WBGO Blog
  • More Champions of Jazz -- DownBeat Magazine

    November 11, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Frank Paquito

    As WBGO celebrates 30 years, DownBeat celebrates 75. We honored publisher Frank Alkyer, musician Paquito D’Rivera (on this month’s cover), and Down Beat President Kevin Maher at the Champions of Jazz benefit concert on Nov 3. They responded with these words.

    FROM FRANK ALKYER, PUBLISHER .. We are very proud to accept this award on behalf of the DownBeat family -- 75 years worth of great writers, editors, photographers, business managers, bookkeepers, receptionists and interns. All of them have played a role in Read more

  • Newark Art Parade features Jazz88 saxman

    November 10, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO Pres & CEO Cephas Bowles with Gary Barat of the Barat Fdtn with the Jazz88 saxman sculpture
    The Newark Arts Council created an art parade for the Open Doors weekend in Newark, when art galleries opened their doors in the evening for a great night out in Newark. The Barat Foundation created mobile sculptures for the occasion, including one of the Jazz 88 saxman! The parade ran right in front of the station around 5:30pm on Friday, October 23rd.

    Thanks to the Newark Arts Council and the Barat Foundation for creating a great event and the fun WBGO Jazz88 saxman moving sulpture. Click here for information about the Open Doors weekend.

  • 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.