Newark Public Radio Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   16 reviews


54 Park Pl Newark NJ 07102 USA


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


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


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  

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.

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

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