WJCT and WLRN Partner to Present New Statewide News Program, The Florida Roundup

WJCT and WLRN Partner to Present New Statewide News Program, The Florida Roundup
Show Debuts Friday, October 6 and Airs Weekly on Fridays at 1pm on Florida Public Radio Stations

(Jacksonville, FL, September 26, 2017); WJCT and WLRN are partnering for a new weekly radio news show, The Florida Roundup, which debuts Friday, October 6 at 1pm on 89.9 WJCT Public Radio. Building upon the success of the special statewide series Decision Florida, this new series will engage listeners statewide with discussions about the issues making an impact on Florida. The Florida Roundup is a new call-in radio program featuring journalists and newsmakers from across the state and co-hosted by WJCT’s Melissa Ross and WLRN’s Tom Hudson. The Florida Roundup will broadcast through the state on public radio stations 89.9 WJCT-FM Jacksonville, 91.3 WLRN-FM Miami, 88.9 WFSU-FM Tallahassee, 89.1 WUFT-FM Gainesville, 90.1 WGCU-FM Fort Myers, 89.5 WFIT-FM Melbourne, and 90.7 WKGC-FM Panama City.

WJCT Executive Producer/Host Melissa Ross says, “It’s really exciting to launch a live, call-in program with statewide reach that covers the always lively and fascinating state of Florida. Working with Tom Hudson and the team at WLRN on this new show is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate in connecting listeners in a vital conversation about the most important issues affecting the Sunshine State.” WLRN’s Vice President of News Tom Hudson says, “Education, the environment, economic development are just some of the important challenges in Florida regardless of your zip code. This new program will link together Florida and Floridians in the effort to better understand the news stories affecting our lives by talking with the journalists covering the stories and newsmakers.”

“Perspective and context. These are two important ingredients to understanding the news of the day and The Florida Roundup is going to provide them,” says Patrick Yack, executive director of Florida Public Broadcasting Service (FPBS). He adds, “FPBS is proud to support this statewide collaboration throughout Florida’s public radio network.” Florida Roundup will engage with public broadcasting stations across the state on weekly calls for content ideas as well as highlight the work of statewide and national public media broadcasters. WJCT and WLRN will share editorial decisions and management of the program.

WLRN Public Media is committed to being the most trusted source of information and entertainment in South Florida’s diverse community. Licensed to the school board of Miami-Dade County, WLRN is best known for its award winning public radio and television programs, but its services go well beyond the airwaves. It’s a complex media enterprise consisting of radio and television stations, www.WLRN.org and educational channels offering you a variety of high quality programming and advanced learning services making WLRN a valuable public media source.

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