October 29, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.
This past Friday evening, WBGO was celebrated via a jazz concert--featuring a student ensemble from William Paterson University and the Calvin Hill Trio (featuring Michael Cochrane on piano)--by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palisades in Teaneck, New Jersey. The church supports jazz and features a regular jazz concert series at the Puffin Cultural Center, also in Teaneck.
In addition to bestowing a plaque to the station which read: ”The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palisades congratulates WBGO, the jazz source for 30 years. An outstanding contribution to the advancement of jazz,” the church, in concert with the Puffin Cultural Center, made a donation to WBGO! The appreciation for the station that emanated from the room was quite powerful. WBGO President and CEO Cephas Bowles was on hand to receive the award and extended thanks on behalf of the staff and Board of Trustees.
Pictured here: Rev. Tony Johnson (pastor of UUCP and a WBGO member), May Stawsky (member of UUCO’s Racial and Social Justice Team), Cephas Bowles (CEO, WBGO) and Eddie Raynord Hadden (Chairman of UUCP’s Board).
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October 23, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.
Morning Jazz host Gary Walker recently celebrated his 60th birthday, and the jazz community wasn’t the only one to recognize this important milestone. At Gary’s surprise birthday celebration, he received the following proclamation:
The Newark Municipal Council Hereby issues this resolution commending Gary Walker on the auspicious occasion of celebrating his 60th birthday on October 17, 2009 @ The Glenridge Community Center. The governing body joins with all residents of the city of Newark to extend heartfelt congratulations during this wholesome event
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October 22, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.
Thursday, October 22, all three candidates for New Jersey Governor met at the WBGO studios to debate the issues for the last time in this race.
Listen to the debate by clicking here.
The debate was moderated by Doug Doyle, WBGO News Director since 1988, who has been covering New Jersey politics for the past 25 years. Doug and the WBGO News team have received over 200 awards from organizations like PRNDI, AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists. Doug began his radio career at WMJY in Long Branch, New Jersey where he eventually became news director at the station known as Y107 at that time. The next stop was WOBM-FM in Toms River, New Jersey. He spent ten years there, seven of them as news director. Doug teaches radio and news writing classes at Rutgers-Newark University and Brookdale Community College and can be heard regularly on National Public Radio where he provides the network with business news and breaking stories.
General assignment reporter and the afternoon/evening news anchor, Andrew Meyer, an award-winning journalist who’s been a member of the WBGO News department since 1998, was one of two reports posing questions to the candidates. In 2004, Andrew was a fellow at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism in a program called "Cities, Suburbs and Beyond." In 2001, he received a fellowship from the National Press Foundation in Washington D.C. to take part in a special four-day forum on housing and development issues. He is a past president of the New Jersey Associated Press Broadcasters' Association. Andrew is also a contributor to and a co-host of the WBGO Journal, a weekly news magazine produced by WBGO News airing Friday nights at 7:30. He also serves as the host of WBGO’s live, monthly call-in show with Mayor Cory Booker, Newark Today.
Phil Gregory, a recent addition to the WBGO team and a long time reporter in the tri-state area, was also asking questions of Christie, Corzine and Daggett. Phil anchored coverage of several major events including the 9-11 attacks and the 2003 blackout while at Bloomberg Radio in New York City. Phil also covered business and market news as a reporter from the New York Stock Exchange. Phil started his broadcast career at WAEB in Allentown, PA where he advanced to become News Director. He was an award winning reporter and anchor at radio stations WPTR, WFLY and WROW in Albany, NY and at WOBM in Toms River, NJ. Phil is a past President of the Empire State Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He covers the Statehouse and Central Jersey for both WBGO and WHYY in Philadelphia.
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June 30, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.
On Sunday, June 28, WBGO's Josh Jackson hosted a great concert at Central Park SummerStage. The performance began with New Orleans pianist Jonathan Batiste, who paid homage to the late Michael Jackson in both song and attire. Bassist Esperanza Spalding followed with a set that ran the gamut of funk to soul to Ella inspired scat.
Closing the performance was rising star of soul and jazz, Ledisi (LED-ih-see as she pointed out several times from the stage and in cards handed out after the show). If the pronunciation of her name is a little confusing, there is no confusion what so ever about her voice or her command of the stage.
There are a great number of WBGO partner events this summer, many of them at no cost. Please visit the WBGO Events page for full details.
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March 27, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.
Since April 1979, legendary pianist Marian McPartland has welcomed a stellar line-up of jazz artists for one hour of conversation and improvisation on her Peabody Award-winning program. Each week, McPartland, with her engaging personality and improvisational savvy, hosts a variety of performers in her radio living room. You can hear Piano Jazz on WBGO Thursdays at 6:30pm.
Like WBGO, Piano Jazz is turning 30 this April. To celebrate the anniversary, Ms. McPartland returns to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 14th. "The Grande Dame of Jazz" will be joined by some of the music world's most radiant performers. Musical guests will include Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen, Bill Charlap, Cyrus Chestnut, Kurt Elling, Mulgrew Miller, Arturo O'Farrill, and Randy Weston. That's the short list.
Additionally, Marian McPartland will be honored with a lifetime achievement award from the "Worshipful Company of Musicians" of England during the evening's festivities. The award will be presented by fellow "WM of M" honoree, pianist John Escreet. For more information, check out www.wcom.org.uk.
For event information, visit Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
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