February 5, 2008
When was the last time you really cared about a primary election day? Exactly.
This will be a historic night, no matter how you vote. This is the first time in this generation that none of the candidates is an incumbent of some kind, so that might have something to do with all the hoopla. But, there's more, clearly.
The Democrats will select either a woman or an black person as their candidate, and that's the first time that's ever happened (in more than 200 years!) The Republicans could also conceivably nominate the first Mormon to run for president.
The GOP side of the race is not as close around here, but the Democrats have a real battle on their hands, especially here in Jersey where the difference between the two remaining candidates is just five percentage points.
For us in the news department it's gonna be a long day. Starting at 8 p.m. we'll be on the air with results and analysis. We'll have reporters in New York and New Jersey and NPR will cover the rest of the country. I defy you to find a music station that pays more attention to this stuff than we do. It's just one more thing that makes WBGO unique.
But, if we suck, it really doesn't mattter much, right? Well, we won't suck and you might just have some fun listening tonight. I hope you do. - David Cruz
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February 4, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
On the eve of Super Tuesday, y'all...
The views expressed in this post, whether directly or indirectly perceived, represent no one in particular.
No matter what candidate you believe in, make it count tomorrow.
It's democracy. You can vote. Yes you can.
© 2008 WBGO
February 4, 2008. Posted by Amy Niles.
I wear the title proudly. I wear a lot of hats here at WBGO- but this is my favorite one. While I am overseeing a number of the activities here at WBGO, I am sitting in my cold dark office ( no, they don't keep me in the fruit cellar!) and pouring over stats. Man, I love this stuff. Trying to understand more about our listeners and what they like ( don't ever be shy about telling us). Finding stats for our dynamic underwriting duo to use with potential sponsors ( they are one of the components along with your membership that keeps this station on the air and on the web). Just loving the fact that this station has grown from a signal in the Newark Public Schools and has expanded to include YOU- where ever you are in the world!
I thought that I would share my new fascination:
WHERE ARE YOU?
We have all kinds of tools that tell us and I am obsessed with this stuff!
Don't worry, we don't know exactly where you are. We are not going to come and visit like the Publishers Clearinghouse guys ( sorry to disappoint you!). We can only tell kinda sorta where you are- the country, state and city. Nothing creepy. We could speak in just about any language and someone in our audience would understand the words that we were saying- but you ALL understand the music.
Did you know that the majority of you who listen online are in our terrestrial listening area?
4 of you were listening from Botswana yesterday. And 4 from the Virgin Islands.
5.1% of our US online audience yesterday was from California. And 2.6% came from Florida.
OK, so now guess. Number one place outside of the US where people were listening-
Who are all of you? Are you expats? How did you find WBGO? Are you members ( ok, so shoot me, I had to ask!)? Share something with the rest of us about what turns you on about this music. I am going to Japan in March- where should I go to hear jazz in Tokyo?
Bottom line, you are a part of a great community, a party that goes where ever you do, whenever you want us. Thanks for joining us! And if you ever find yourself in Newark, feel free to come and visit us- we love having you.
Amy- The House Geek
© 2008 WBGO
February 1, 2008
Today was Jazz Giants Day. Rhonda played some of the bigguns of this music in honor of the Giants Super Bowl appearance. If you were listening you heard Diz, Satch, Miles and many others in what was, for me, a great mid-day's worth of jazz. Singer sandy Sasso was in today. She's one of our most loyal volunteers and cooks and bakes like a mad woman for us and for her fellow volunteers. Today there was roast beet soup and chicken pot pie, not to mention a variety of super tasty banana nut and other bread. Yum!
I told you I'd be blogging every day I was on the air, and today we said we'd post some of your comments. It's true, real people just like you are pledging their hard-earned cash to this radio station because they know that we rock the jazz all over the world like nobody else. Here are just a few comments:
Lisa from Weehawken, NJ pledged $XXXX as a NEW pledge! (12:14:37) Note: I was thrilled to stumble upon WBGO! My radio is on 24-7! I even listen while I'm asleep
Ingrid from New York, NY pledged $XXXX as a NEW pledge! (11:06:00) NOTE:Just put on the radio, and it made me smile and I decided to join.
Marco from New York, NY pledged $XXXX - as a NEW pledge! (10:41:00) NOTE:Love the radio, normally does not listen to the radio. Through MY Ipod away since I've been listening to WBGO
Clyde from Brooklyn, NY pledged $XXXX - as a RENEWING pledge! (10:46:00) NOTE: Today is my 70th birthday -- celebrating by renewing his membership.
Norman from West Orange, NJ pledged $XXXX - as a RENEWING pledge! (10:30:00) NOTE:Thanks everyone on the station for keeping the music alive. You're the last gas, don't do away.
Thanks to all of you who have done your part. For the rest of you: c'mon, you know you wanna! - David Cruz
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