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June 7, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 65 - Kyle Anne Duggan

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Kyle Anne Duggan is a southwest Florida-based singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer and arranger. She's a “Berklee drop out with a penchant for hollow body guitars and writing songs about boys, and she says, "Pedal Steel makes me swoon. Please 'Like' my Facebook page and buy my music, I really want to quit my day job."

 

This episode is supported in part by a City of Fort Myers Arts & Culture Grant.

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May 31, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 64 - Dr. Sharon Isern

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Dr. Sharon Isern is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at FGCU. She's a scientist, an educator, and an artist - her cool website is steampunkphage.com. Besides teaching Cell Biology, doing research, and making visual art, she recently turned to theater.

 

She earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, then worked in industry as an engineer for Exxon designing equipment for oil refineries, and a production manager making soap for Procter & Gamble.

 

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May 24, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 63 - Berry van Boekel

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Berry van Boekel is known for his ongoing annual Top 100 project that started in the Netherlands while he was still a teenager. In more than thirty-five years, he has charted millions of songs and painted thousands of musician's portraits.

He also teaches studio art and art history at Florida SouthWestern State College and has exhibited with the prestigious White Columns in New York; Skylab in Columbus; Reed Gallery at the University of Cincinnati; Country Club Projects in Cincinnati, Peel Gallery in Houston, and with the NADA Art Fair in Miami. Recently his work was shown at Tempus Projects in Tampa, curated by Jade Dellinger, director at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in Fort Myers.

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May 17, 2019 @ 12:33 am

Episode 62 - Dr. Maria Roca

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Dr. Maria Roca is in a way the main reason I am here today, getting to make this show. I was an FGCU student several times, and it was she who dragged me back in after being distracted by life...twice. AND she's who hooked me up with an internship at WGCU. 

Maria is the Chair of the Department of Integrated Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. She got her Ph.D. in Media Ecology, and her M.A. in Performing Arts Management, she is a founding faculty member of FGCU. She's also the mother of one daughter, Alissa, who is a professional opera singer living in Dallas.

 

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May 10, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 61 - Tara Calligan

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Tara Calligan is this show’s online content producer and primary in house cheerleader. Her day job at WGCU is social media and digital philanthropy manager - which basically translates to being the station’s Social & Digital Media Maven - she creates and curates all of our social and digital media content, of which there is much.

Tara calls herself a self-proclaimed audiophile, supernerd, Bob Ross Chia Pet aficionado, and Halloween enthusiast...which I can attest to simply from spending time in her office. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism, and wound up at the station after doing an internship.

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May 3, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 60 - Jim Griffith

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Jim Griffith is a musician and art center director. He got his M.M. degree from the Juilliard School in 1987, his undergraduate degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and attended Florida State University. He’s been a member of the Hudson String Quartet in New York and director of the New Arts Festival in Fort Myers. He formerly served as principal violist of the New York Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Virtuosi, and he’s played with a bunch of other orchestras around the country over the years. He’s been with the Naples Philharmonic since 1989.

In 1997 he formed a nonprofit called Florida Arts, Inc. in order to create a home for the arts in downtown Fort Myers, and he managed the founding and development of the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center.

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April 26, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 59 - Caleb Neff

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Caleb Neff’s a producer, songwriter, and lead singer of the band Rosaline. He began performing at the age of 10 when his mom forced him to get guitar lessons. He’s worked on, and contributed to, hundreds of recordings over the years. He describes himself as a “Lifelong tone afficanado”, and says he loves weaving old recording equipment into his process. His home base is Juniper Recording in Cape Coral, but he also uses commercial facilities when needed, he says giving the artists he works with the best of both worlds in terms of sound, feel, and budget.

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April 19, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 58 - Marc Davis

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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, and a manager in the food service industry...think pretzels. To me, Marc Davis is emblematic of the power of trusting friends' opinions, plus social media, to create a real kind of friendship from a distance. His last message to me as he agonized over his song choices was, “Mike, this has torn my world apart...ha ha ha.”

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April 12, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 57 - Shawna Caspi

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Shawna Caspi’s a Toronto-based singer-songwriter who’s doing a swing through Florida to play a few gigs. Tonight will be her first live performance after taking some time away from the road to write and attend the Banff Centre’s Singer-Songwriter Residency in Alberta. She says she loves the landscapes of her travels, weaving them into her songs, and that she also portrays them on canvases as a painter. Her fourth album “Forest Fire” is described as a collection of songs about burning things down and building them up again. 

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April 5, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 56 - John Siddons

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John Siddons was born in Switzerland, but lived most of his early life in the UK. He got his degree in French Language and Literature from University of Grenoble in France and served in the Royal Marine Force Voluntary Service from 1958 to 1961. At one point his bio says he “Introduced the King of Saudi Arabia to the concept of high value thematic gifts” in the mid 1970s. He says he was later responsible for equipping a number of palaces in the Middle East with banqueting items of glass, china, silver, and gold. His business dealings in that part of the world came crashing down when the Gulf War began in 1990...and that’s pretty much where we’re going to begin.

We came across John a while back when he was visiting the station - turns out he used to be All Things Considered host here at WGCU when the station was first built on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus - that’s when what used to be WSFP turned into WGCU. We got to talking and Richard and I gave each other a look that meant we knew John was eventually gonna join us in studio.

 

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