NEWARK PUBLIC RADIO INC

Rating: 4.93 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Sports

Location: 54 Park Pl Newark NJ 07102 USA

Mission: WBGO is a publicly-supported, cultural institution that champions jazz and presents news to a worldwide audience through radio, other technologies and events. Organizational values that guide WBGO in accomplishing its mission are: * A belief in the vibrancy and continuance of jazz as a cultural art form * Educational outreach is an important part of the station’s programming * A diverse, open workplace that supports the development and enhancement of the staff’s talents and skills * Listeners, members and the general public deserve to be treated with respect, quality service and information

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Rating: 5 stars  

WBGO is tops when it comes to allowing their listeners to truly immerse themselves in their love of jazz music. I have worked with their events team at the Newport Jazz Festival, and the passion they have for their listeners is second to none. I doubt one would find a team more dedicated to their craft than the professionals at WBGO.

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Rating: 5 stars  

WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM | Newark Public Radio has the best Jazz programming on the air today. Their on-air personnel are knowledgeable; they play: the classics; "your" favorites; new artists; new music by legends and today's greats; and the music by very talented emerging artists!

WBGO's programming continues to also:
- educate through their community programs
- remain current and important to their audience by listening to them (i.e. an active community advisory board).

WBGO's special programs and on-air interviews never disappoint!

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Rating: 5 stars  

WBGO is a travel partner of ours and has been bringing avid jazz fans to the Newport Jazz Festival by bus for the last two summers. Our friends there work tirelessly to get the word out to listeners and to make travel to the festival easy and fun from New York, New Jersey, Brooklyn and Boston. We love working with them and are grateful for all they do for the jazz community!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The best Jazz station in the nation - bar none! I have been a member of WBGO and will continue to be so, as supporting the arts and jazz music is essential to our cultural evolution.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Nobody does it better when it comes to presenting jazz in all its wonderful varieties. Great DJs provide original programming that is soulful, musically enlightening and always enjoyable. Happy to listen any time of the day.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

listening every day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No need to change anything. Keep up the good work!

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My experience with Newark Public Radio, Inc. began in November 1984 when I began doing fundraisers on a regular basis; the first person I met was Rhonda Hamilton. As always, WBGO had been going through constant reorganization and my participation with them was an outgrowth of a hobby of mine--collecting jazz memorabilia; I grew up in a musical family in Brooklyn. Besides jazz, I really love the news and public affairs programming and it has been an augment to my formal education. The many people and positive experiences that I have still remain with me to this day. Anthony Brown

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

not only live concerts and events, but as an outreach to the community at large. It has transcended many communities as a bridge to peoples' lifestyles and has created a healthy exchange of experiences in many public forums and civil milieu.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see more participation from museums, educational and cultural institutions and to make it more of an intergenerational milieu. There should be more of a hands-on approach to public broadcasting and to have more internships available.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It gave me a new passion in life--understanding the invaluable role of public media (NPR) in American society and how this is an example of a participatory democracy where everyone has a role in it; becoming more of a lifelong learner and a citizen.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

People who were well rounded and had lives outside of public media. Being passionate about the contribution of jazz not only in American society but throughout the world.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

form a stronger alliance with organizations such as The Jazz Foundation of America and Jazz at Lincoln Center. To enlighten more young people about the NEA Jazz Masters program and the IAJE; to provide support for musicians in an educative environment.

Ways to make it better...

I would have known about the innovations in new media such as mobile, interactive and digital and as a complement to my university education. Being more active in the global village of communications and social media. Anthony Brown

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Maintaining the high quality of programming without sacrificing or compromising its standards and to remain true to the mission statement at all times. Also, finding new sources of revenue on a consistent basis in addition to new audiences.

One thing I'd also say is that...

WBGO will always be relevant in society, no matter what the changes in media landscape reflect. The sincerity, candor and honesty of the people who make their living performing and disseminating the organid artform known as jazz.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Being the Jazz buff that I am, I wouldn't want to have to wake up every morning without my favorite radio station. All the services they provide are essential to my well-being, and assist in stress relief from the daily grind. Long live WBGO! Keep doing what you're doing!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the camaraderie of staff and volunteers. We are one big family. Really!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

move the transmitter for wider distribution of the fantastic sounds!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

WBGO is a national treasure -- one of the few public radio stations left that plays real jazz and blues. And their news department is first-rate, too. I don't know how I would get through my day without it. I've been listening for about 20 years and for over a dozen years was lucky enough to volunteer at the station during the fund drives. There I met the wonderful people that are the heart of WBGO. As a member, I know I'm really part of something wonderful. Thanks, BGO, for making every day better.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

listening to the station on the radio, on the Web, and no on my iPhone. I love that they are on the forefront of technology to get this great American art form out to everyone around the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting the staff of the station through my volunteer work. They made me feel my work was important and appreciated. A great experience for anyone who loves jazz and wants to give back.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

a wonderfully diverse, creative and dedicated group of people.

Ways to make it better...

it was an easier commute from NYC. :-)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

There is not a lot of financial support for public jazz radio stations. There is an audience out there, but the jazz listening audience does not gives as much or as readily as the classical music audience.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

2/21/10 AS FAR AS MY JAZZ LISTENING EXPERIENCE IS CONCERNED WBGO IS MY LOVE, MY LIFE, MY ALL. I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO WBGO FOR THE LAST TWENTY OR SO YEARS. I CONTRIBUTE REGULARLY TO HELP MAINTAIN THE ONLY RADIO STATION DEDICATED TO JAZZ IN THE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA. I COMMEND MR. CEPHAS BOWLES AND HIS STAFF FOR THEIR UNTIRING DEVOTION AND DEDICATION TO KEEPING AMERICAS ONLY INDIGINOUS MUSIC ALIVE.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

JAZZ LEADERSHIP LUNCHEN

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

THE STATIONS DJ'S. EACH ONE HAS THEIR OWN PERSONALITY AND IT'S EXPRESSED IN THE PRESENTATION AND PLAYING OF THE MUSIC.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I WENT TO THE NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL IN AMSTERDAM WITH CEPHAS BOWLS, MONTREAUX JAZZ FESTIVAL IN SWITZERLAND WITH GARY WALKER, MICHAEL BOURNE, THURSTON BRISCOE, RHONDA HAMILTON,BRIAN DEIP, DAN KARCHER,ROB CROKER SHELIA ANDERSON AND EULIS CATHY.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

WOULDENT NEED TO HAVE THOSE ANNOYING FUND EAISERS.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

WBGO actively presents many aspects of jazz, from the 1920s to live club recordings in 2010. Not just somebody's Top 20 list. The hosts will take a work and display how various musicians have expressed it over the decades. The station actively supports music in the schools, and sponsors youth jazz programs at Newark Performing Arts Center. The programming regularly features Afro-jazz, Caribbean jazz, as well as the young artists of today. The hosts often provide context for the music (who made it, who was in the group, etc) and how it influenced others. In a time when spending for the arts is some times under pressure, the station's supporters reach out to help it expose more people to good jazz.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the youth concert series. Hundreds of young musicians have had the opportunity to interact with professionals and raise their personal achievement targets even higher.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful people from many backgrounds. Jazz is a great way to bring people together

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its over the air signal. And add additional web streams with various kinds of jazz programming.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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