• Happy Bastille Day With WBGO in Juan Les Pins!

    July 17, 2015. Posted by Lezlie Harrison.

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    Happy Bastille Day from Juan les Pins, a beautiful resort town in Antibes, France!

    I am here with a hip group of WBGO members and friends on our way to the 55th annual Jazz a Juan festival. As you can see, it's a party - I'm always up for that!


    The views here are amazingly stunning,  where the French Alps meets the Mediterranean Sea.


    Our tour guide gave us a colorful, historically detailed description of the area as we were making our way from Nice to our hotel.

    First order of the day - lunch served seaside,  before we embarked on an afternoon tour of Old Antibes.


    We enjoyed the sculptures in the garden at the the Museé Picasso.


    We also enjoyed exploring the beautiful, small cobblestoned streets of Old Antibes.


    Many homes in the village have these uniquely decorated doors, which were a treat as we made our way up the hill.


    After some downtime and rest, we regrouped for the evening's concerts by the sea.

    We got to listen to the JZ Quartet featuring Shanghai's Coco Zhao,  and Impulse artist Sarah McKenzie whose band featured our friend, drummer Greg Hutchinson.

    This talented young Australian singer, now based in New York, was at WBGO last October when she was a finalist in the NJPAC Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition!

    My, the world can be a small and wonderful place...


    And all of this wonderful music was accompanied by a beautiful sunset and finally fireworks for Bastille Day, France's celebration of national independence.

    Tomorrow we are off to Monaco. . .!

  • WBGO News Team Wins 9 Radio News Awards

    June 30, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    “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.

    WBGO News Director Doug Doyle, PRNDI emcee and Planet Money host Robert Smith, and former WBGO Assistant News Director Andrew Meyer

    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!”

    -Josh Landes

  • The Very Best of Montreal 2015 With WBGO

    June 26, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    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!

    Michael Bourne and Simon Rentner with saxophonist Charles Lloyd