Gulf Coast Music on XPoNential

A local music program highlighting local singer/songwriters performing original works. Gulf Coast Music on XPoNential HD2 is recorded in WGCU-FM’s studio by Production Manager Richard Chin Quee with help from Traffic Manager Luc Martin.FGCU sophomore James Till hosts. Listen on line at or on our free app.

Interested musicians please contact Nita Flores.

Alexis Anand

Dec 10, 2015

Alexis Anand of Naples is an 11-year-old 6th grader at Royal Palm Academy. She says she began playing guitar and wrote her first song called “When I Wake Up” at the age of six. She’s also been playing piano for four years and would like to learn how to play drums. This past summer she attended a music camp on Broadway. She says her goal is to play at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Anand plans to start a YouTube channel soon under her name.

Stephen Royka

Nov 13, 2014

Stephen Royka started playing guitar in high school using the video game Guitar Hero. He then turned to electric guitar. He picked it up again last spring which was an entire decade later. He now works at CROW on Sanibel in wildlife rehabilitation. He says he goes for complicated lyrics and though the music comes out as ‘90’s alternative rock that wasn’t always his intention.

Royka wrote and sang his first song this past June. He took piano lessons as a young child and says he would love to go back to it. He says he’d also love to learn how to play the Theremin. He plays at open mic nights at George and Wendy’s Seafood grill on Sanibel and at the French Connection in Fort Myers. His music can be heard online at and at

Don Jensen

Oct 9, 2014

Thursday 10/9 @8pm, Saturday 10/11 @10pm & Sunday 10/12 @3pm

Don Jenson was born in the same Minnesota town as Bob Dylan but he grew up with a TV in the mountains of Colorado. Currently he builds boat docks in southwest Florida dreaming of the day he says he can become a professional musician rather than a professional carpenter.

Jenson said his days listening to music in Colorado influenced his songs today.

“There’s a pretty big bluegrass scene in Colorado and there’s also a lot of rock and country that go together and so it kind of made my sound I believe – that rustic, western sound,” said Jenson.

The 45-year-old didn’t start playing guitar until after high school when he was in the Army. He’s influenced by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin categorizing his music as a cross between folk, country, and rock.

He said he looks forward to collaborating with other musicians and maybe even starting a band. Jenson currently performs around southwest Florida’s open mic nights.

WGCU’s local music program on its AAA channel highlights local singer/songwriters performing their own original works. This month we hear from Hung Phuc Ly and Jennifer Ruzicka. Hung came to the United States during Operation Baby Lift from Vietnam in 1975. He said its affect his music from a life of pain and suffering to a current good and positive place.

“It makes me want to make everybody else happy with it. That’s my purpose in music, in playing my flutes, is that I want to bring joy to people without anything. Just give it to them,” he said. He plays Native American flute and other woodwinds.

He also owns a bike shop in Naples and has raced BMX bikes for 27 years. Ruzicka accompanies him on piano. They plan to work on a musical project about Hung’s journey from Vietnam.

Luke Janke

May 1, 2014

Performer Luke Janke is in the band Bull Moose Party and is a journalism major at FGCU. Janke started playing trombone in fifth grade. Last year he created his own one-man-band named after Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Party of the early 1900s. Janke also plays mandolin, drums, piano, and bass guitar.