Straight Talk, a unique partnership of the Jaguars Foundation with local media, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to help prevent teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections among teens is airing its 2011 show from June 2 through June 9, 2011. This year's show is co-hosted by Samantha "Sam,"cheerleader from The ROAR of the Jaguars, Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox and Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings.
Under the leadership of Foundation Chair and CEO and Jaguars owner Delores Barr Weaver, WJXT 4, WJCT PBS 7, WTLV NBC 12, WCWJ CW 17, WJXX ABC 25, WAWS FOX 30, WTEV CBS 47, Comcast Cable, Comcast On-Demand, The Florida Times-Union/jacksonville.com, Clear Channel Outdoor and PRI Productions collaborate to produce an annual prime time television town hall forum, "Teens & Sex…the Real Truth." The show promotes parent-teen communication and offers candid information on teens and sex, and the consequences faced by sexually active teenagers.
Mrs. Weaver said, "The good news is that the rate of teen pregnancy nationally is going down. However, Jacksonville's rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections are still high when compared to state and national rates. We need to keep getting the message out to each new generation of upcoming teens to act responsibly and understand the potential life-changing consequences of their actions."
Produced at the WJCT PBS 7 studio with a football stadium themed set, the 2011 show marks the media partnership's 12th annual TV production. It covers current issues facing teens with a live studio audience of middle and high school students. Medical expert Linda Dinerman, M.D., and legal expert the Honorable Libby Senterfitt, Circuit Court Judge, addressed questions from the students. The show also features radio personality DJ Dr. Doom, a special performance by 12-year old Rebecca Hewitt of the song "Firework" by Katy Perry, and Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville. The show and other information can be accessed year-round at straighttalk.jacksonville.comcreated in partnership with jacksonville.com at *The Florida Times-Union. *Segments of the show can also be accessed on Comcast On-Demand following the one-week broadcast.
The media partnership also airs Straight Talk public service announcements year-round featuring Jaguars players, cheerleaders, Delores Barr Weaver and Jaxson de Ville. Additionally, beginning in 1999, the Foundation has partnered with the Weaver Family Foundation to award more than $2.1 million in Straight Talk grants to local programs specifically dealing with this issue.
2011 Straight Talk Show broadcast schedule
Thursday, June 2 7:30PM Comcast Cable, Ch. 99
8:00PM WJCT PBS 7
Friday, June 3 2:00AM WCWJ CW 17
7:00PM Comcast Cable, Ch. 99
Saturday, June 4 1:00PM WAWS FOX30
7:00PM WTLV NBC 12
8:00PM WJXT 4
8:00PM WCWJ CW 17
8:30PM Comcast Cable, Ch. 99
Sunday, June 5 12:00PM WTEV CBS47
4:00PM WJXX ABC25
Monday, June 6 6:30PM Comcast Cable, Ch. 99
Tuesday, June 7 5:00 PMComcast Cable, Ch. 99
Wednesday, June 8 8:30PM Comcast Cable, Ch. 99
Thursday, June 9 7:00PM Comcast Cable, Ch. 99