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Encore: The History of Soul Music in the Sunshine State

University Press of Florida

When you think of soul music, the state of Florida is not likely to spring to mind first. But, along with cities like Detroit, Memphis, and New Orleans, the Sunshine State also has a rich history in the world of soul music. We’re listening back to a conversation we had in February of this year with John Capouya, author of “Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band” - and Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Tampa. He sat down with Julie Glenn ahead of his presentation at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers on Florida’s Soul Music Heritage.

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.