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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Today's headlines include:

  • Atlanta's mayoral candidates discuss race and affordability in a GPB debate.
  • Betsy DeVos visits GSU to discuss college costs with students
  • Thousands of banks team up to sue Atlanta based Equifax

In today's headlines:

  • Shirley Franklin endorses Mary Norwood in the Atlanta mayoral race
  • The candidates face off in two debates, including a 2 p.m. discussion on GPB's "Political Rewind"
  • #GivingTuesday raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity

In today's headlines:

  • UGA looks ahead to a rematch against Auburn in the SEC Championship Game
  • Early voting starts today for runoffs across the state
  • Shoppers are searching for deals during Cyber Monday

The 'Sweet Auburn' Neighborhood in Atlanta

As cities like Atlanta grapple with Confederate history and what to do with symbols like America’s largest Confederate memorial atop Stone Mountain, there’s a push to recognize places of cultural significance for African-Americans.

The National Trust, in partnership with The Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation and Open Society Foundation, announced the creation of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.  

Today's headlines include:

  • The Falcons get back in playoff position after beating Seattle on Monday Night Football
  • Atlanta prepares to make key decisions on Confederate monuments and streets
  • Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood releases nine years worth of tax returns
  • Atlanta is set to receive a number of new police officers thanks to the DOJ

In today's headlines:

  • Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms square off in their first debate
  • A bump stock ban in Georgia could be on the horizon
  • Preparations for Monday's implosion of the Georgia Dome are moving forward

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Today's headlines include:

  • Atlanta's first mayoral runoff debate between Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance-Bottoms
  • A recount is scheduled for Michael Julien Bond's city council seat
  • An event in Lawrenceville invites white people to "Come Meet A Black Person"
  • Mercedes Benz Stadium is recognized as one of the world's most sustainable venues
     

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For over a century, baseball has been known as America’s pastime.

But not everyone has been able to play organized baseball, especially those with special needs.

That’s where the Alternative Baseball Organization wants to make a difference.

It’s a nonprofit program for teens and adults with autism and special needs who want to showcase their talents on the baseball diamond.

MGR Foundation

 

Studies suggest U.S.-born and foreign-born black donors give about $12 billion to U.S. charities and $11 billion overseas.

 

Altogether, the U.S. black giving economy is about $23 billion each year.

 

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy is a traveling exhibit that has just opened in Atlanta at The Auburn Avenue Research Library.

 

Stephen Fowler

 

Atlanta’s professional soccer team plays its first ever playoff game tonight against the Columbus Crew at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

 

Atlanta United FC has enjoyed a stellar inaugural season, performing well on the field but even better in the stands.

Canine Cellmates

 

 

Over the summer, bikers, walkers and runners were treated to some art as they enjoyed Atlanta’s Beltine.  

Included in the display was a group of photos of black men incarcerated at the Fulton County jail.

The four photos feature men in their prison jumpsuits posing with dogs that they trained as part of the Canine Cellmates program.

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Sports has long been known as the great unifier. But in the NFL, this season feels different.  

Saporta Report

 

For more than forty years, the city of Atlanta has been led by an African-American mayor.

 

Maynard Jackson started the trend in 1974, becoming the first black mayor elected in a major southern city.

The man who preceded Jackson was Sam Massell, who made history of his own in 1970 when he became the first Jewish mayor of Atlanta.

Irma: Recovery Continues; 158k Without Power In Georgia

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Every day in the United States 91 people die of opioid overdose. That includes prescription opiates and heroin. Over a year, that’s more than ten times the number of people who died on 9/11. On today’s “On Second Thought,” we’re going to hear from some of the people struggling with addiction, those who offer help, and communities caught in the middle.

Jessica Gurell / GPB

 

 

The push for medical amnesty all started with a group of parents who lost children to drug overdose.

Robin Elliott was one of them.

 

“My son Zach was a private school student in Buckhead,” she said. “He was a beautiful, bright talented kid and he also used heroin.”

 

 

@jmartNYT

The race for governor in Georgia is well underway.

 

Candidates from both parties are preparing for the 2018 election to replace Governor Nathan Deal.

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Today's Music Minute highlights a middle Georgia blues legend who inspired a number of influential artists over the years.

You’re listening to "Statesboro Blues" by Blind Willie McTell, who was born in Thomson, Georgia in 1898.

Saturday will be the 58th anniversary of his death in 1959.

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After three years of work, Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium is finally nearing completion.

The $1.6 billion facility will serve as the permanent home for two Georgia pro teams: the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United.

 

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Today’s Music Minute features singer Edward Patten, who was born on this day in Atlanta in 1939.

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You’re listening to "Chicken Fried," the first number #1 radio single by country music star Zac Brown.

 

 

Brown was born in Atlanta on this day in 1978.

The prolific musician and his band have racked up many awards since their start in 2002.

But off-stage, one of Brown’s passion projects is a camp for children to overcome academic, social and emotional obstacles: Southern Ground Camp in Peachtree City.

 

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Today’s Music Minute recognizes a rapper who created one of the biggest viral sensations of all time.

On this day in 1990, DeAndre Cortez Way, better known as Soulja Boy, was born.

 

The Atlanta based rapper is best known for his 2007 hit "Crank That Soulja Boy,” which has nearly 300 million views on YouTube .

The smash hit single even earned the rapper a Grammy nomination in 2008.

Despite his early success, Soulja Boy hasn’t been able to find a hit that equaled his first big breakthrough.

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The Gwinnett Braves could soon be the Buttons. Or the Big Mouths. Or the Lambchops.

Those are some of the choices in an online vote for a new name for the Atlanta Braves’ largest minor league affiliate.

Dreamhack Atlanta

The world’s largest video game festival is coming to Atlanta this weekend.

From Friday to Sunday, Dreamhack takes over the Georgia World Congress Center.

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If you attend a church service in Atlanta on any given Sunday you may have heard this song: "Break Every Chain."

 

The woman behind this Billboard chart-topping song is Grammy Award winning gospel singer Tasha Cobbs.  

On this day in 1981, Cobbs was born in Jesup, Georgia.

The singer, who was the most streamed gospel artist of 2016, has attracted the attention of another entertainer by the name of Onika Maraj, better known as Nicki Minaj.

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