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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: Rachel Iacovone

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

Jesi Cason Photography

We’re featuring an encore presentation of our conversation, including live music, from Southwest Florida rock and blues musician and vocal powerhouse Kate Skales.  We spoke with Skales just ahead of her headlining performance at the first show of this year’s “Sounds of Summer” concert series at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.  

Skales is currently traveling and performing outside of Florida, but she’ll be back in town next month for a show at Beach Records in Fort Myers, Aug. 25.  Then on Sept. 1, you can catch her performing at HOWL Gallery in Fort Myers, and on Oct. 6 she’ll be playing at Rack’em Spirits & Times in Cape Coral.

Courtesy of New Phoenix Theatre

Southwest Florida’s performing arts scene is gaining a new community theatre company.  New Phoenix Theatre in South Fort Myers is currently renovating a former gym into a venue that can accommodate up to 100 audience members, or up to 300 patrons for standing-room-only shows.  In April, the organization announced an ambitious line-up of plays for its inaugural 2018-2019 season, including performances of “Marvin’s Room,” “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Rumors” among others.  The new theatre company’s founders include local actors and directors who came together to provide something fresh in the local theatre scene, with an emphasis on diversity, inclusion and more roles for women.  We’ll take a closer look at the mission of Southwest Florida’s newest theatre offering in a conversation with co-founder, actor and director James Robinson and get a preview of shows in New Phoenix Theatre’s inaugural season which opens in October.

Mote Marine Laboratory

A persistent red tide bloom has been plaguing Southwest Florida’s Gulf coast since the fall of 2017, with reports of fish kills and beachgoers experiencing respiratory irritation from exposure to the toxic algae.  To date, there has been no proven way to eliminate red tide, particularly in large areas, without causing harm to the natural ecosystem. 

WGCU / Mike Kiniry

Sports are far more than just games -- that’s the underlying principle behind a new exhibit on display at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers called Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America. The Smithsonian Institution travelling exhibit explores the many ways sports, from pick up games to national championships, have connected people and communities, and have become a fundamental part of our culture.


One of the biggest draws to our area is the beaches, but when red tide is blooming off the coast, dead and injured animals wash ashore, and people who get a whiff of the airborne algae can have respiratory issues. Red tide can cause some birds to look drunk, while sea turtles can become basically incapacitated. While researchers busy themselves with trying to figure out what causes red tide, or what could help get rid of it, we’re sitting down with a person whose focus is on what the stuff does to animals and people. Heather Barron is the Hospital Director at CROW on Sanibel, where been busy rehabbing animals during the recent bloom.