This week is all about the Tallahassee Democrat. First, Jeffrey Schweers joins us to talk about covering the FBI investigation. Then Bill Cotterell comes on to talk about the upcoming primary elections.
In 2006, Tom Flanigan joined WFSU-FM as a reporter. Over his many years of service, he has contributed size-ably to the growth of FSU news and our local community through his news reporting and weekly talk show “Perspectives”. Currently Tom serves as program director for news. Tom will talk with Brien about the current political races in Tallahassee and Leon County as we approach the August primary on the 28th.
The commissioner seat for Leon County Commission District 3 is up for grabs, and Emily Fritz has thrown her hat in the ring. As one of 6 candidates for this position, Emily will talk with Brien about how her campaign is bringing a sharp message about the level of distrust among area voters as she sees it. Her pledge is to rebuild that trust and help Leon County reduce elevated crime rates.
Officially formed in the Fall of 2016, members of Big Blue have collaborated for almost 9 years in various Tallahassee bands. Eric Pate and Jon Wilmot will talk with Brien about their music that conjures a nostalgic atmosphere of Indie Pop, Rock, and Surf, with layered hints of Blues and Southern Rock. Their new CD can be ordered at the following website: catfamilyrecords.com/bigblue
The Tallahassee mayoral race is chock-full of candidates. Dustin Daniels, known for his work as chief of staff to the office the mayor over the last 4 years is one of those candidates. Dustin will talk with Brien about his vision of Tallahassee’s future and his proposed emphasis on social services designed to re-shape the otherwise segmented distribution of resources within Tallahassee’s population.
Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Early will talk with Brien about the upcoming primary scheduled for August 28. Early voting begins August 18 and continues through August 26. Among Mark’s accomplishments, he is recognized for having contributed to Leon County being recognized for “statistically, the cleanest county elections in the state.”
For over 60 years, Tallahassee Museum has educated, inspired and entertained members and visitors from around the world with installations, animal exhibits and a host of events that both celebrate our history and point to our future. President and CEO Russell Daws will talk with Brien about his own 27 year history of leadership which has brought the museum growth and greater opportunities. The “Tree to Tree Adventures” zip line experience is a great example of this growth. Special attention will be given to the importance of representing our region’s past accurately in spite of changes in social norms.
Three years ago, Paloma Rambana made her Tallahassee Talks debut as she talked with Brien about her quest to bring public assistance to children afficted with vision ailments. She returns this week to talk with Brien about her amazing journey and her new book “Paloma’s Dream“, co-authored with Hillary Ring. The book chronicles her meetings with political leaders, social service administrators, and media personalities including our own Brien Sorne.
Our “Segment 2” feature this week spotlights the work of Freda King who has been helping aspiring TCC students secure funding through her family’s scholarship program. Established in 2010 to honor her son PFC Brandon Michael King who was killed in action while serving in Afganistan, the program has already funded a number of students in the last eight years. A fundraiser is planned for July 28th from 4 p.m to 9 p.m at Dogwood House in Tallahassee.