Taylor Gantt

Radio Producer/ Back-Up Host

Taylor graduated from Georgia State University in 2015 with B.A in Journalism and a concentration in Telecommunications. He interned with On Second Thought during his Senior spring semester and immediately fell in love with the team and the GPB working environment (but mostly the t-shirts).

Taylor also worked as a freelance sports reporter for the Forsyth County News and a sports contributor for the growing southern magazine "The Kitchen Drawer." When he's not listening to Rush or groaning at the local teams, he can be found petting his cat "Mr. Jorge" or watching Netflix.

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@trapkinghumane

 

If you were to ask, “who is the Trap King of Atlanta," you’d probably get a few different responses, like Gucci Mane or T.I.

 

However, one man has already laid claim to that title. But instead of creating beats or writing lyrics, he’s trapping feral cats.

 

Sterling Davis is the man behind TrapKing Humane Cat Solutions.

 

 

Starting this week, GPB is adding a new radio show to the morning lineup.

1A, which airs weekday mornings at 10,  is a show that tackles the most important stories in this country, while bringing context and insight from a number of diverse voices.

 

Joshua Johnson, who hosts the program, is one of those diverse voices.

 

He’s a seasoned journalist from south Florida, who formerly served as the Morning News host for KQED in San Francisco.  

 

jimadams.farm

 

In 2015, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reported that nearly 20 percent of the world’s food is grown on urban farms.

Georgia has long been known as an agricultural power in rural areas.

 

But now, metro Atlanta is seeing more efforts to grow food inside city limits.

Chuck Meadows is one of the people behind this push.  

 

Today’s music minute honors the woman who inspired one of the most powerful protest-anthems of the Civil Rights movement, "We Shall Overcome"

The song is based off of lyrics written by composer Louise Shropshire, who was born in 1913.

Her original song, ‘If My Jesus Wills’, was adapted by folk singer Pete Seeger in the 1940’s.  

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Next week, Marvel’s Black Panther is set to debut in theaters in Atlanta and all across the world.

It will feature a predominantly black cast in a genre that has traditionally had few black superheroes.

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Today's Music Minute features the writer of a song that many consider to be the anthem of Atlanta…”Welcome to Atlanta!’

It’s just one of many hits created by writer and producer Jermaine Dupri, who is making history this week as only the second rap artist ever to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

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February is Black History Month here in the United States. Since 1976, every president has set aside the month to honor and remember African American history.

But is designating one month just for Black History appropriate? We tackle that question in the first part of our series about Black History Month.

We discuss this idea with Daniel Black. Black is an award-winning novelist and an African American Studies Professor at Clark Atlanta University. 

 

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The 60th Annual Grammy awards will take place this Sunday.

 

Atlanta will be well represented, with a number of local artists nominated for awards in a variety of categories.

Freelance entertainment reporter Jewel Wicker joins GPB's Leah Fleming to preview this weekend's awards.

 

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Gwinnett County is fast becoming one of the most diverse areas in all of Georgia, and even throughout the southeast.

 

The county has been experiencing a cultural shift over the years.  

 

In fact, white residents no longer make up the majority of the county’s registered voters, and last year’s elections are proof of that.

 

In Norcross, councilman Craig Newton became Gwinnett’s first-ever black mayor.

 

 

The Alabama Crimson Tide rallied from a 13 point deficit to come back and defeat the UGA Bulldogs 26-23 in overtime, earning coach Nick Saban his sixth national championship

Georgia led Alabama 13-0 entering the second half when Saban replaced starting quarterback Jalen Hurt with freshman passer Tua Tagovailoa.

 

Tagovailoa turned the game around for the Crimson Tide, throwing for three touchdowns, including the game winning pass in overtime.

 

In today's headlines

-Storm forces Delta to cancel nearly 1,000 flights

-Falcons prep for NFL playoff this weekend

-Atlanta readies for the college football championship on Monday

In today's news:

-Coastal Georgia deals with fallout from Winter Storm Grayson

-Hate Law bill is pre-filed in Georgia legislature

-Comcast and Coke plan early year lay-offs

A state representative from metro Atlanta is spearheading a bill that would create hate crime legislation in Georgia.

Meagan Hanson, a Republican from Brookhaven, announced the bill this morning at the state capitol.

“With this legislation, Georgia will join the vast majority of states in this country prosecuting crimes motivated by hate with the intent to threaten groups of our citizens with the gravity and attention they deserve,” Hanson said during a press conferenc

In today's news:

  • Keisha Lance Bottom's becomes Atlanta's next mayor
  • Governor Nathan Deal declares a state of emergency for coastal Georgia
  • Veteran Atlanta news anchor Amanda Davis is laid to rest

Reinhardt: Greg Spell

In just two weeks, the University of Georgia will face Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl for a chance to play in the NCAA National Championship.

But another Georgia school, just north of Atlanta, will play for a national title tomorrow: the Eagles of Reinhardt University.

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What started off as an extra credit biology assignment for Morehouse student Julien Turner has now become a world of opportunity.

 

Last month, the college sophomore filmed a music video of a song he wrote inspired by Lil Uzi Vert’s hit single “XO Tour Llif3.”

 

Turner’s remix is called “XY Cell Llif3.” It breaks down the differences between mitosis and meiosis:

In today's news:

  • Atlanta's mayoral election results will be finalized today
  • Georgia recovers from the past weekend's unexpected snowstorm
  • Actress Jane Fonda raised $1 million dollars for charity on her 80th birthday

@KeishaBottoms

Election officials in DeKalb and Fulton counties have scheduled meetings on Monday to certify their vote tallies from last week’s runoff election.

In the mayor’s race, Keisha Lance Bottom’s bested Mary Norwood by 759 votes.

After the results are certified, Norwood says she will formally request a recount.

  •  Mayoral results in Atlanta could be finalized next week
  •  The Falcons prepare for a Thursday Night Football matchup against the Saints
  •  KSU President Sam Olens faces mounting pressure to step down

In Today's News:

  • Keisha Lance Bottom's claims victory in mayor's race, Norwood demands a recount
  • City council shakeup includes new president and three new councilors
  • NFL and Morehouse partner to teach players how to become advocates

  • Voters go to the polls to elect Atlanta's next mayor
  • Atlanta's Board of Education amends dress code policy after a petition
  • New study finds that the state hasn't done enough to combat the opioid crisis

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A new report by the FBI shows that violence against the LGBT community is on the rise.

The agency found that one out of every six hate crimes last year was based on sexual orientation.

And for transgender people living in the South, the statistics are even more grim.

According to the Human Right’s Campaign, 60 percent of violent incidents against transgender people happen in the South.

That includes four deaths this year in Georgia.

  • UGA advances to the College Football Playoff for the first time in school history
  • Atlanta's mayoral candidates prepare for tomorrow's election
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms receives support from senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris
  • 20 new Bitcoin ATM's are now operational throughout in Atlanta and Athens

In today's headlines:

  • World AIDS Day 2017 brings more awareness to Atlanta's HIV problem
  • UGA and Auburn prepare to face off in Saturday's SEC championship game
  • Kamala Harris travels to Atlanta to support Mary Norwood in next week's mayoral election

In today's headlines:

  • Cathy Woolard endorses Mary Norwood in Atlanta's mayoral race
  • Several Georgia artists are nominated for the 2018 Grammy Awards
  • NSA leaker Reality Winner is denied bail

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