Commissioner Charles Goston (District 1)

Commissioner Charles Goston
Term 1 - 2015-2018

Charles E. Goston, Sr. was born in Gainesville, Florida and attended segregated Lincoln High School where he served as Drum Major and a member of the JV Basketball and Swim teams.  He attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee and was a member of the Infamous Marching 100 Band.  He served in the U.S. Army and subsequently enrolled at the University of Florida in the College of Journalism.  He was one of a two member team to have the first regular college originating broadcast.  He worked with others to establish the Institute of Black Culture and the Black Student Union at UF and the Afro Student Union at Santa Fe Community College.  After graduating from the University of Florida, he worked at various radio stations in Florida, Georgia and Indiana.

Charles’ impact in the areas of broadcasting, journalism, radio and television has been powerful.  He has served as the owner of a cable Jazz station, program director for the first cable radio station, creator of the “Black College Monthly” magazine which has been in existence for 42 years.  He created the “African American Voter Guide” which is an informational statewide publication available in hard copy and online.  He was creator, host and producer of radio’s “Black College Football Today.” His websites www.THEBCMNETWORK.NET and attract over 75,000 visits each Saturday from individuals interested in watching or listening to black college football and basketball.  He is the owner of “All Roots Production” and is the former president of the Alachua County Democratic Black Caucus.  He is a state Black Caucus office holder and consultant with the FAMU Athletic Department.

His motto is “I am faced on a daily basis to create opportunity in the face of opposition.” 

Commissioner Charles Goston was sworn into office as the District 1 City Commissioner on May 21st.  He is the Chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee.  He is a member of the Public Safety Committee, the Regional Utilities Committee, the Library Governing Board, the Gainesville/Alachua County Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization and the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency.