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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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

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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

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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

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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