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Florida Frontiers: The Weekly Radio Magazine of the Florida Historical Society is a weekly, half-hour radio program airing on public radio stations throughout the state. The program premiered in January 2009. The program is a combination of interview segments and produced features covering history-based events, exhibitions, activities, places and people in Florida. We explore the relevance of Florida history to contemporary society and promote awareness of heritage and culture tourism options in the state.


From 1992-2000, Ben Brotemarkle was creator, producer, and host of the hour-long radio magazine The Arts Connection on 90.7 WMFE in Orlando.  More recently he has produced and hosted a series of award-winning television documentaries.  Brotemarkle has been named Distinguished Educator and Endowed Faculty Chair of Academic Excellence at Eastern Florida State College (formerly Brevard Community College) where he teaches a course on the Humanities in Florida.  Dr. Brotemarkle holds a Ph.D. in Humanities with a specialization in Florida History, has written five books on the history and culture of the state, and is Executive Director of the Florida Historical Society.


Ben DiBiase is Director of Educational Resources for the Florida Historical Society and Archivist at the Library of Florida History in Cocoa. He is editor of the book French Florida: A Narrative Based on the Earliest Accounts by Charles de la Ronciere. Each week Ben B. and Ben D. discuss various books, documents, and artifacts relating to different aspects of Florida history and culture.



Holly Baker is a radio and podcast producer with the Public History Program at the University of Central Florida. In addition to regularly producing segments for Florida Frontiers: The Weekly Radio Magazine of the Florida Historical Society, Holly makes podcasts for the Florida Historical Quarterly, Knights Historycast (the podcast of the UCF History Department), and podcasts for the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. She has a Masters degree in Public History from UCF.


Jon White is Director of Media Production for the Florida Historical Society. He has more than 20 years experience in educational broadcasting. In addition to editing the radio program, White is co-producing the television version of Florida Frontiers to air on public television stations. He has worked on several television documentary projects with FHS, most recently The Lost Years of Zora Neale Hurston which is airing nationally.


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