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Newark Public Radio Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Radio, Recreation & Sports, Sports

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

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!



Rating: 5

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.