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Intersection: Florida History With Ben Brotemarkle

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How did Orlando get its name? A plaque commemorating Orlando Reeves sits on the shore of Lake Eola, but Ben Brotemarkle says the origins may be more Shakespearean. Photo by Visitor7 via Wikimedia Commons

Where did Orlando get its name? How do you pin down the identity of a state as transient and diverse as Florida? You might find answers to these questions on Florida Frontiers- the Florida Historical Society’s weekly radio show.

The show’s host, Ben Brotemarkle, says Florida’s not really a melting pot, more like a gumbo. Brotemarkle’s been cataloging the ingredients that make up the rich history of the Sunshine State on his show since 2009, and he says there’s no shortage of new discoveries to make.

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »