Bascomb Memorial Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.88 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 2921 Coral Way Miami FL 33145 USA

Mission:

 Our mission is to provide quality public-centric music, arts, and cultural programming to the residents of South Florida and beyond. In an ever changing radio landscape, WDNA remains committed to America''s Classical Music, alternative voices, and the marriage of entertainment with enrichment.


Geographic areas served: South Florida
Programs: Major program is broadcasting 24-hours a day. Local programs include a strong music education program and extensive calendar of arts and social service events. Projects include accepting interns from Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Miami-Dade Community College gaining experience in music diversity, basic radio production, engineering, administration, public relations, and marketing. The news component is provided by the BBC World Service in English and Spanish. The Annual Jazz Film Festival presents 15-25 documentaries, short subjects, and animation from throughout the world
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EIN 23-7412945
305-662-8889
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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I've been listening to WDNA for over 25 years. It's a great entertainment as well as educational experience for Jazz and other forms of music. South Florida Jazz Summit

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

There passion and commitment to keeping Jazz alive in the community.

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

Always friendly and upbeat.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The best of all possible worlds; great jazz, great reggae, great brazilian music and so much more. Did I say great jazz? The greatest! I gladly volunteer for any and all events where I can be of use to this wonderful musical resource. Also the news from the BBC! They fill a true need in my community where the sirwaves are cluttered with banal overplayed "hits".

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

My love of jazz music and music in all its' many forms has been enriched by listening to WDNA. The DJ's are not paid drones, they love the music, they study the music, they care about the lives of the artists, they are true connoiseurs of jazz.

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

Learning more and more about the music, be it jazz by americans, cubans, europeans, latins in general, brazilians and so many more. The reggae show is quite possibly the best and longest running in South Florida.

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

Dedicated to the music and to the station. Professionals in their fields who loved music and were willing to work for less pay in order to do what they loved. The volunteers I met have all worked for the love of the music.

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

Broadcast throughout more of South Florida instead of their present limited range. I often sit in my car listening rather than enter my home and lose the signal. I have found myself going out of my way when listening to a great set.

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: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

WDNA is the ONLY radio station I listen when I am in the car. Frank in the morning does a wonderful job in playing different music all the time and he is so knowledgeable. When I come back from work I also listen and if I drive in the evening I also tune in WDNA: Fusion Latina, etc. I enjoy going to the concerts at Frost School of Music that are sponsored by WDNA. All in all, this radio station is superb.

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

the choice of music they play. They play real jazz, not smooth, smoother or smoothest. And very rarely do you every listen to the same song again.

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

wonderful. I see some of the at the Frost School of Music Concerts and other venues. They are very friendly.

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

reach more audience and be able to pay for their new headquarters,

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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Absolutely wonderful. So nice to hear dj's who are knowledgable about music. Have lived all over US, was a music major. WDNA makes it totally unnecessary to have satelite radio in car. I listen to it all day long.

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

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

Knowledge of the DJ's

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

Consumate professionals

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

Be a good start to what they deserve.

Ways to make it better...

Strengthen signal.

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

The general Miami public doesn't know it's there.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I've been a fan of great music since I was born. Thanks to my late father, I was exposed to everything from classical to 50's pop to jazz and klezmer to r & b, yiddishe pop, opera and Broadway. I come from a very musical family and we not only listened together but we also played together. One sister played piano and cello, the other played piano and accordian and I played piano and clarinet, my father sang and my mother watched and listened. It was wonderful. As I grew up, I discovered New York salsa music, Cuban music and modern jazz. I used to buy a lot of records because no one radio station could satisfy my appetite for diverse cultural music. In all the years I lived in NYC there were some good jazz stations and good classical stations but never was there a radio station which offered a variety of global music. Here in South Florida we have WDNA, 88.9 fm. It is a global radio station servicing a very multi-cultural community. Most of the DJ's are incredibly knowledgeable. They play only the very best music of a particular genre. During the summer months, my husband and I live in Europe where we listen to WDNA online. This way, because of the time difference, we get to hear the shows that we generally miss when in the states. The music is always excellent. The talk shows are always informative and cutting edge. Every morning as I wait for my first cup of coffee, I turn on the radio to Frank Consola's show from 6am til 11am. He is a walking jazz encyclopedia and plays the very best music any jazz fan could possibly desire. WDNA offers quality programming 24/7 and I am deeply grateful and feel so fortunate to have them in my life on a daily basis, wherever I am in the world.

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

listening on a daily basis. I have also attended several concerts sponsored by WDNA and they are always quality performances.

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

have a very difficult time deciding what to change as I think they are currently doing a fantastic job. If it's not broken, don't fix it.

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

the joy of having a great local radio station 24/7. And, they are online as well, so that we can listen when we are out of town or out of the country as well. We are always guaranteed good listening.

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

I've met a few dj's and Maggie over the phone on different occasions. They are extremely friendly and seem to really appreciate their listeners.

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

produce more concerts, strengthen their radio signal, broadcast live concerts and do more for the community. Perhaps they would be able to produce some musical documentaries as well. Maybe a doc about Cuban music-- yesterday and today?

Ways to make it better...

Sometimes WDNA loses their signal. It doesn't happen as often as it used to though. However, if would be nice if they were able to improve the strength of their signal even more so.

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

financial ones. WDNA is a public radio station funded mostly by private citizens like myself. During these difficult economic times surely it must be effecting their ability to raise money for the station.

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

WDNA exudes musical integrity. I think this is rare nowadays and I applaud them for this.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Entertaining. Enriching. Valuable. Informative. Let's me know about interesting local events I would not find out about, otherwise. Laid-back, Unpretentious, Honest.

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

music, news.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

WDNA has been an oasis of musical culture in Miami for many years. I tune in whenever I can to hear music that I would never find anywhere else. Although their terrestrial signal was not always as strong as I wanted - for instance, if I am in my car in another county I can't hear them - their presence on the Web is excellent, and I stream their shows sometimes. I wish there were more radio stations like 88.9 FM Miami!

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

...get a more powerful transmitter so that more people could enjoy their incredible programming.

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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