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

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Musicians with the FGCU Jazz Nonet take over WGCU’s performance studio with a live performance!  Members of the group include students studying music performance and music education at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music.  Under the direction of Jazz Studies professor and bassist Brandon Robertson, members of the ensemble have spent the last semester studying the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans from the iconic 1957 compilation album “Birth of the Cool.”

Bruno Halpern / WGCU

A recent study by scientists with the University of Florida and the U.S. Geological Survey finds that Burmese pythons may be foraging on wading bird nesting rookeries in the Everglades. The research is published in PLOS One.

The study’s lead author, Sophie Orzechowski, performed this research as part of her recently completed master’s degree in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida.

Plus,  cane toads are invasive species brought to the U.S. in an effort to protect sugar cane fields from pests. Now they present danger to pets and local wildlife. The toads, as well as Burmese pythons, are throwing off the Southwest Florida ecosystem. /

According to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more than 500 confirmed individual cases of measles have been recorded in 20 different states across the nation since the beginning of this year. Since the viral infection was eliminated in the U.S. nearly 19 years ago, the first few months of 2019 saw the second-greatest number of measles cases reported.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder marked by systems such as tremors, stiffness and slow muscle movement. According to, 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the neurological disorder each year. In honor of it being National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, we've invited many people whose lives orbit around Parkinson’s disease to the studio.

Dr. Ramon A. Gil, a neurologist at the Parkinson’s Treatment Center of Southwest Florida, phones the studio to contribute a rundown of medical details of the disease. Michael and Gretchen Church, a couple who both have Parkinson’s, share their experience about dealing with the disease. Mary Spremulli, a medical speech-language pathologist from Voice Aerobics Speech Language Therapy; Michelle Martin, the coordinator of the Hope Parkinson Program; and Carissa Campanella, a care advisor from the Neurochallenge Foundation.

Courtesy of James Greco, FGCU

Emmy nominated bassist, composer and music educator and advocate Brandon Robertson performs live in studio ahead of the anticipated release of his first album, “Bass’d on a True Story,” this summer.  The original jazz compositions on the new album serve as an audio-biography of Robertson’s life journey through music with songs influenced by his real-life experiences.  In addition to recording and performing in Southwest Florida with the Dan Miller-Lew Del Gatto Quartet, Robertson is a music professor at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music where he is Director of Jazz Studies.