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November 15, 2012

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November 15, 2012

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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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 21, 2011

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January 21, 2011

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.

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

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

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.

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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.

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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

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

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

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

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.

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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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 21, 2010

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February 21, 2010

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

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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

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

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.

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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

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

Were it not for Newark Public Radio, Inc., I would not have an opportunity to hear jazz 24 hours a day in the New York/New Jersey market. The radio station offers a wide range of jazz, not just concentrating on the old masters, but continues to introduce audiences to the younger musicians making names for themselves. I work as an artist manager, managing jazz artists. I have the opportunity to have my clients introduced to a very large jazz market. Many of my clients have been helped personally with their increased notice in magazines and other journals as a result of being played on WBGO. We need jazz radio to help keep this music alive. I don't know what we would do in this business without Newark Public Radio, Inc. Can you imagine a market as large as New York/New Jersey without a 24 hour station devoted to America's classical music? I sure can't. Thank God for Newark Public Radio, Inc.

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

the manner in which they introduced my clients to the jazz market in the New York/New Jersey market.

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

The professionalism of the staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

Long before I worked in Jazz, I was a fan of Jazz. I lived in New Jersey, just outside of Manhattan, and WBGO was my window into a world of music beyond the 3-minute pop song. DJs like Michael Bourne and Gary Walker introduced me to music that was daring, beautiful, different and fun. They're still there, along with a stable of thoughtful DJs that's as good as you'll find on radio. For the past 20 years, I've have the honor of working in the Jazz arena. We've worked with WBGO on a variety of joint projects, and you know what? The professionals managing the station are just as good as the folks behind the microphones. In our partnerships with WBGO, I've found that they set the bar high, then proceed to deliver well above it. For example, we recently worked with the station on its annual Champions Of Jazz Gala. We thought it would be a terrific evening for our staff and clients, considering it was WBGO's 30th anniversary and DownBeat's 75th. Terrific was an understatement. The program, from start to finish, was a complete success. Every detail was handled beautifully. And as a result, WBGO, DownBeat and, especially, jazz all received an unforgettable evening. Several years earlier, we worked together on a feature on the great pianist Dave Brubeck. Michael Bourne did the interview. It ran as a cover story in DownBeat and as a radio interview on WBGO. Each of our interviews promoted the other, which created a terrific platform to propel the work and legacy of one of our greatest jazz artists. Each example required a great deal of communication and teamwork from our organizations, or we stood to fail miserably. It was never a concern with a partner like WBGO. The station does amazing work in the jazz community. We're proud whenever we have an opportunity to work with the staff of WBGO to promote this great music called Jazz.

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

... seeing how well they run events. WBGO's Champions Of Jazz Gala is one of the best-run events in jazz, period.

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

The people. They are smart, on task, focused and fun. They get the job done with dedication and joy.

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

... get the word out about some of the greatest music and musicians on the planet. If they could take their recipe for community outreach and double or triple it, what a difference it would make in enriching the lives of Greater New York.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

I was introduced to WBGO almost 30 years ago, at the suggestion of a friend, when the music I'd grown up with no longer moved me. It has taught me all about jazz and now jazz is the music that moves me the most. Besides the music, the station produces excellent local news programming, such as the weekly call-in show with Newark's mayor Corey Booker. And the station is ever-innovative: it now broadcasts live from the Village Vanguard on Wednesday nights. There is no station like it in the world!

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

cordial and genuinely engaging. They listen -- and are always looking for ways to improve the station.

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

produce more original programming. Not to put that on the present staff! They work more than hard enough! But with $10 million, there would be room in the budget for enough staff, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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