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December 9, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 248 - Tatum Bates


Tatum Bates is a sophomore Theatre major at Florida Gulf Coast University. She's acted in plays, musicals, and films produced all over Florida, and she also shows off her work in special effects movie makeup, on her TikTok. She's also the newest cohost on the Razzle Dazzle podcast.

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December 2, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 247 - Guest Music Roundup vol.2


We’re dipping back into our collection of songs that our musician guests have played for us at the end of their episodes. It’s one of our very favorite things about this show. This episode's music guests are:

David Mayfield

Sergio Munoz

Max Hatt and Edda Glass

Billy Kemp

David Hintz

Cody Smith

Spencer "Duke Stamina" Elles

Katie Lyon

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November 25, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 246 - Rendy Ramos


Rendy Ramos is a videographer, editor, and avid cinephile. He has worked on shoots including ESPN, music festivals on cruises, nationally broadcast dog shows, wedding films, and music videos. 

Rendy moved back to Southwest Florida in 2013 and was a Production Director for Waterman Broadcasting, the local NBC/ABC affiliate before shifting to Photojournalism and joining us here at WGCU developing content and stories.

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November 18, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 245 - Guest Music Roundup vol.1


Whenever we have musicians on the show we ask them to play a song for us as that week’s parting tune. Over the years we’ve compiled quite a collection of songs, so today we’re putting some of them together for Volume 1. of our Music Guest Roundup.

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November 11, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 244 - Dr. Ebony Green


Dr. Ebony Green has been a teacher, principal, district leader and is now nationally recognized champion for Equity at the Institute for Student Achievement, where she supports school districts nationally to ensure equitable outcomes for all students.

Ebony has taught as an adjunct professor at Mercy College, Pace University, and is currently serving at Bank Street College in New York City, and Fordham University where she teaches a course that examines the Impact of Prejudice. 

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November 4, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 243 - Tritonal


DJs Chad Cisneros and David Reed are the halves of the Austin Texas-based music duo Tritonal. As they have released five studio albums, including their latest Coalesce earlier this year.

Chad and David host the show Tritonia on Sirius XM Electric Area, they were #65 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs of 2012, and one of MTV Clubland's "10 Artists to Watch in 2013"

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October 28, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 242 - Mike Braun


Mike Braun is managing editor at WGCU working with our reporters to dig deeper and add context to stories affecting Southwest Florida. In his career in print media, he's been a general assignment reporter, copy editor, Sunday edition editor, designer, and chief of the design desk.

In 1985 he convinced the editors that he could fill a page weekly with news about hunting, fishing and conservation topics, and did just that as de facto outdoor editor for the next 20 years in addition to his regular duties. 

Mike then moved to southwest Florida and joined The News-Press in 2005 as a front page designer and then moved back to reporting in 2011.

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October 21, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 241 - Jon Shain


Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who combines improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime, and is the 2019 winner of the International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category. His most recent solo disc, Gettin’ Handy with the Blues: A Tribute to the Legacy of WC Handy, was released in 2018.

In 1989 he founded the Chapel Hill-based folk-rock group, Flyin’ Mice and their spin-off group, WAKE. They released four CDs and played up and down the East Coast until the late 90s.

He then went solo, and has since released ten albums of his own folk-blues compositions.

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October 14, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 240 - Jenny Lapham


Jenny Lapham is a mental health advocate and sociology fangirl who leverages her personal and professional expertise to change how we talk about mental wellness. Jenny has led an unconventional life full of chaos, magic and education. Her idea of a good time is obsessing over romance novels, crafting, and missing the 90s. 

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October 7, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 239 - Judd Cribbs


Judd Cribbs was a writer, reporter and editor for 25 years before becoming a teacher.  He's worked as a digital teletext news writer and editor at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati from 1985 to 1993. After a brief time as a freelance reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer, he was an on-air television news reporter for WFTX-TV and WLWT-TV, also in Cincinnati, until 1998. Cribbs won a regional Emmy award in 1994 at WLWT. 

He moved to Florida in 1998 to work as a feature reporter for WINK-TV, becoming the managing editor there in 2008. He taught TV Production at Cape Coral High School in 2011-2012 before starting at FGCU in 2012, where he is currently an assistant professor in the Journalism Program.

We sat down with Judd on September 9th…19 days before Hurricane Ian made landfall about 35 miles from our studio in south Fort Myers.

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September 30, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 238 - Cadence Bakker


Cadence Bakker is musician and a senior at FGCU studying Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. She's been writing since she was six years old, and self-taught for piano, guitar, and ukulele. 

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September 23, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 237 - Mike Swindle


Mike Swindle is Superintendent of Hendry County Schools. A former teacher in Hendry County, Mike was instrumental in growing the Career and Technical Education program that gives opportunities for students and adults in the Hendry region. 

He began his career as a public official in 2013 when was elected as a Hendry County Commissioner, and has been the schools Superintendent since 2020.

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September 16, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 236 - Jason Teeters


Jason Teeters is an Industrial Organizational Psychologist. He's worked with the United Nations, the U.S. Center for Disease Control,  The Rockefeller Foundation, SecondMuse, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the NGO Movember, where he delivered the first ever mental health and wellness program for Black men.

Jason is currently Nurturing Lead at the Collaboratory in downtown Fort Myers, where he helps people overcome the emotional, psychological, and technical challenges to successful collaboration.

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September 9, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 235 - Sheldon Zoldan


Sheldon Zoldan has been producing Song of the Day since about 2020. He describes it as part history, part trivia, and all music. In it, he tells a short story every day that ties into music history or historical events and features a song.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Sheldon graduated with a degree in journalism from Ohio State University. In the late 1970s he worked as an editor at Ohio Magazine, which was founded and operated by the infamous Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler Magazine. Sheldon also worked at an experimental cable station called Qube that was kind of like interactive TV before its time.

He returned to print journalism and wound up at the News-Press as a business writer in 1986. He ended up a metro editor and retired from the paper in 2019.

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September 2, 2022 @ 7:04 am

Episode - 234 Andy Spaulding (AKA Alyssa Lemay)


Andy Spaulding is a Southwest-Florida based drag entertainer who performs as Alyssa Lemay, the “comedic, Broadway belting, bingo calling alter ego” of Andy. Originating from Canton, Ohio, Andy is a graduate of Ashland University, with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. 

His alter ego Alyssa has held many titles, including Miss Cape Coral Pride in 2020. Alyssa is frequently a guest judge for local competitions, both drag and non-drag events and often hired to emcee large fundraising events for area charities. 


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August 26, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 233 - Brendan Rivers


Brendan Rivers is the lead reporter for ADAPT, which is WJCT’s digital magazine exploring how Northeast Florida is adapting to sea level rise and other effects of climate change. He also hosts the ADAPT podcast.

Brendan originally planned to pursue a career as a composer, arranger, music producer and recording engineer, but he got an internship at WGCU and that convinced him he belongs in broadcasting and public media.

He’s been a Special Projects Producer at WJCT in Jacksonville since 2018. Prior to that he spent time as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.

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August 19, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 232 - Teen Edition: Kiara Roman


Kiara Roman is a 17-year-old senior theatre major at Cypress Lake High School’s Center for the Arts in Fort Myers, Florida. In her free time Kiara says she loves to watch Marvel movies and tv shows, hang out with friends, including Mike's 17-year-old daughter Guinevere.

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August 12, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 231 - Mark Danni


Mark Danni is the Founding Producing Artistic Director of TheatreZone, a professional Equity theatre company in Naples, Florida and he created and runs the theatre program at The Community School of Naples.

He’s been involved with many Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional productions as a Director, Music Director, Conductor and Drummer/Percussionist including New York City directing credits for What Would Esther Williams Do In A Situation Like This?, Sea Fever, and Aggravation.

He has conducted National Tours of Les Miserables and Barnum, and as a Drummer/Percussionist, Mark’s Broadway credits include Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, Les Mis, Miss Saigon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Grand Hotel.

And also he’s been a part of national Tours of The Phantom of the Opera, Fame, Hair, 42nd Street, Nunsense, and the European Tour of Evita; and is a member of The Society for Directors & Choreographers and the American Federation of Musicians.

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August 5, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 230 - Camryn Cole


Camryn Cole is the premier Secretary of Student Organization at FGCU called “Coalition of Collegiate Musicians of Color”, a member of CGO Music International’s Naples-based vocal group “VOYCES”, and is a Voice Major at FGCU. She also studies Music Theatre and Jazz vocal technique and is planning to get her masters in Vocal Pedagogy.

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July 29, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 229 - Jen and Amelia Ford


Jennifer and Amelia Ford are two-thirds of the Fort Myers-based family power trio, The Shytunas. Jennifer has been writing and recording her own songs since she learned how to press Record and Play at the same time. Her daughter, Amelia, will be a 5th grader this year.

Amelia’s a member of the National Elementary Honor Society, an award winning cross country star, wants to be an astronomer when she grows up.

Her father and Jennifer’s husband, Seth Ford, was our guest back in 2019 and he rounds out The Shytunas lineup.

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