Janie Gould hosts and produces “Floridays,” an award-winning weekly show that’s now in its fourth year.  She has interviewed a wide cross-section of Floridians about life in the Sunshine State, on such  topics as mullet migration, lobster harvesting, early television, colorful politicians, roadside oddities, cattle ranching, farming, home remedies and numerous other topics. “Floridays” airs every Friday at 7:20 a.m. and 6:01 p.m. on the radio at 88.9 FM or online at wqcs.org.  Past shows can be accessed by visiting the website and clicking on Audio Archive and then Programs. 

Remembering 'Big Judge' and 'Little Judge'

Sep 10, 2007

Okeechobee native Jerry Walker says his father and grandfather were known by those nicknames around Okeechobee and Bassinger.

Tommy Gore, Jr., and his wife, Sue, answered complaints of errant gators in people's pools and patios.

Former St. Lucie County Commissioner John B. Park, who worked at the theatre in the 1940s, tells the story

Remembering Taylor's Soda Shop

Sep 9, 2007

The soda fountain was like a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting.

Edwin Binney's great-granddaughter, Sally Chapman, tells the story.

The bitter contest in the early 1950s saw incumbent Claude Pepper ousted by challenger George Smathers. Fort Pierce lawyer Brad Culverhouse, who much later worked for Pepper, gives his take on the campaign.

Charlie was a fisherman accused of  a killing in which the body was burned in an oil drum. 

That was decades before 2-liter plastic containers hit the market. Business at the local plant started booming during World War II, when thousands of military personnel were stationed nearby.

No one's sure how Vero got its name

Apr 12, 2007

But it might have been derived from the pen name of a letter writer to an early newspaper. The  person signed letters as Veritas, which is the Latin word for truth. Pam Cooper of the Indian River County Library is investigating that and other possibilities, some of which she has debunked.

Remembering Backus Boats in Fort Pierce

Apr 8, 2007

Tommy Taylor says the company made landing craft during World War II. Some of the boats were shipped to Washington and then sent back to Fort Pierce where they were used in military training on the beaches.