WBGO Blog
  • WBGO wins Avaya Communications Makeover!

    November 10, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Avaya Communications truck in front of WBGO in Newark, NJ
    WBGO President and CEO, Cehpas Bowles, had the following to say about this exciting opportunity for WBGO, "Owing to Vice President for Operations and Engineering David Tallacksen’s awareness and personal initiative, WBGO will receive a brand new digital telephone system free of charge from Avaya.  In late summer 2009, the phone giant ran an online “communications makeover contest” asking businesses and non-profit organizations to tell them via video why they deserved a new telephone system.  David prepared a wonderful video, which was shot in one of our production studios, and laid out the rationale for a new station system.  Avaya liked what they saw and rewarded David’s work with one of 20 free phone systems.  I understand that there were almost 2,000 entrants nationwide.  The Avaya team traveled to WBGO on Friday, October 23 to make the announcement."

    Watch David's video entry here.

    Congratulations, big time, to David Tallacksen and to WBGO.

  • WBGO wins award from UUCP

    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).

  • Gary gets “official” birthday gift

    October 23, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Gary receives his official gift
    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

    Congrats Gary!