Gulf Coast Live on WGCU

Monday through Thursday at 1 & 9PM

Gulf Coast Live is a live, locally produced, call-in radio show focusing on issues that matter to Southwest Floridians. It's your chance to share your thoughts and connect to your community, live on the radio, and interact with experts, decision makers and each other via phone calls and social media.

Hosted by: Julie Glenn
Produced by: Mike Kiniry

Call:  1-877-GCU-TALK 
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Twitter: - #GCL

Gulf Coast Live is funded by the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation

Lisa Marie Pullicino / L.M. Pullicino Photography

Southwest Florida singer, songwriter, guitarist and violinist Claire Liparulo joins us to perform live in studio!  Liparulo’s distinctive vocal style is a rich blend of resounding power and soulful sweetness.  She is perhaps best known as the frontwoman for the reggae & soul band The Freecoasters.  Liparulo has recently made the transition to making music her full-time pursuit, which mean more opportunities to catch her solo performances at venues throughout the region.  We’ll learn more about her journey through music and get a first listen to some of her newest original songs.

WGCU / Tara Calligan

We're taking the show on the road to the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fort Myers warehouse to meet some of the people who work to bring food to those in need all across the region. The food bank has been operating in Southwest Florida since 1983.

The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count was started on Christmas Day in the year 1900. It’s one of the longest running citizen science efforts ever. During the count, birdwatchers go to designated areas within 15-mile circles and count the type, and number, of birds they see and hear over the course of a day.

Pierson Hill

After years of searching for what was rumored to be a giant salamander living in the swamps of the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama, a team of researchers have found it, and recently published a paper describing for the first time this entirely new species they named the reticulated siren. This giant new salamander species, which can grow up to 2 feet long, is one of the largest new species to be described in the U.S. in more than a century.

Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife

Gopher tortoises are long-lived reptiles that that can be found throughout Florida’s forests, pastures, and yards. They dig deep burrows for shelter and forage on plants. Their burrows are important to more than 350 other wildlife species, and that’s why they’re referred to as a keystone species.