• See WBGO on NJN this Thursday

    January 25, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Celia Cruz painting by Erich Padilla
    Celia Cruz painting by Erich Padilla

    Erich Lugo Padilla recently exhibited his work in the WBGO Gallery, and NJN was there.  Tune in to NJN this Thursday at 7pm to see the story

    Don Francisco, Art & Report Card on Latinos in the Media
    Thursday, January 28, 2010, at 7 pm;
    Sunday, January 31 at 8 am

    Don Francisco, international star of the highly celebrated and longest running Spanish language program “Sabado Gigante” brings over 40 years of broadcasting experience to television executives and advertisers on how best to reach the Latino community. Also, get the latest report card on the major networks and their efforts to hire more Latino actors, directors, writers, cameramen and executives following the tenth anniversary of a major challenge and demand by local and national Latino organizations across the country to see more Latinos in positive roles both on and off the screen. Who do you think has done the best job of giving Latinos an opportunity to succeed on television? Is it ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox or the cable networks? While you make your decision, you can witness the outstanding art work of Erich Padilla, painter of famous Jazz and Latino stars in a wonderful setting at Newark’s WBGO Jazz radio station.

  • Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are failing Black Students

    January 19, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Honoring Black History Month, WBGO seeks out programming focusing on not just the history, but the present and future of African-Americans in and around our area and nation.  On February 18th at 8pm, WBGO  will air the documentary program, Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are failing Black Students, produced by Nancy Solomon.

    Nationwide, suburban schools are doing a good job educating white students, but those schools are not getting the same results with black and Latino students. This documentary tells the story of a suburban high school with lots of resources and a diverse student body that is struggling to close the minority achievement gap.

    Award-winning NPR Reporter Nancy Solomon takes you inside a school to hear a discussion on race in the classroom.  Listen as students try to explain what went wrong with their education. Join her at the kitchen table with black middle-class parents who thought that a move to the suburbs would ensure school success. Find out how the school's best teachers motivate their students. Be a fly on the wall in the busy dean's office where kids with discipline problems land.

    Tune in to WBGO on Thursday, February 18 at 8pm to listen to this compelling documentary

  • Ben Sidran with WBGO's Gary Walker

    January 15, 2010. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Ben Sidran has left a deep mark and he’s far from finished. A musical life which so far has connected with Mose Allison, Blue Mitchell, Phil Woods, Jon Hendricks, Eric Clapton, Steve Miller, Diana Ross & The Rolling Stones….

    A life in media as radio host of Sidran on Record and television host of Jazz Visions for VH-1. A rich life. A Peabody Award winning life.  And because of his hip attitude, a life readily shared .

    Recently, Ben Sidran and I sat down for a two part chat; part one on his rich musical life and the stories that come naturally; part two on his current focus “Dylan Different”, a recording of Bob Dylan material. - Gary Walker

    Listen to part I here.

    Listen to part II here.