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
Results: In December 2011, WBGO flipped the switch on a new antenna and transmission system atop 4 Times Square in Manhattan, enabling the station to improve its signal for a potential million listeners. WBGO's News Department continues to be among the most award winning news teams in New Jersey, and across the public media spectrum.
Geographic areas served: New York, New Jersey, and world-wide on the web
Programs: Jazz Night in America hosted by Christian McBride is produced at WBGO in partnership with NPR Music and Jazz at Lincoln Center and airs on NPR stations nationwide. WBGO Kids Jazz Series is a free concert series introducing young people to jazz each Spring and Fall. WBGO's Jazz Appreciation Month Next Generation Festival is a broadcast festival during the month of April featuring some of the metro area's best college and high school jazz ensembles. The Checkout and The Checkout: Live, produced by WBGO, highlights what is happening on the jazz scene today with artist interviews, performances and reviews. The Checkout is available nationwide through the Public Radio Exchange. the jazz bee, WBGO's HD2 channel launched in 2012, is a showcase for emerging jazz artists, and iconic artists when they were emerging.
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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!

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?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I had been a sometime listener to WBGO for many years and participated in occasional benefits that were sponsored by the station; but once CD 101.9 was eliminated I became an AVID listener. I am pleasantly amazed and proud to state that this station has provided culture, sophistication and CLASS to a sometimes to often; Bleak Outlook on Newark.

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

reach more people and provide much needed culture and sophistication to the residents of Newark.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Newark Publick Radio (WBGO) has devoted itself to keeping the link between jazz and the community strong. Their dynamic programming is always entertaining and their on air hosts are tremendously knowledgeable. I am both entertained and educated by what they have to offer. It's a great, great station that I intend to support as a volunteer and a member.

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

by listening to their great programming on air and through their podcasts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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