WJCT’s First Coast Connect Receives National PRNDI Award

Contact: Stan Cleiland, Vice President, Community Relations and Strategic Communications

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For Immediate Release

WJCT’s First Coast Connect Receives National PRNDI Award
First Coast Connect Wins First Place in The Call–In Program Category

(Jacksonville, FL, June 29, 2015); WJCT’s First Coast Connect has received its fourth national award from Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRNDI). The program captured first place in the Call-In Program category. Awarded for work produced in 2014, the national awards recognize outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations. WJCT’s First Coast Connect was recognized for first place in a medium sized newsroom division for the episode featuring, “Michael Dunn Verdict”.

First Coast Connect airs weekdays at 9:00 a.m. on 89.9 WJCT-FM. Hosted by Melissa Ross, the one-hour, call-in program features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists. WJCT launched First Coast Connect in August 2009 to provide a venue for community members to be heard on local issues. Listeners can call (904) 549-2937 during the program, or email firstcoastconnect@wjct.org with comments and questions.

“Congratulations to host/executive producer Melissa Ross, producer Sean Birch, and the dedicated team that helps deliver the program to the First Coast community,” says WJCT Vice President of Content and Operations Karen Feagins, “We are honored to be recognized by our national colleagues in public radio.” This is the fourth time First Coast Connect has won a PRNDI award.

First Coast Connect is a production of WJCT, public broadcasting for the First Coast. WJCT is your community, your world. For more information about WJCT’s content, visit WJCT Online at wjct.org.