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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This weekend, thousands of music fans will gather at Central Park in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward to attend ONE Musicfest.

 

Organizers say it’s the Southeast’s largest two-day, urban progressive music festival.

 

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Earlier this week, prisoners in Georgia and 16 other states went on strike to protest what they call modern day slavery within the prison system.

Back in the 1970s, another prison movement started in the month of August.

It became known as Black August, a time to acknowledge the political struggles of African American prisoners.

Atlanta is home to one of the largest Muslim proportions in the country, according to the Pew Research Center.

This week, starting on Monday, thousands of Muslims across the metro area will observe one of the most holy days in the religion of Islam.

Eid al-Adha is known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ in Islam, commemorating the prophet Abraham and the sacrifice he promised to God.

 


 

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Orchestras in America are continuing to struggle with the issue of diversity.

 

According to an industry-wide study in 2016, black musicians make up less than two percent of orchestras across the country. For hispanic performers, that number is less than three percent.

 

And many leadership positions, like conductors and board members, remain predominantly white.

 

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program is hoping to reverse this trend.


For years, Ryan Cameron was one of the signature voices of Atlanta.

 

Born and bred in the city, Ryan enjoyed a long career in radio. He hosted morning shows on several local stations, including V-103.

 

 


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Today’s music minute features the man who’s been performing for more than 60 years under the name Tony Bennett.  

 

‘Stepping Out With My Baby’ is one of many signature hits written by the 19-time Grammy Award winning artist.


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The National Association of Collegiate eSports is holding its first annual conference at Georgia State University this week.

 

Baseball, basketball, and especially football dominate high school sports in Georgia.

 

Now, there’s a new option for students across the state.

 


Today, we’ll hear from three artists who have addressed the issue of mental illness in their music.

 

Many rap musicians have been reluctant to speak out due to the stigma, but these artists broke the silence.


 


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The newly created city of South Fulton is the only one in the U.S. with black women leading every major role of the judicial system.

 

 

 


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Atlanta’s professional womens basketball team, the Atlanta Dream, is competing to return to the WNBA Playoffs after missing the postseason last year.

 

 


 

Coretta Scott King was not just the wife of the late civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. She was also an accomplished activist in her own right.

 

She traveled the world and advocated for racial and social equality for people of all walks of life.

 

In 1968, the same year her husband was assassinated, Scott-King founded the King Center, which has served as a base of operations for modern day activism.

 

 

 

 

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Writer, actor and comedian Maz Jobrani has been using humor to talk about race and stereotypes in American culture for more than a decade.

Jobrani, who is Iranian-American, has tackled these sensitive subjects through stand up comedy, including last year’s protests surrounding President Trump’s travel ban.

 

 

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For bobsledder and Georgia native Elana Meyers Taylor, the Olympics are a culmination of more than a decade of work.

She won three medals including silver at this year’s games in Korea.

But Taylor’s Olympic career almost ended in 2015 after she suffered a serious concussion.


In Georgia, 91% of non-custodial parents who owe child support are men.

 

For fathers who can’t afford to make those payments, that could mean a drivers license suspension, loss of visitation, or even jail.  

 

 


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Today’s Music Minute features a controversial artist known for always speaking his mind.

On this day in 1977, Kanye West was born in Atlanta.

Kanye’s vocal support for president Trump and recent comments about slavery being a ‘choice’ have garnered a lot of negative reaction on social media.

In the midst of that controversy, Kanye released his eighth studio album, Ye, which includes this song, titled ‘No Mistakes."

 

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Today’s music minute features Atlanta artist Andre 3000, who doesn’t produce much music anymore. But when he does, it’s still special.

The song, titled “Me&My"(To Bury Your Parents), was a suprising release last weekend. It's one of two track dedicated to his deceased parents

André’s mother died one day after his birthday in 2013.  His father died the following year.

 

Turns out Andre doesn’t just do vocals: he also plays bass clarinet.

Colleges and universities across Georgia have wrapped up the semester, but one Morehouse College student has more work to do. Last year, Julien Turner took an extra credit biology assignment and turned it into a viral music video about the differences between mitosis and meiosis. The rising junior's video made it all the way to the people who work on "Sesame Street." Now, Julien and his brother are creating an educational music video for the show. Julien spoke with GPB's Leah Fleming about the project.

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Colleges and universities across Georgia have wrapped up the semester, but one Morehouse College student has more work to do. Last year, Julien Turner took an extra credit biology assignment and turned it into a viral music video about the differences between mitosis and meiosis. The rising junior's video made it all the way to the people who work on "Sesame Street." Now, Julien and his brother are creating an educational music video for the show. Julien spoke with GPB's Leah Fleming about the project.

Atlanta’s Donald Glover has found a new level of success. He’s an actor, the creator of a hit show named after his hometown of Atlanta, and a rapper under the name Childish Gambino. But his most powerful statement might be “This Is America”, a new song and video released over the weekend. Freelance entertainment reporter Jewel Wicker gives us her take on the video and what role musicians should play when it comes to social issues.

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Georgia’s director of Family and Children Services says the opioid crisis is the main reason behind a recent surge in the foster care population.  More than 15,000 children are being cared for by the state, according to DFCS director Virginia Pryor. That’s nearly double what the population was five years ago.

 

Atlanta’s Donald Glover has found a new level of success.

He’s an actor, the creator of a hit show named after his hometown of Atlanta, and a rapper under the name Childish Gambino.

But his most powerful statement might be “This Is America”, a new song and video released over the weekend.

 

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As the debate around the importance of confederate history continues to swirl, the Civil War Trust is sponsoring a national Park Day to restore sites around the country, including in Georgia.

Volunteer clean up events will take place Saturday at 13 historic sites in the state, including battlefields, parks, and cemeteries.

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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.  

 

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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.  

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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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