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Julie Glenn Returns to WGCU


Regular listeners will have noticed that this show’s normal host, Julie Glenn, has not been around for the past three months or so. She’s been out on medical leave after being diagnosed with a brain tumor at the beginning of July.

She’s been transparent about that diagnosis, and everything she’s been through since, including surgery to remove the tumor, and six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatments, which wrapped up last week. Now, she’s back in the saddle as Gulf Coast Live host and as our News Director, so we thought we’d continue that transparency with a conversation about what she's been through so far, and what's on the horizon.

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. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.