Bringing Florida’s Gulf Coast to Life
From 2004 to 2012, Jack Perkins, formerly of NBC News and the A&E series Biography, hosted the locally produced A Gulf Coast Journal series showcasing Venice, Sarasota and the adjacent communities.
In October of 2004, The Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice awarded WEDU a grant for $178,014, allowing WEDU to produce this monthly magazine focusing on Sarasota County. “Our Foundation Board wants to highlight for our communities and the entire WEDU viewing area how connected we all are, and to illuminate the wonderful stories and good works happening in our communities every day. We see WEDU and A Gulf Coast Journal as a perfect way to accomplish both goals,” said Teri A. Hansen, President/CEO Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice.
In 9 seasons, A Gulf Coast Journal received 9 Suncoast Emmy Awards, 33 Suncoast Emmy nominations and 2 Griot Drum Awards. The program was recognized under the categories: Best Magazine Program, Best Feature Segment, Best Education/Schools Program, Best Nostalgia Program, Best Coverage of People of Color, Best Writing and Best Photography.
Jack Perkins finds the artful, innovative, odd & interesting on Florida’s “Cultural Coast”
Students of the Loveland Follies, a talented teen musician, and educators with advice.
Host Jack Perkins explores the interesting people and places of Florida’s Cultural Coast.
Visit Dakin Dairy Farm, Kentucky Military Institute, a celery field and a Ghost Tour.
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