Mike Kiniry


Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 

He became the first producer of Gulf Coast Live when the show launched in 2004, and also worked as the host of All Things Considered from 2004 to 2006, and the host of Morning Edition from 2006 to 2011. He then left public radio to work as PR Director for the Alliance for the Arts for five years, and was then Principled Communicator at the election integrity company Free & Fair for a year before returning to WGCU in October, 2017.

In the past Mike has been a bartender and cook at Liquid Café in downtown Fort Myers, a golf club fixer/seller at the Broken Niblick Golf Shop in Fort Myers, and a bookseller at Ives Book Shop in Fort Myers. He lives near downtown Fort Myers with his daughter, and their dog and two cats.


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.


Dr. David Thomas held many roles over the course of his 20 years in law enforcement. He was a patrol officer, detective, he served in the Street Crimes division, SWAT, Hostage Negotiations, Community Policing, and he trained other officers in many of these roles.


Advances in technology, and miniaturization, have led to great leaps forward when it comes to drones in recent years -- think things like quadcopters that people fly, sometimes using their phones as the interface, even being able to see in real time what the drone is seeing. Now, the Lee Virtual School’s Drone and Engineering Club is getting in on the action with its inaugural Micro Madness Drone race, which is Monday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m. at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. It’s open to drone pilots of all skill levels, whether they have their own drone or not. We’re joined by the Lee Virtual School’s principal, Al Shilling, to learn more.

Oceans Habitat, Inc.

With southwest Florida’s ongoing water woes, there are lots of people working to find ways to improve the water quality in this part of the state. One of those people is David Wolff, he is founder of a nonprofit called Ocean Habitats, Inc. that’s creating and selling mini artificial reefs that are generally installed underneath docks. The basic idea is to create safe habitats for filter feeders like oysters, as well as juvenile fish and crabs, and other marine life, to grow and thrive.

Image by David Condrey from Pixabay.


In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re currently in what could easily be described as a bonanza of new TV and film production. Just Netflix alone is expected to spend about $13-billion on new content production just this year. Spread that out across the other providers who are now making shows and films, like Amazon and even Apple, and there is lots of money up for grabs for locations for productions – and some states are working hard to attract it.