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  • Commissioner Frank Mann began his career in public service in 1974, when he served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives and four years in the Florida Senate. In 1986, he was his party's nominee for Lt. Governor of Florida.He and his wife Mary Lee have been married for 58 years. They’ve got a couple of sons who are still local, and five grandkids his bio says he loves to spoil. If Frank Mann is the "dean of Lee County political figures", his mom Barbara B. was the queen of Lee County art figures. She left a whole lot more of a legacy in the local arts community that just her name on the performing arts hall at Florida Southwestern State College. Frank is an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, where he has been a member of the choir for more than 50 years.
  • Scott Miller comes from a radio background as his father was a DJ in Toledo when he was growing up. He spent 4 years in the United States Coast Guard, and has worked in radio for the last 29 years in both management and sales roles. For the past 9 years he’s been a resident of Southwest Florida and worked as a Sales Manager for iHeart Media before joining WGCU as Associate General Manager of business partnerships and corporate investments.
  • Mike Walcher worked for 42 years as an anchor and reporter in radio and TV News, almost always as a hard and breaking news reporter, covering things like the police beat, courts, politics, and local government.Mike retired from broadcasting at the end of 2016 and immediately started teaching journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University. He’s currently teaching the new Democracy Watch course and fellowships at FGCU and is working closely with us here at WGCU.
  • Marc Davis’s been a musician for 25 years - he’s spanned genres as diverse as rock, country, reggae and metal. Today, he plays drums, guitar, bass and horns in both original and cover bands, as well as doing some session recording work. Marc is also a trivia quizmaster, host of the trivia podcast Know Nonsense.
  • Born in Venezuela, Samantha Romero immigrated to Miami, FL in to 2006, and is now a journalism student at FGCU. She’s also a reporter at WGCU, and produces Noticias de WGCU en Español – a weekly news round up produced at WGCU and aired on Radio Conciencia, a community radio station in Immokalee, FL. Sam also works at WINK News where she edits video, and does photography for FGCU.Sam also produces music, documentary film, knits sweaters, and even breeds butterflies.
  • Apollo Fresh (or Jonathon Appolon) is a local nerdcore rapper who specializes in anime rap. As a second generation Haitian immigrant who grew up consuming hip-hop and anime, Apollo decided to combine his passions and before graduating, produced his first big hit single, Jojo Pose in 2020. Since then, he’s been creating solo and collaborative music and videos for YouTube, Tiktok, Spotify, and Instagram, with an upcoming EP, “Life is anime” set to release.Apollo also holds a bachelors in Entrepreneurship and was selected for rapper IDK’s No Label Academy, at Harvard University.
  • Dr. Jake von Scherrer is creator and host of The Educational AD Podcast which showcases High School Athletic directors, coaches, and Olympic athletes from across the country and around the world. He’s also the author of The Athletic Director's Toolbox, and has served as President of the FIAAA, and several other state and national athletic associations.
  • Katie Fogarty is a junior Journalism major at FGCU. She's involved in Eagle News, the FGCU Odyssey Magazine, the Journalism department at FGCU, and WGCU as a News Reporting Intern. Over the summer, Katie plans to intern at the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Bob Morris is an American novelist who writes Caribbean-themed mysteries. He is also the author of several collections of nonfiction, including Gut Check, Short Road to Hell, The Man with the Fish on His Foot, All Over the Map, and The Whole Shebang.He’s also president of Story Farm, which is a custom publishing company that creates books, magazines and other publications for a wide variety of clients. And he’s an adjunct professor at Rollins College where he teaches courses in food writing and crime fiction.After graduating from the University of Florida, he worked at a number of newspapers, including the Florida Keys Free Press, the Fort Myers News-Press, the Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. He’s also been editor in chief of Caribbean Travel & Life magazine and Gulfshore Life magazine.
  • Katie Lyon is a singer-songwriter from Southwest Florida who has spent time busking on the beaches, playing dive bars, and breweries. She says there’s really no one place that holds her, but Chattanooga currently does have a pretty tight grip. She’s been influenced by the sounds of Brandi Carlile, Miranda Lambert, and Kacey Musgraves, as well as George Strait, Chris Stapleton, & Jason Isbell.