June 30, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.
“A good story is a good story. It’s our job to tell them.” – Doug Doyle
Doug Doyle has been telling stories as the WBGO News Director for seventeen years. With nine new awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), it seems like he’s found a way to tell them right.
Under Doyle’s leadership, the WBGO news team was celebrated by PRNDI at its June 2015 conference in categories from sports to arts and commentary to continuing news coverage.
Doyle is particularly proud that everyone from full-time staffers to interns are recognized by the awards. “Everyone here contributes to shared knowledge,” he says. Doyle gets input from the entire staff to keep WBGO News topical, diverse and thorough. “Reporters help select stories they want to cover. If all of our news came from this fifty-three year old’s mind, it would be too narrow to be news.”
"When you work as a team, you can do some great things" - Doyle
This year’s round of national awards confirms WBGO’s mastery of local news. Corporate stations may have whittled down their coverage of local issues, but Doyle continues to tap into his genuine interest in people to fuel WBGO’s reputation for great coverage of the most pressing stories in Newark and Essex County. “When I walk down Broad Street, I almost always end up having a conversation with someone. My daughter yells at me because I take too much time talking with everyone from grocery clerks to passersby on the street. I can’t help it. I’m curious. I want to know who people are and what got them to this point.”
One top example of a staff-driven lean for a story came from intern Maxine Macias’ coverage of LBGTQ issues in Newark from the 1960s to today – a story from the WBGO Journal that garnered one of the nine awards.
WBGO was also recognized for Phil Gregory and Doyle’s coverage of “Bridgegate,” and Alexandra Hill’s coverage of the controversial One Newark Plan.
Doyle will continue to seek out stories that are thought provoking for listeners – a quality that’s getting harder to find in the privately-owned mediascape. “Commerical stations cover things that shock. WBGO covers those stories if there is news behind it – but also stories that make us think, cry or smile. And especially stories that connect to jazz, rhythm and blues, of course!”
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June 26, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Montreal lives, breathes, and loves jazz every summer, when millions of fans and hundreds of acts take over the city. So does WBGO, especially host Michael Bourne, who attends FIJM every year, as he has for two decades, and producer Simon Rentner, who covers the ins and outs of Montreal for The Checkout.
Bourne and Rentner are back on the scene in Montreal this year. Check out the WBGO blog every day through July 5, and tune in to WBGO FM, to hear and read their day-by-day reports and behind-the-scenes coverage.
Can't wait? WBGO's Tim Wilkins has profiled five top Canadian acts at this year's festival for NPRMusic, with streaming tracks. And WBGO's HD2 channel, The Jazz Bee, is streaming music by this year's artists throughout the festival.
Miss something? Check out our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2014 Montreal jazz fest - or our coverage of 2013 - with hundreds of photos and interviews you can't see or hear anywhere else, or... you get the picture.
We hope you enjoy the very best of Montreal year after year - with WBGO!
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June 5, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Pianist Paul Shaffer, former leader of the Late Night With David Letterman band, talks with Rhonda Hamilton about a celebration of trumpeter Lew Soloff he hosted at the Manhattan School of Music on June 8. Soloff passed away March 8, 2015.
WBGO's Ang Santos attended the concert, and spoke with Shaffer as well as the event's producer, Noah Evans, and others who performed at the event to celebrate Soloff's legacy.
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