Taylor Gantt

Radio Producer & Back-Up Host

Taylor graduated from Georgia State University in 2015 with bachelor's 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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It’s been a tough year for sports fans in Georgia.

Atlanta United fell one game short of returning to the MLS Cup in October.

The Atlanta Braves were booted from the first round of the playoffs for the second year in a row.

For the Atlanta Falcons, 2019 has been even worse. The team is 1-7 entering this Sunday’s game against the Saints in New Orleans.

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This week, Georgia's Public Service Commission will begin a new round of hearings in Atlanta on a proposed rate hike for Georgia Power customers.

 

The average user would pay an extra $200 dollars annually under the potential rate increase.

 


In this edition of GPB's Morning Edition Music Minute, we're featuring one of the many faces behind the scenes at Georgia Public Broadcasting: audio engineer and sound designer Jesse Nighswonger.

Jesse works as the engineer for GPB's On Second Thought and Political Rewind. For promos and billboards, he often uses his original compositions as background music.


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From special cleats worn by football players to tutus on runners in 5Ks, pink is definitely the color that reminds us that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Breast cancer affects about 1 in 8 women in the U.S.

 

And it affects men too. About 1 in 883 men get it.

 

 


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The Atlanta Falcons' losing streak now stands at five games after Sunday's 37-10 defeat against the L.A. Rams.

 

Quarterback Matt Ryan was injured in the fourth quarter and running back Devonte Freeman was ejected after throwing a punch at an opposing player. 

 

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Today’s music minute highlights the artist behind one of the most popular country songs to ever come out of Georgia, featuring one of the state’s natural landmarks.

 

Alan Jackson, the artist behind the hit song “Chattahoochee,” was born in Newnan on this day in 1958. 

 


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The University of Georgia's College of Education will be named next year to honor the school's first African American graduate. 

 

Mary Frances Early was the third black student to attend UGA, but she was the first to graduate, earning a master's degree in music education in 1962.

 

 


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Authorities say a second man has been arrested in a shooting that wounded four people at a block party outside an Atlanta college library in August.

 

Ahmad Coleman, 25, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Marshals in Mississippi and now awaits extradition.

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While the playoff hopes of the Atlanta Braves were dashed at Suntrust Park this week, Atlanta's soccer team was preparing to compete for a second straight title in Major League Soccer.

Atlanta United is looking for back-to-back MLS Cup victories in only the team's third season.

United defeated the Portland Timbers in a 2-0 game at Mercedes Benz Stadium to clinch the cup in 2018. 

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The St. Louis Cardinals turned the diamond into a giant pinball machine, dinging hits all over SunTrust Park.

 

By the time the Atlanta Braves finally got the third out, it was the most productive first inning in postseason history.

 

The Cardinals scored 10 runs their first time up and dealt Atlanta another playoff heartbreak, routing the Braves 13-1 in decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday.

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Oprah Winfrey is making another large donation to one of Atlanta's historic black colleges and universities.

 

Morehouse College is set to receive a $13 million gift from the television icon as part of the 30th anniversary of the Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program.

 

 


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Through injuries and slumps, demotions and disappointments, Dansby Swanson and Adam Duvall got ready for the big moment.

 

When it arrived, they were ready.

 

Swanson hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth inning and Duvall delivered a two-run single as the Atlanta Braves rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series.

 

 


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The Morehouse School of Medicine had planned to use a $500,000 grant from The Department of Community Health to create The Center for Excellence on Maternal Mortality. The grant now stands to be eliminated as a part of state-wide budget cuts ordered by Governor Kemp. 

Dr. Natalie Hernandez is an assistant professor at Morehouse School of Medicine. She spoke with Morning Edition host Leah Fleming.


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Several state agencies are looking for ways to comply with a recent order from Gov. Brian Kemp to slash budgets by 4% this fiscal year and another 6% the following year.

 

The Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta is one of the institutions being affected by budget cuts. 

 

 


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For decades, the "Buy Black" movement has been encouraging people to support minority owned businesses by spending cash within the community, going all the way back to activists like Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey. 

 

According to recent data, women of color have been opening businesses at a rapidly growing pace, up 163% since 2007.

 

 


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State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia broke records again in August, posting all-time highs in jobs and employment. 

 

The state also added to its labor force for the first time in six months and saw new unemployment claims fall. 

 

Currently, Georgia's workforce sits at 5.1 million people. The total number of unemployment claims filed in August fell by 32% compared to July.

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The Atlanta Falcons picked up their first win of the season Sunday, beating the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 24 to 20. 

 

Julio Jones was the hero of the evening, catching two touchdown passes, including the game winning score in the final minutes of the contest.

 

 


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Grammy Award-winning artist and Monticello, Georgia, native Trisha Yearwood is returning to the country music scene with a new album, titled Every Girl.

The accompanying single, "Every Girl In This Town," is an empowering love letter to girls and women of every description. 


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Some of the most popular artists in the country will be in Atlanta's Piedmont Park this weekend for Music Midtown.

 

Travis Scott will be one of the headliners on Sunday, along with Vampire Weekend and Billie Eilish.

 

Cardi B. and Panic! At The Disco will be featured on Saturday. 

 

CLICK: Full schedule for Music Midtown 2019

 

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The family of a Georgia Tech student who was shot and killed by a campus police officer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The suit also names the university and the Georgia Board of Regents. 


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Today’s music minute features one of the original dirty south rappers, Atlanta's own Ludacris.

 

Born Christopher Bridges on this day in 1977, Ludacris has carved out a storied career that includes multiple hit songs, Grammys, and acting roles.

 

 


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The U.S. Coast Guard says rescuers are still searching for the remaining four crew members of a cargo ship that overturned near St. Simons Island Sunday.

Twenty people have already been rescued.

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This week, the rap community is mourning the loss of Cutty Cartel, who made up one-third of the Atlanta hip-hop group Jim Crow.

 

Cartel, born Ricardo Lewis, died at the age of 44 last Friday in Atlanta after suffering cardiac arrest. 

 

 


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NPR correspondant Sam Sanders is bringing his show 'It's Been A Minute' To GPB's Saturday afternoon lineup. 


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As Hurricane Dorian moves toward the Carolinas and away from the Georgia coast, it seems the state was spared the worst of the storm.

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The city of Smyrna voted unanimously on Tuesday to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

 

The ordinance, introduced by Councilman Tim Gould,  prohibits people under the age of 21 from buying or possessing tobacco products and electronic smoking devices.

 

 


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It's been 64 years since 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi.

 

Till was kidnapped by a gang of white men and killed after he whistled at a white woman in a grocery store.

 

The two men behind the crime were eventually acquitted by an all-white jury.

 

But the pictures of Emmett Till’s body during his open-casket funeral sparked outrage across the country and fueled the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

 


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An emergency response team was dispatched Tuesday to the Sterigenics plant in Cobb County to investigate reports of a toxic gas leak that forced employees to evacuate the facility last month.

 

The gas leak occurred in the early morning of July 31, just hours after a community meeting was held to address emissions concerns in Smyrna, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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For generations, Forsyth County, which is north of Atlanta, was a predominantly white area that actively sought to keep other races away. 

 

One of the most infamous incidents in 1912, when over 1,000 black residents were driven out of the county after an unsolved crime was blamed on a black man named Rob Edwards, who was lynched. 

 

But, these days, Forsyth is growing more diverse.

 

 


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