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  • 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.

  • 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).