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Gulf Coast Life: Arts Edition with John Davis

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Life! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida. Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011. Send news pitches to wgcunews at wgcu.org

Latest Episodes
  • We’ll explore the 13th Annual Naples International Film Festival which runs Oct. 21-24 with Artis-Naples Executive Vice President David Filner and two filmmakers whose work will be screened.
  • Internationally renowned artists William Wegman and Jack Massing are collaborating for the first time to create newly commissioned works in a site-specific exhibition now at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers. The exhibition is titled “William WEGMAN & Jack MASSING: TWO CLEVER BY HALF – A Call & Response Project.”
  • The Laboratory Theater of Florida in Fort Myers has a robust slate of live theatre offerings throughout its 13th season. We’ll get a preview of what’s in store for Southwest Florida theatre patrons with the Laboratory Theater of Florida’s Founding Artistic Director Annette Trossbach.
  • Internationally renowned artists William Wegman and Jack Massing are collaborating for the first time to create newly commissioned works in a site-specific exhibition now at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers. The exhibition is titled “William WEGMAN & Jack MASSING: TWO CLEVER BY HALF – A Call & Response Project.”
  • The Southwest Florida based arts organization Love Your Rebellion is hitting the ground running as we approach the traditional performing arts season. We’ll get a preview of all the Love Your Rebellion has to offer in the coming months with the organization’s founder and board of director’s chair, Angela Page.
  • A conversation with Artsemble Underground artists and founders Cesar Aguilera and Brian Weaver about the organization and about the power and function of public art murals.
  • We talk to artists Steve Kalb and Zan Lombardo about their work featured in a new joint exhibition titled “Forge & Scroll” at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers.
  • The Laboratory Theatre of Florida begins its 13th season with the Southwest Florida premiere of the multi-Tony award-winning musical, “The Color Purple,” based on the Pulitzer prize-winning and National Book Award-winning novel by author Alice Walker. We'll explore the production with Director Sonya McCarter and Lab Theatre Founding Artistic Director Annette Trossbach.
  • We explore an exhibition currently running at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens titled, "We Dream A World: African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida, The Highwaymen," with the exhibit's curator Radiah Lovette Harper.
  • Singer/songwriters Bill Metts and Bruce Gallant perform as a duo at venues throughout Southwest Florida. The two met through the Americana Community Music Association in Fort Myers where they’ve each spent years leading the organization’s singer/songwriter circle. Metts is also co-founder and Vice President of the nonprofit Hope By Song, where Gallant also serves as Recruitment Director.Metts and Gallant stopped by the WGCU studios to perform live! We’ll learn their original tunes and gain insight into their individual approaches to songwriting.