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August 12, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 231 - Mark Danni

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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

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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

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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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July 22, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 228 - Michaela Berres

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Michaela Berres is a junior at FGCU studying music therapy. She has been studying as a musician since she was 13 years old, originally training in jazz, songwriting, and musical theatre. Earlier this year she came into the studio with a group of musicians studying under the FGCU Bower School of Music’s Director of Jazz Studies Brandon Robertson (Ep 93) to perform live on our radio show Gulf Coast Life Arts Edition with John Davis.

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July 15, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 227 - Radu Paponiu

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Radu Paponiu is the new Artistic and Music Director of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. He’s also Associate Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic, and Music Director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Since 2017, Radu has conducted the Naples Philharmonic in more than 100 different classical, education and pops programs. He’s been a guest conductor with orchestras around the world including the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and the North Carolina Symphony. 

He got his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music. While in Boston, he was also conductor apprentice with the Handel and Haydn Society. 

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July 8, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 226 - Randall Kenneth Jones

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Randall Kenneth Jones is an author, podcaster, actor, and public speaker. Over the years he has interviewed more than 100 people of note, both for the Naples Daily News and for his podcast JONES.SHOW, which he produces with Susan C. Bennett (the original voice of Siri), including Erin Brockovich, Pat Benatar, Brian Boitano, Rita Rudner, Shirley Jones, Suze Orman, Vanessa Williams and many more.

His book, “Show Me: Celebrities, Business Tycoons, Rock Stars, Journalists, Humanitarians, Attack Bunnies & More!” was published in late 2016, and this fall, his first fiction book, “Ruby,” will be published by Mark Victor Hansen of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” fame.

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July 1, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 225 - Janine Zeitlin

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Janine Zeitlin is an investigative and enterprise journalist for the USA TODAY Network-Florida. She has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vice and BBC. Her journalism has received more than 50 state and national awards. Her reporting on Florida farmworkers and migrant students during the pandemic was recently honored by the national Association of Health Care Journalists and the national Education Writers Association.

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June 24, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 244 - Juliana Morgan Alvarez

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Juliana Morgan Alvarez is an actor, artist, and theatre-maker. Born and raised in Miami, FL, she began performing at a young age with the Miami Ballet and acting in various theatre productions. After graduating college, Juliana moved to Los Angeles and continued acting, performing with her improv group, the Knife Kids, and producing science documentaries. 

Juliana has traveled throughout the United States working on different projects such as a feature film, The Veteran, and the performance art & installation piece, One Island produced by the Ghostbird Theatre Company.

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June 17, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 223 - Scott Miller

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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.

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June 10, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 222 - Fernando López Flores

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Fernando López Flores was one of the people responsible for the international initiative Musica para Respirar, or Music to Breathe 24/7 program, that provided more than 3,000 free virtual concerts for healthcare workers and COVID-19 patients in more than 55 countries.

Fernando is also co-founder of the Con Fuoco Bolivian Pianists Society and has been a member of the Bolivian Chamber Music Society since 2015, and is a former student of the San Ignacio de Moxos Baroque Music School, where he was selected to be the only protege of renowned Bolivian pianist Elizabeth Schwimmer. 

He was also the creator and artistic director of the artistic installation, The Music Forest, at FGCU which merged the Bower School of Music & the Arts with the FGCU Food Forest, which is a student-run botanical garden on campus. 

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June 3, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 221 - Stephen Cavitt

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Stephen Cavitt teaches English and creative writing at FGCU and he’s led groups around the world, from the back trails of the Appalachians to the streets of Shanghai. Stephen has also taught for Duke University, the University of Tennessee, Georgia College, and Chattanooga State Community College.

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May 27, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 220 - Mike Walcher

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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.

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May 20, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 219 - Pat Mitchell

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Pat Mitchell is a filmmaker and has made 4 films, including his latest, a feature called “Apples, Oranges, Lemons & Limes” which will be screened Saturday, May 21st, 2022 at the Fort Myers Film Festival in downtown Fort Myers. Other than films, Pat also produces music, mostly these days for his brother Freddie Forward who is a Southwest Florida-based hip hop artist.

Pat was born in the Bronx and raised in Yonkers, New York. He’s lived in Florida for about 15 years now. Pat says his current mindset is to grow and challenge himself more than ever, and that while he loves finishing a film his goal is always to make treasured memories along the way with his casts and crews.

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May 13, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 218 - Samantha Romero

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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.

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May 6, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 217 - Apollo Fresh

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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. 

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April 29, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 216 - Sabrina Salovitz

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Sabrina is the Editor-in-Chief of Eagle News and is one of WGCU’s Democracy Watch Fellows, covering news local to Southwest Florida with a focus on government. She’s also been a Next Generation Radio reporter for NPR

Sabrina plans to graduate this semester, and will be working on her Masters in Journalism at NYU in the Fall.

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April 22, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 215 - Dr. Jake von Scherrer

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 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. 

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April 15, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 214 - Katie Fogarty

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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. 

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April 8, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 213 - Bob Morris

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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.

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April 1, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 212 - Patience Cole

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Patience Cole is the Digital Media editor for Razzle Dazzle, the Pop culture and video games podcast, which has had Mike, Richard, and Tara as guests. Go check it out! She's also a production intern at WINK News, a digital marketing intern at Celsius Marketing interactive a singer-songwriter, and an about-to-graduate English major at FGCU.

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