Veteran broadcaster and communications expert Trimmel Gomes announced Thursday his newest venture, The Rotunda, a weekly podcast focusing on the people and stories shaping Florida politics.
The inaugural episode, available Friday on iTunes and other platforms, gives listeners an overview of opening week of the 2015 Legislative Session. Issues will include such as the infamous “bar fight” with Rep. Frank Artiles.
Gomes also serves up interviews with Marc Caputo and Matt Dixon, and delves into the subject of recreational marijuana with Sen. Dwight Bullard, who talks about the influence of hip-hop on the movement.
In addition, longtime political “agitator” Barbra DeVane will give her take on Rick Scott’s State of the State address.
“It’s a bold move but people are starving for great storytelling and there is hardly ever a dull moment in Florida,” Gomes said. “With exception to the one statewide political radio program, which I hosted, people are getting busier and are now wanting their content on demand.
“We’re filling the dedicated podcast void by giving them what they want, when they want via their smartphones, tablets, cars, and other fancy gadgets,” he sad. “The change is exciting.”
Gomes extensive career includes stints at news outlets such as National Public Radio, PBS and The New York Times. He was an award-winning statewide news director of Florida Public Radio and host of its flagship program Capital Report.
In addition to founding Gomes Media Strategies, a Tallahassee-based specialty media relations firm, Gomes is political contributor on WTXL ABC 27 in Tallahassee, appearing Thursday evenings at 6.
Episodes of The Rotunda are delivered straight to a phone, tablet, or computer, by subscribing via iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and RSS Feed. Subscribers will have episodes downloaded automatically when released.
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