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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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.

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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.

Today’s Music Minute features a jazz singer and actress who spent her formative years in Georgia.

Lena Horne was born on this day in 1917. This is the theme song from her 1943 movie, "Stormy Weather."

Although she started in New York City, Horne spent much of her childhood in Fort Valley and Atlanta.

During her induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1991, she told the Telegraph that participating in a youth choir in Macon was her start in singing.

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A nationwide report measuring child wellness has ranked Georgia near the bottom.

 

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count report, Georgia is ranked forty-second in the country.

 

 

We dissect the numbers with Rebecca Rice, the Georgia Kids Count Manager for the Georgia Family Connection Partnership.

 

She tells us how Georgia has improved since last year's rankings and where the state is still coming up short.

 

Today is World Refugee Day, a day recognized by the United Nations in 2001.

 

Resettling in a new land can be difficult for refugee families, so one business in Georgia is trying to make things a little easier.

 

Amplio Recruiting is following through on a pledge to source 100 percent of their talent from the refugee population.

 

We spoke with refugee turned employee Sana Hajizadeh.

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For generations, black women have gathered together to share insights, wisdom, and to encourage one another.

 

Now, Georgia Public Broadcasting wants to bring those candid conversations to TV with a new talk show called "A Seat at the Table."

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

 

Although the artist made his name in Chicago, his family has deep roots in Atlanta.

 

 

His father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and one of the first black photojournalists to work at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 

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There’s a water crisis going on in DeKalb County. It’s not a problem of what’s in the water, but what it's costing residents.

 

 

Citizens of DeKalb County have been dealing with exorbitant and incorrect water bills for years.

 

AID Atlanta, the state’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization, has filed a lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

 

The group claims the federal agency’s decision to defund it threatens the delivery of services to the communities most at risk of getting the deadly virus: young, black, gay and bisexual men.

We sit down with Nicole Roebuck, the executive director of AID Atlanta, to talk about the lawsuit, infection rates in Atlanta, and lingering stigmas associated with the virus.

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Today’s Music Minute recognizes Atlanta singer turned reality star Kandi Burruss, who celebrates her 41st birthday today.

 

 

Burruss is featured on the hit show "Real Housewives of Atlanta." But before she was a reality star, Burruss grew up singing in church. She then became part of the singing group Xscape.

 

 

The group churned out six chart-topping hits, including this song, a cover version of "Who Can I Run To" in 1995.

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The number of  African Americans who own guns is on the rise.

 

According to a 2014 Pew survey, 19 percent of African Americans said they owned a gun, up from 15 percent in 2013.

 

 

 

The National African American Gun Association is a nationwide group based in Atlanta made up of black gun supporters. The organization has seen membership climb to 20,000 members in just two years.

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On this day in 1933, James Brown, who lived much of his life in Augusta, was born.

The funk legend recorded sixteen singles that topped the Billboard R&B Charts, including this song in 1966, “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man's World.”

Brown’s signature voice and provocative dance moves inspired a generation of future artists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.   

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The NBA playoffs began this past weekend and it was a rough start for the Atlanta Hawks.

They lost on Sunday to the Washington Wizards, 114-107, in the first of a seven game series.

It's been an up and down season for Atlanta's basketball team. But will things change in time for the playoffs?

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On this day in 1964, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls was born in Decatur, Georgia.

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The Atlanta Dogwood Festival will feature a number of local talents. One of the musicians performing this weekend is Felicita.

She’s a vocalist, guitarist, and a student at Georgia State University. She’ll be performing at the International Stage throughout the weekend in Piedmont Park.

We chat with Felicita about her budding musical career. Then, we hear a live song recorded in the GPB Performance Studio. 

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival kicks off today. It will feature more than 50 performances over the next three days.

One of those performers is Antonio Rodriguez. He’s a musician and singer from Veracruz, Mexico. He’ll be performing each day at the International Stage in Piedmont Park.

 

 

Rodriguez traveled to our GPB Performance Studio this week to play us a song and tell us a little about his love for music.

 

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It started in 1936 as an event to put Atlanta on the map. Now it’s the oldest outdoor festival in Atlanta and a classic opening to spring. 

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival returns to the city for the 81st time this weekend. The three day event will include an extensive artist market, live music on two stages and food from a variety of vendors. 

The festivities kick off at noon on Friday at Piedmont Park and will run all the way until Sunday.

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Hundreds of Jewish Community Centers, synagogues, and schools have reported threats and vandalism in recent months.

 

In Atlanta, the Marcus Jewish Community Center has been one of the institutions affected by this troubling trend.

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On this day in 1999, Joe Williams of Cordele, GA passed away at the age of 80. Williams was a mainstay of the jazz scene for decades.

 

He served as the frontman of the Count Basie Orchestra starting in 1954, where he performed songs this one: “Well, Alright, Okay, You Win.

From 1961 until his passing, Williams was a highly-regarded solo artist who played in venues across the country. In the 1980's, he also made occasional TV appearances on "The Cosby Show" as Grandpa Al.

 

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Today, the nominations will be revealed for the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Shuler Hensley Awards.

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  The Nigerian novelist and feminist thinker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the focus of a roundtable discussion on feminism taking place in Atlanta tomorrow night. 

 

Adichie’s books on feminism have made her a powerful voice in the modern feminist movement.

 

 

Antres Finnie is the creator of the blog The Robot Rebel. She sits down with us to talk about organizing the event and how to look at the fight for women's rights in a new light.

 

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Environmental advocates say Georgia’s water supplies could be at risk if Congress approves President Trump's proposal to cut $2.5 billion from the  Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.

If approved, the budget would slash the EPA's funding by 31 percent and lay off over 3,000 workers. 

Gil Rodgers is the director of the Georgia and Alabama offices of the Southern Environmental Law Center. He says the EPA plays a big role in protecting many facets of the state's environment. 

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After securing their first win on the road last weekend, Atlanta United FC put together another signature performance to capture their first home win on Saturday.

Atlanta United (2-1) shut out the Chicago Fire (1-2) by a score of 4-0 in the afternoon contest.

 

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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There were two big stories that made headlines involving sex trafficking in Georgia last week.  In Savannah, a man was convicted of 19 counts of child sex trafficking. 

In Sandy Springs, police broke up a human-trafficking operation inside a million dollar home. Eight women were rescued and one man was arrested in connection with the crime.

 

Atlanta has a reputation as one of the worst sex-trafficking hubs in the country. But how widespread is the problem?

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The Harlem Globetrotters are one of the most storied basketball teams in history.

They have been combining athleticism, theater and comedy for over 90 years.

 

But they've also been responsible for promoting change in the sports world by way of their unique act on the basketball court.

We sit down with "Buckets Blakes" to talk about the legacy of the team and the changes they've experienced over the years.

The Globetrotters are headed to Atlanta this weekend for a pair of games on Saturday.

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As college students make spring break plans, many are still buzzing about President Trump’s new executive order that moves the Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities under the jurisdiction of the White House.

 

 

Trump says the move will help galvanize support for struggling HBCUs. But the details and benefits of the move are still yet to be seen.

 

 

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On this day in 1977, country music star Jason Aldean was born in Macon.  

 

His hometown loves its native son and will show that love by renaming a downtown street “Jason Aldean Way.”  

Aldean’s career includes six platinum albums and 18  #1 singles, including his song, “A Little More Summertime.”

After his latest hit album, "They Don't Know," Aldean will be up for several big Academy of Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.

 

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On this day in 1971, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas was born in Atlanta. She would grow up to become one-third of the group TLC. The trio is famous for a number of memorable hits, including the song, "Creep," which won a Grammy in 1996.

 

 

Outside of her music career, Thomas has worked as an actor, a reality TV star, and a fitness guru. She also founded the organization Chilli’s Crew, a group that helps young girls deal with self-esteem issues.

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