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Fishing Show Back on FCTV

January 13, 2014, 9:55 AM

The Forgotten Coast Fishing Show is back on FCTV. Bob Inguagiato and Capt. Chester Reese will bring you local fishing news, tips, and techniques. They will tell you where the fish are biting from Alligator Point to Apalachicola and all areas in between. Check it out at 7 am/pm and 3:30 am/pm on Forgotten Coast TV or watch it here on our website.

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New Programs on FCTV

December 30, 2013, 1:02 PM

Check out these new shows on FCTV. There is The SGI Beach Show hosted by Royce Rolstad III and Katie McFarland. Katie also has her own show called Adventures with Katie and don't miss Stand Up with Sam with Sam Fortunas. Check out the FCTV air schedule for days and times of these new shows.

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New Owner at Forgotten Coast TV

December 30, 2013, 12:57 PM

On October 1, 2013 Helen and John Spohrer sold Forgotten Coast TVto Royce Rolstad III. Royce has been an employee of FCTV since its inception in 2005 and has worked both in front of and behind the camera. Royce will continue to bring the quality programs about the area that both locals and visitors know and enjoy. FCTV has already added a few new programs since October and viewers can expect to see even more new shows in 2014.

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Forgotten Coast Outdoors: Allie the Sea Turtle

July 8, 2013, 10:20 AM

Check out this all new episode of Forgotten Coast Outdoors. John Spohrer takes you on a tour of the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab in Panacea, Florida. Also, we see the release of sea turtle known by her fans as Allie. Watch it here!

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FCTV Now on Mediacom Channel 12

August 14, 2012, 4:39 PM

FCTV has been moved by Mediacom from Channel 3 to Channel 12. Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused our viewers. We are now on Mediacom - Channel 12.

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SGI State Park #4 Beach in the Nation

May 25, 2012, 10:58 AM

They did it again! The St. George Island State Park was named the #4 beach in the nation by Dr. Beach. This is the second year in a row (they were named #6 last year) the State Park was named a Top 10 Beach. A big congrats to the St. George Island State Park, St. George Island, and Franklin County for this worthy honor. Here is what Dr. Beach said about this top American Beach: 4. St. George Island State Park, Florida: The Florida panhandle beaches are back,oil from the BP spill has vanished, and the sand is squeaky clean. (Just rub your feet on the sand and hear them squeak.) Fortunately, the brilliant white...

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Jeff is back on Shorelines!

May 3, 2012, 3:13 PM

A BIG welcome back to Jeff Ilardi to the Shorelines Fishing Report. You can watch is on FCTV on Mediacom Channel 3, St. George Cable Channel 9, or on demand right here on the website. Check it out!

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Welcome new advertisers!

April 30, 2012, 8:53 AM

We would like to welcome AJs Neighborhood Bar - Grill and Island Adventures. AJs is located in Apalachicola and and they feature fried chicken, fresh local seafood, and much more. Island Adventures has everything you need to enjoy your vacation to Franklin County. They have rods and reels, resort and swim wear, beach supplies, and fishing advice. Watch AJs and Island Adventures ads here on our website or on Forgotten Coast TV (Mediacom Cable and St. George Cable).

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Jeff Ilardi coming home!

April 16, 2012, 9:07 AM

This morning we got the good news that Jeff will be coming home either this afternoon or tomorrow. We are all thrilled that Jeff is doing well. WELCOME HOME JEFF!

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Update on Jeff Ilardi from Caroline Ilardi - April 13 - 9:00 a.m.

April 13, 2012, 8:59 AM

Dear, dear Friends, First, thank you. I can't call everyone and I don't have email addresses for everyone who has called or sent messages so this is the best way for me to let you know the good news. Jeff is semi-alert, off the respirator, ventilator, ballon pump, and his heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing are good. No further surgeries are planned at this time. It seems that the stent that was used at Weems has cleared the occlusion. More tests will be made, of course, but his doctor is very happy with his progress. He was in a medically-induced coma for 4 days so he's still weak and woozy and he can'...

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Shorelines Host, Jeff Ilardi suffers heart attack!

April 12, 2012, 3:07 PM

Our beloved host of the Shorelines Fishing Report, Jeff Ilardi suffered a heart attack on Sunday, April 8th. He had been out fishing and was able to make it back to the dock at Scipio Creek before the attack happened. He was taken to Weems Memorial Hospital and then flown via helicopter to Bay Medical in Panama City. Over the last few days he has been under sedation. Today, they removed his heart pump and his heart is pumping blood on its own. In the next few days Doctors should be removing the breathing tube and hopefully will bring him out of sedation. Please keep Jeff and his wife, Caroline in your thoughts and praye...

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NEW - TDC Media Day

March 29, 2012, 2:09 PM

The Franklin County Tourist Development Council is wrapping up their year-long media campaign and they held an event on SGI and invited members of the media from around the region to hear how the last year has gone. Last April the TDC was awarded $1,600,000 from BP after the Deep Water Horizion Oil Spill even though no oil reached Fanklin County. You can watch highlights from the event and hear how the year-long Salty campaign went. Watch is at 5:15 and 9:15 all this week.

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NEW - Dixie Does Nashville 2012

March 29, 2012, 2:04 PM

Check out the new Dixie Does Nashville on FCTV. It will premiere on Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m. There are three parts to the show and they are not to be missed. You can see the show all week at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on St. George Cable Channel 9, Mediacom Channel 3 or right here on our website. Enjoy!

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Beach Report - March 22, 2012

March 23, 2012, 8:39 AM

This week Pandora talks about our four barrier islands - Dog Island, St. George Island, Little St. George Island, and St. Vincent Island. Check it out by clicking on the Beach Report banner ad.

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New Programming - Del Suggs: Saltwater Music

March 16, 2012, 9:26 AM

Check out Del Suggs: Saltwater Music performed at the Dixie Theatre. You can watch it at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. all this week and also at 1 a.m. and 1 p.m. There are four parts so make sure you check them all out.

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Beach Report - March 8

March 9, 2012, 1:13 PM

Coming up is the 11th Annual Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department Charity RibCookoff. Pandora talkes to Fire Chief George Pruett about this event and what you can expect. Click on the Beach Report banner ad to watch!

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Beach Report - February 24, 2012

February 24, 2012, 8:52 AM

This week Pandora talks to SGI Fire Chief, Jay Abbott about the upcoming 30th Annual Charity Chili Cookoff. Each year this event raises money for the SGI volunteer fire department. Find out more by clicking on the beach report link on the right.

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NEW - Forgotten Coast Outdoors: Wakulla River

February 24, 2012, 8:50 AM

Check out the new edition of Forgotten Coast Outdoors this week on Forgotten Coast TV at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. John Spohrer takes a tour of the majestic and beautiful Wakulla River. Along the way see the various plant and animal species that call the Wakulla River home. In addition to the wildlife, you will also hear about the history of the Wakulla River from a local archaeologist. If you don't get FCTV you can watch it here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/FCOD/FCOD32web.wmv

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Beach Report - January 26

January 27, 2012, 10:19 AM

View the beach report this week and find out about the up-coming Mardi Gras celebration in Apalachicola and the St. George Island Tour of Homes. Click on the Beach Report banner to watch!

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Congrats Jeff!

January 18, 2012, 10:42 AM

FCTV would like to congratulate our own Jeff Ilardi for being named the 2012 Oyster Cookoff champ. Be on the look out for a future culinary tip featuring Jeff and his award-winning oysters.

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Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2011, 8:31 AM

From all of us here at Forgotten Coast TV, we would like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas.

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Seafood Cooking Tip - How to Fry Perfect Shrimp

December 16, 2011, 9:11 AM

This weekCinnamon Smith of the Fisherman's Wife in Carrabelle shows ushowto fry perfectshrimp. Watch here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/TDC/SeafoodTip08.wmv

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Beach Report - December 15

December 16, 2011, 9:09 AM

Check out the new Beach Report. If you are a winter guest to the area, find out what you can do while you are here. Click on the Beach Report banner ad to watch.

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New Community Calendar

December 9, 2011, 8:38 AM

This week on Community Calendar we get a county update from County Commission Chairman, Pinki Jackel. Also, Dr. Jim Kerley from Gulf Coast State College is in studio giving us an update on the new college and their future plans. Watch it under our On Demand section.

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Beach Report - December 9

December 9, 2011, 8:36 AM

This week Pandora puts on the holiday cheer and talks beach, fishing, and local holiday events. Check it out by clicking on the Beach Report banner ad.

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Welcome Bob Inguagiato to "Shorelines"

December 8, 2011, 11:08 AM

FCTV welcomes Bob Iguagiato to the Shorelines Fishing Report. Bob started his hosting gig with Jeff on this week's edition. He is an avid fisherman and specializes in kayak fishing. We look forward to Bob's fishing tips in future episodes and welcome him to the FCTV team. You can see the show on Mediacom Channel 3, St. George Cable Channel 9 or by linking on Shorelines Fishing Report in our on demand section on our website.

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Goodbye Ron Yurko!

December 2, 2011, 10:56 AM

FCTV says goodbye to Ron Yurko who has been part of the Shorelines Fishing Report for the last few years. Many thanks to Ron for bringing his years of fishing knowledge to the people of Franklin County and those who visit our area. We wish Ron the best of luck and look forward to seeing him back on Shorelines as a guest in the near future. If you want to watch Ron's final episode of Shorelines click on the link under the On Demand section. Thanks again, Ron!

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Seafood Cooking Tip - How to Fry Double Dip Grouper Filets

December 2, 2011, 9:44 AM

This week Ken LaPaz of Hog Wild in Carrabelle shows us how to fry Double Dip Grouper Filets. Watch here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/TDC/SeafoodTip07.wmv

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NEW - Seahawks Update

November 28, 2011, 8:55 AM

In this edition Superintendent of Schools, Nina Marks give us a school update. Also, we meet two new teachers to the Franklin County School system, plus we hear about the up-coming basketball season. Watch the new show on our Seahawks On Demand page to the left or on FCTV at 7:30 a.m. and p.m.

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Seafood Cooking Tip - How to Filet a Whole Grouper

November 28, 2011, 8:52 AM

This week Ken LaPaz of Hog Wild in Carrabelle shows us how tofilet a whole grouper. Watch here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/TDC/SeafoodTip06.wmv

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Beach Report - November 18

November 18, 2011, 10:22 AM

This week Pandora talks about the things you can do on the beach in the fall and some up-coming holiday events to check out when you are here. Watch here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/BeachReport/BeachReport.wmv

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Seafood Cooking Tip - How to Boil Perfect Shrimp

November 17, 2011, 2:39 PM

This week Ken LaPaz of Hog Wild in Carrabelle shows us how to boil perfect shrimp. Watch here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/TDC/SeafoodTip05.wmv

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Seafood Cooking Tip - How to Deep-Fry a Mullet

November 10, 2011, 3:14 PM

This week's Seafood Cooking Tip focuses on Deep-Fried Mullet with Guest Chef Maxine Kellogg from Apalachicola's AJ's Neighborhood Grill. Watch here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/TDC/SeafoodTip04.wmv

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Beach Report November 10

November 10, 2011, 3:12 PM

This week Pandora talks about the up-coming Franklin County holiday events. Watch here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/BeachReport/BeachReport.wmv

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Seafood Cooking Tip - How to Deep Fry a Blue Crab

November 4, 2011, 9:06 AM

Watch as Arthur Trigger Hutchinson from AJ's Neighborhood Bar and Grill shows you how to deep fry a blue crab. http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/TDC/SeafoodTip03.wmv

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We're now on Mediacom

November 1, 2011, 11:42 AM

Forgotten Coast TV is now broadcasting on Mediacom Channel 3.

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Stream Down for Maintenance

October 25, 2011, 11:13 AM

Our video stream is temporarily down for maintenance and will be back up soon. Sorry for the inconvenience. In the meantime, please view our On Demand programs.

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Beach Report - October 20

October 21, 2011, 9:41 AM

This week Pandora talks about all the great up-coming fall events. Click the Beach Report on the homepage to watch this week edition.

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Beach Report - October 14

October 14, 2011, 8:58 AM

This week Pandora talks about the climbing the SGI Lighthouse during a full moon and also about the up-coming events in the area. Click the Beach Report banner to the right or watch here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/BeachReport/BeachReport.wmv

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Community Calendar

September 30, 2011, 10:44 AM

Check out Calendar this week to find out about the up-coming Authors in Apalach event. Watch Community Calendar under the On Demand feature.

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Beach Report - September 29

September 30, 2011, 10:38 AM

This week Pandora talks with Kara Landiss about St. George Island and the other Franklin County beaches being pet friendly. Watch here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/BeachReport/BeachReport.wmv

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Congratulations to Resort Vacation Properties!

September 29, 2011, 2:32 PM

FCTV would like to congratulate our sponsor Resort Vacation Properties for being named the Best Property Management Company by Florida Monthly Magazine for 2011. Find out more about their honor here: http://www.floridamagazine.com/bestof2011.html

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Beach Report - September 15

September 16, 2011, 1:38 PM

Watch the new Beach Report with Pandora Schlitt. Watch here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/BeachReport/BeachReport.wmv

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NEW - Forgotten Coast Outdoors

September 9, 2011, 9:40 AM

John Spohrer takes you on a tour of the new Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve building in Eastpoint. Watch here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/FCOD/FCOD30webstream.wmv

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Beach Report - September 9

September 9, 2011, 9:38 AM

This week Pandora talks about some of the up-coming fall events in Franklin County. Watch it here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/BeachReport/BeachReport.wmv

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Seahawks Football at ForgottenCoastTV.com

September 2, 2011, 10:49 AM

Tune inright here each Sundayto see the Seahawks football team face other teams from around the area. Commentators Jack Zurawka and Mike Todd will be giving all the play-by-play action. The Seahawks kick off the season tonight at home against Sneads. Don't miss a great season of football. Click the Seahawk Football link on the homepage to watch each week!

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Beach Report - August 26

August 26, 2011, 11:53 AM

Pandora Schlitt reports from St. George Island this week. Watch it here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/BeachReport/BeachReport.wmv

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NEW - Cooking with Jerry

August 26, 2011, 10:23 AM

Check out this all new episode of Cooking with Jerry.Jerry and his guest cook up three dishes that will make your mouth water.Watch as they prepare Black-Eye Pea Cakes, Grilled Island Jerk Shrimp, and Flame Roasted Jalapeno Cole Slaw. Watch here: http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/Cooking/CookingwithJerryBlackEyePea.wmv

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Beach Report - August 12

August 12, 2011, 8:10 AM

This week Pandora talks about Alligator Point and Dog Island. Watch here -- http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/BeachReport/BeachReport.wmv

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NEW - Forgotten Coast Outdoors

July 29, 2011, 2:15 PM

In this all new edition, John Spohrer takes a tour along Apalachicola's working waterfront and up the river with Capt. Gill Autry. Capt. Gill gives some history about the waterfront and talkes about the manatees he spotted in the river. http://www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/FCOD/FCOD28web.wmv

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July 29 - Beach Report

July 29, 2011, 2:12 PM

Pandora talks about the many things to do and see in historic Apalachicola. Watch it here.

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July 22 - Beach Report

July 22, 2011, 1:18 PM

Pandora is on Carrabelle Beach with this week's report. Check it out here!

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July 15 Beach Report

July 15, 2011, 11:33 AM

This week Pandora talks about the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. Watch here!

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"Salty to the Bone (The Franklin County Florida Song"

July 8, 2011, 2:04 PM

Check out the new song about Franklin County, Florida. You can watch the music video by clicking here.

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July 8 Beach Report

July 8, 2011, 1:51 PM

This week Pandora talks about the two historic lighthouses inFranklin County for you to visit while you are here. Watch here!

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July 1 Beach Report

July 5, 2011, 11:40 AM

Pandora Schlitt takes to the beach for a new report and talks about some up-coming events. Watch here!

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June 24 Beach Report

June 24, 2011, 1:43 PM

This week Royce Rolstad fills in for Pandora Schlitt and we hear up the up-coming 4th of July Celebration in Apalachicola. Watch here!

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July 17 Beach Report

June 21, 2011, 8:55 AM

Check out the new Franklin County Beach Report by clicking here. As always, Pandora Schlitt highlights the beautiful beaches of Franklin County and local events.

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New Beach Report

June 10, 2011, 1:39 PM

This weekend is the annual Mullet Toss on SGI and Pandora Schlitt interviewd two youngsters about their participation in this annual event. Pandora also talks about all the beautiful beaches in Franklin County and why you need to come visit. Check out the new Beach Report by clicking the link to the right.

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We're number six in the nation

May 27, 2011, 4:03 PM

The St. George Island State Park was named by Dr. Beach as the number six beach in the nation. Today, our own Pandora Schlitt took to the beach of SGI for a beach report to talk about the fantastic news. Check out the beach report by clicking the link to the right. Also, check out this link for more on what Dr. Beach had to say about SGI (http://www.drbeach.org/Detailed%20List.htm) Way to go SGI!!!

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NEW - Seahawks Update

May 9, 2011, 11:39 AM

Check out the all new edition of Seahawks Update at 7:30 am/pm dialy on St. George Cable - Channel 9 or you can watch is on demand right here on our website. In this new edition we feature students working hands-on at the FSU Marine Lab with the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve with their Life program. Also, find out about the academic team's big win. Check it out!

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NEW - Forgotten Coast Outdoors: Fresh-Water Lakes of St. Vincent Island

April 29, 2011, 9:55 AM

John Spohrer hosts and Justin McMillan provides expert commentary as a determined group of intrepid paddlers visits the unique fresh-water lakes of St. Vincent Island. Warning: Rated WTV. Because after you watch youll Want To Visit. Check out the video below or watch it on St. George Cable - Channel 9 at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. all this week or in our online stream. Watch the show here!

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Cook up Renee's "Greek Shrimp" yourself!

April 25, 2011, 11:44 AM

Greek Shrimp by Renee Shiver Griffin Fresh Head-on Shrimp (approximately 1 lb. per person) Old Bay Seafood Seasoning (appromimately 4 tablespoon) Fresh Herbs: Cilantro-Oregano-Sweet Basil-Chives (All finely chopped) Chopped Garlic (1 Clove) Fresh lemon Red, Green and Yellow Bell Peppers Black Olives (sliced--1/2 cup) Feta Cheese (1/2 cup) Melted Butter (1/4 cup) with a hefty pinch of Old Bay Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1/2 cup) Rinse shrimp under cold water thoroughly to remove any sand particles. Lay shrimp flat on a large baking tray with small sides all around. Do not over lap your shrimp. Drizzle ol...

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New Cooking Show!

April 23, 2011, 1:40 PM

Please follow this link to see the first Franklin County Cookbook: www.forgottencoasttv.com/VideoPreviews/Cooking/FCCookbook01stream.wmv

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NEW FCTV program - "Franklin County Cookbook"

April 13, 2011, 10:28 AM

Last week we taped the first episode of a new program we are doing called Franklin County Cookbook. Our area is know for its seafood and this is the show where we are going to highlight those great dishes. In the first edition, Renee Shiver Griffin, whose family has a long tradition in the seafood industry is the guest, and she will be creating a delicious meal using fresh shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico. Check out the show here and get cooking.

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Beach Report, Calendar + more

March 25, 2011, 1:21 PM

Check out the new Beach Report for this week. Pandora Schlitt hits the beach of SGI this week to let you know how spring is going along the Forgotten Coast. David Allen is Royce's guest on Calendar this week talking about the golf tournament being held in conjunction with the anual Rock by the Sea event. Also, Jeff and Ron tell where the fish are biting in Shorelines.

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"Beach Report" is back!

March 17, 2011, 2:32 PM

The Franklin County Beach Report is back! Many of you might remember our coverage of our area beaches last summer in reponse to the Deep Water Horizion oil spill. No oil reached our beaches and everyone is looking forward to a great season. As we did last summer, we will take you around Franklin County, show you our beautiful beaches, and introduce you to thepeople who live here, play here, and vacation here. Plus we will highlight our world-famous seafood. We have placed a link to the Beach Report on our Vacation Information page as well as a link on our home page (see right)and select OnDemand pages. Keep up to date e...

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John Spohrer's Outdoor Photography Blog

March 16, 2011, 12:26 PM

White-throated sparrow, Mitchell Creek. 3-16-11 Shooting the seasons. Spring is one of the better times of the year to photograph nature, especially birds. During the early spring most birds are well into showing their mating plumage. Males are establishing their territories and are more easily approachable. This is a time of mate selection for many species and the courting antics can be dramatic. As stated before, most bird specialist consider a 400mm (or equivalent) lens to be the minimum for successful bird photography… and that would be for larger birds. However, we all have toshoot what we have and...

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This week on Community Calendar

March 11, 2011, 10:32 AM

This week George Pruett is in studio talking about the 10th Annual Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department's Charity Rib Cook-off. It is always a fun time for everyone. They have games, musical entertainment, and plenty of B-B-Q. Also, Katie McFarland joins us on the show to give a preview of the up-coming Apalachicola Marine Art and Maritime History Exhibition. Don't miss Community Calendar this week on FCTV. Watch it On Demand on our websiteor you can see it streaming at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Noon and Midnight.

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John Spohrer's Outdoor Photography Blog

March 10, 2011, 9:54 AM

Lightning over St. George Island. 03-10-11 Capturing lightning in a camera. First the disclaimer: The common-sense approach to lightning is that if you can hear the thunder, go inside. That is what I recommend and although I frequently don't follow my own advice, as my lovely wife suggests, I don't expect anyone to feel sorry for me. However, one of the few places you can safely photograph lightning is at the coast because the storms can easily be seen without obstruction yet you can be a safe distance away. In today's image, Lightning over St. George Island, the storm is actually around the Tampa area! And t...

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Community Calendar - This week's show

March 4, 2011, 3:11 PM

This week on Community Calendar John Hosford is in studio talking about the up-coming Camp Gordon Johnston Days, which are held in Carrabelle every year. It is a three-day event honoring those who trained for the D-Day invasion at Carrabelle Beach. Also, find out about the Coastal Art Tour taking place from Carrabelle to Alligator Point. Take the tour and discover the great local art we have in the area and meet the artists behind the masterpieces. Plus, Karen Martin is in with the Pet of the Week and Jeff and Ron give us the latest fishing news from the area. Don't miss Calendar this week.

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John Spohrer's Outdoor Photography Blog

February 26, 2011, 10:53 AM

Snowy egrets in flight. 02-26-11 Photographing white birds. Keeping details in white areas of the subject (i.e. not blown out) is one aspect of outdoor photography that quickly separates rookies from more experienced photographers. Letting the camera process the information of the exposure and create a jpeg (or TIFF) using the camera-recommended exposure will usually mean loss of details in bright white areas. The camera is giving away the whites to get more details in shadows and darker areas of the shot. All pros and most serious amateurs shoot in the RAW format which is vastly misunderstood. First, RAW is...

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John Spohrer's Outdoor Photography Blog

February 21, 2011, 11:57 AM

Great blue heron in mating plumage. 02-21-11 Self assignments for better photography. Occasionally I'm asked by aspiring nature photographers, Where do I start? Well, the truth is that they always ask that question long after they grabbed the camera out of the box, impatiently charged up the battery, ran outside and started clicking… and were very unsatisfied with their results. The first place to get started is by studying the camera manual. Notice I said studying not reading. Hold your camera, read the manual and study the controls. After over 40 years of shooting I still read my camera manual once...

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John Spohrer's Outdoor Photography Blog

February 18, 2011, 12:46 PM

Brown pelican grooming. 02-18-11 The right light. It is helpful to think of photographing birds, and other subjects, in the right light. By 'right' light I mean the combination and quality of the light on both the subject and the background that will best portray the bird and/or its behavior. So, for instance, to photograph a fast bird like a tern feeding the right light would be bright lightand front light to freeze the action. To show a bird's bright plumage, overcast non-directional light might be right. In the shot of the brown pelican grooming we have an example of mixed light. The sun is very low and...

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John Spohrer's Outdoor Photography Blog

February 16, 2011, 11:15 AM

Sunrise, northwest sky, Apalachicola, Florida. 02-16-11 A filter for sunrise. In July 2009 I began a project to photograph every sunrise for a year somewhere in Franklin County, Florida; the heart (and soul) of the Forgotten Coast. At the end of the year I was in a great routine, my dogs were used to it, so I kept shooting sunrises. I have shot well over 400 sunrises in this period. I am an early shooter anyway as are all bird photographers but the best light of the day is from early, early till just after early. The dust of the previous day has had all night to settle and the morning light to me is crisper a...

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John Spohrer's Outdoor Photography Blog

February 15, 2011, 1:42 PM

Striped mullet, Mitchell Creek, Florida. 02-15-11 Filters for wildlife. Even before the invention of Photoshop I had given up the use of most filters (and flash for that matter). I found myself spending too much of my time accepting less than excellent light and trying to correct the conditions instead of persevering and searching for a better shot. Let me be the first to say, that's just me but I've been happier and more satisfied with the experience of photographing nature with less and less equipment between me and the subject. However there is one filter you absolutely should have, especially shooting...

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John Spohrer's Outdoor Photography Blog

February 14, 2011, 12:38 PM

Double-crested cormorant in fog, Scipio Creek, Florida. 02-14-11 Atmospheric perspective. One elusive element nature photographers strive for is the quality of volume in an image which loosely means a 3-D effect from the flat surface. Fortunately some pretty good minds considered how to do this in their paintings long before we started clicking. And one technique they used, and in particular Da Vinci, is called atmospheric perspective. Here's how Wiki defines it: Stronger lights and darks are closer, lighter values are farther away to simulate the effect of the atmosphere on a foggy day. I think all out...

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John Spohrer's Outdoor Photography Blog

February 13, 2011, 11:09 AM

Sunrise penumbra with great blue heron, Apalachicola Bay, Florida. 02-13-11 The decisive moment. One of the abiding elements of photographic theory is the idea of the decisive moment. Popularized by the seminal photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, here is his explanation: There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. Not only is the composition in harmony in an image with a decisive moment but to me it has a quality of perfectness in that the viewe...

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John Spohrer's Outdoor Photography Blog

February 11, 2011, 11:57 AM

Yellow Jessamine, Apalachicola National Forest, Florida. 02-11-11 Photographing winter flowers. Yes, there's still plenty of winter left on the forgotten coast but the good news is that cold weather can't keep the flowers down. For some time now the woods have been ablaze with the red maple bloom and now comes one of my favorites, yellow Jessamine. One thing that makes these beauties fun to shoot is that they are vines that grow from low to high so it's easier to get interesting perspectives than with the ground bloomers. But conditions are great in the winter to photograph blooms and if flowers are your inte...

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February 10, 2011, 9:31 AM

Eastern phoebe water bug, Apalachicola, Florida. 02-10-11 Backgrounds for birds. Unless you're making eyeball images of a pelican sitting on a fishing pier, the backgrounds of your shots are going to be as important as the subjects themselves. Here are the major techniques for pleasing backgrounds: Use a large f/stop. For photographing single birds where 99.9% of the time my focus point will be on the eye, I always use the largest f/stop I can to blur the background as much as possible (this also gives me the fastest speed possible at that ISO.) Now the drawback to the large f/stop is that the shallow depth of...

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February 9, 2011, 1:49 PM

Palm warbler, yellow race, Apalachicola, Florida. 02-09-11 Cooperative subjects. One of the questions most frequently asked of me is how I get close to birds. And the fact is that a photographer, burdened with pounds of gear and, by necessity moving, cannot get close to a healthy free and wild bird. They have to get close to you. In the beginning it seems impossible but eventually whether sitting calmly or in a blind or parked in your vehicle, you are going to find yourself closer to a free and wild bird than you ever imagined possible... with a camera in your hands. And that encounter may be, as it was for me,...

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February 8, 2011, 2:49 PM

Great blue heron in mating plumage, St. Joe Bay, Florida. 02-08-11 Getting detailed details. I shot this morning at St. Joe Bay and was not happy to see heavy overcast and no sunlight. So I had a cup of coffee and waited until the ambient light was bright enough to evenly light my subjects. About the only thing that an overcast sky is really good for is capturing color and details in still or slow-moving subjects, especially birds. But it is great for that. Since this is the time of year the great blue herons are in their mating plumage and looking their finest, I concentrated on them. Overcast days make...

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February 7, 2011, 1:42 PM

Bald eagles feeding, Apalachicola Bay. 02-07-11 Birds and backlighting. One of the most basic precepts of photographing creatures in nature is to use front lighting. Put the sun directly at your back. This maximizes detail and minimizes shadows. Now, even if you strive earnestly for front-lit subjects, there will be plenty of times you will shoot with less than optimal sun angle and some of those shots will work. But you are better off trying hard to shoot front-lit subjects, especially birds with all the fine detail in the feathers. However, there are times when back-lighting can be very effective and sunris...

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February 4, 2011, 1:58 PM

Ruby-crowned kinglet hovering. 02-04-11 Capturing Natural Behavior. One of the rewards for me as a nature photographer is observing the habitat and natural behavior of the creatures I'm photographing. Since anticipation is a key ingredient to capturing behavior, the more you study and relate to your subject, the better you can anticipate your photo opportunity. The ruby-crowned kinglet is among our smallest birds, beautifully colored in muted tints of gray and yellow and with a bright red crown that is usually hidden unless it is signaling irritation, danger or warning. These are tough, aggressive tiny torpedoes...

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February 3, 2011, 10:28 AM

Pelican landing, Scipio Creek, Florida. 02-03-11 Action shots and ISO settings. By far my favorite type of image is the good action shot, especially of birds. Birds are great subjects for action images because they are active in the daytime when we have enough light for high shutter speeds and because we have such great fascination with flight. There is no substitute for speed in an action shot and for that reason your choice of ISO setting is very important. The idea is to balance the need for speed with what you consider acceptable 'grain' in the image. Now here is my tip for the day: Noise from a high ISO sett...

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February 2, 2011, 2:03 PM

Lightning whelk, St. George Island, Florida. 02-02-11 Maximizing color. It's often quoted that detail is the soul of nature photography. I would agree and add that color is the heart of the endeavor. Professional nature photographers maximize the color in their images at the time of capture, not sitting at a computer. Since photography is nothing more or less than the capture of light, it is the nature of the light as well as the subject/perspective that will determine a good image. And that best light, known as the Golden Hour, is approximately the first and last hour of the day. One reason I began shooting sunrise...

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February 1, 2011, 1:46 PM

Double-crested cormorant, Scipio Creek, Florida. 02-01-11 Flight photography. One of the hardest skills to learn in nature is photographing birds flying. Here are some things to practice to get better. Common advice is that a 400mm lens is the minimum requirement for successfully shooting birds in flight. A shutter speed of least 1/500 sec is necessary to stop wings in motion. I always shoot bird action shots in Aperture Priority mode so i can have the camera the fastest shutter speed possible for the ISO I've chosen. Always set up with the sun at your back, and when it is low. I shoot in the mornings and in this sh...

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January 31, 2011, 2:17 PM

Moon and Venus in sea fog over Apalachicola Bay, Florida. John Spohrer's Outdoor Photography Blog 01-31-11 Greetings from Florida's Forgotten Coast. Since this is my first blog entry please let me introduce myself and give you an idea on what to expect in future posts. You can view my bio and a slide show of my portfolio here: http://www.apalachphototours.com/about.html The purpose of this blog is to offer tips and information on how to photograph outdoor subjects with an emphasis on scenic and bird images. I hope to be posting on a near daily basis so we will be seeing the changes in scenery and wildlife through th...

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January 14, 2011, 12:18 PM

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