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Leon Kerber, a central figure in Sarasota’s music and cultural scene, hails from Columbus, Ohio, where he first honed his skills in radio and music. Moving to Sarasota in 2000, he has significantly influenced the local music scene, notably with bands like Fiasco, Tuss Sons, and Big Blu House, the latter commemorated by a painting in Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. Beyond performing, Leon has contributed to music education through the School of Rock, utilized music therapy for neurodivergent individuals, and managed prominent nightlife venues. His work extends to community radio, enhancing Sarasota’s cultural diversity. Married to Jamee since 2016, Leon’s life is a blend of personal growth, professional dedication, and community service, embodying a legacy of volunteerism and the transformative power of music.[caption id="attachment_28848" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Leon Kerber plays the Rhodes - by Brian David Braun[/caption]

Dr. Dale Anderson practiced internal and emergency medicine for the first half of his professional year. He then transitioned to group practice management as the CEO of a 180-physician private medical group in Iowa. He was a senior hospital executive in charge of hospital-based medical practices for large health systems in both Albuquerque, New Mexico […]

Jane Best Grandbouche is originally from North Carolina and moved to Florida in 1987 where she managed a Native Plant Nursery for 5 years. She then led courses and programs for Landmark Education Worldwide for 25 years including their graduate course, the Wisdom Course, for 14 years. Her passions include her family, the environment, transformation […]

Sebastien Wegeng is a designer based in Sarasota with a focused interest in user experience, information architecture, brand identity & experience, and service design. Sebastien is an advocate for environmental and wildlife conservation, civil rights, and human rights. In addition to volunteering and programming on WSLR, he is involved with the Surfrider Foundation and the […]

Tom Matrullo was born and raised in NYC. Tom did graduate work in literature, then taught at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design. He relocated to Sarasota in 1990, reporting for the Herald Tribune before moving to online media with a focus on the interface between the public and private dimensions of planning. Tom […]

Johannes is a veteran journalist who directs WSLR News, your grassroots reporting from southwest Florida.

Diana is in the office weekday mornings and can be reached by email at office@wslr.org

Paul Sciré has held leadership positions with non-profit organizations for more than 35 years and currently serves as Senior Director of Donor Engagement – Major Gifts with the Sarasota Orchestra. Paul is an advocate for civil and human rights, conservation of the natural world, and support for the visual and performing arts. On alternate Sunday […]

Sharon Preston-Folta has spent a 30-plus-year career in advertising sales and marketing, predominantly as an account executive in radio, and is currently Sr. Account Executive with WUSF Public Media in Tampa, Fla. Sharon became a published author with her memoir, “Living in The Shadow of my Father, Louis Daniel Armstrong,” in 2012, and is the […]

Kathleen has a rich background in journalism, radio, and communications for nonprofits organizations. She believes strongly in the mission of our WSLR + Fogartyville and utilizes her experience to help highlight the people, programs, and events that make our community so special. “I will do my best to amplify the great work of WSLR+Fogartyville, which […]

Jesse is a lifelong resident of the suncoast who comes to us with an extensive management background, a passion for creating and listening to local music, and deep connections to the community. “Hi folks! I am so excited to be in this role. WSLR is a huge asset to our area and I am so […]

David Brain started out to be an architect until an interest in urban issues drew him to a Ph.D. in sociology.  He is a professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, and directs the Urban Studies program at New College of Florida. David’s research and teaching interests focus on the connections between place-making, community-building, and civic engagement, […]