WBGO Blog
  • Remembering June Kim (1933-2010)

    April 1, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    June Kim
    June Kim
    With the death of June Kim, WBGO has lost a great volunteer and friend.  June was born in Harlem, raised in the Bronx ("Miss Paradise Farms" 1953), worked her full career at New York Telephone Co., and resided for many years in Teaneck.  June always spoke with pleasure of her close and extended family and friends, and -- as expressed in her Obituary, in capital letters -- JUNE LOVED JAZZ.  Long before young Jeremy Pelt came to New York, June was telling us about her trumpet-playing nephew.   We at WBGO who knew June are very fortunate, and share in the sadness of losing her.  In Volunteer Co-ordinator Sylvia Brewer's words, "June was a wonderful, classy lady – her smile, and love for the music will always be remembered."
  • Broadway By The Year

    February 18, 2010. Posted by Andrew Meyer.

    Scott Siegel is the producer and host of an extraordinary series of concerts at The Town Hall in New York. "Broadway by the Year" celebrates musical theatre year by year with some of Broadway's best singers and dancers. This season is Siegel's 10th anniversary and begins February 22nd with the musicals of 1927, including the first great dramatic musical, "Show Boat." March 22nd spotlights musicals of 1948, including the first Tony-winning Best Musical, "Kiss Me, Kate." May 10th features musicals of 1966, including "Cabaret," "Mame," and "Sweet Charity." Siegel's season finale on June 14th will be that much more special, presenting one song from one musical each of the last 20 years, plus Scott's choice of a song from the Broadway season happening now.

    We talked about "Broadway by the Year" for the February 19th WBGO Journal, but this blog special includes our continuing conversation about our favorite shows, plus songs from four of Scott's previous "years" at The Town Hall.

    -- Michael Bourne

  • NJ Gubernatorial Debate at WBGO

    October 22, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    NJ Gubernatorial Debate at WBGO Jazz 88.3FM October 22, 2009
    Thursday, October 22, all three candidates for New Jersey Governor met at the WBGO studios to debate the issues for the last time in this race.

    Listen to the debate by clicking here.

    The debate was moderated by Doug Doyle, WBGO News Director since 1988, who has been covering New Jersey politics for the past 25 years. Doug and the WBGO News team have received over 200 awards from organizations like PRNDI, AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists. Doug began his radio career at WMJY in Long Branch, New Jersey where he eventually became news director at the station known as Y107 at that time. The next stop was WOBM-FM in Toms River, New Jersey. He spent ten years there, seven of them as news director. Doug teaches radio and news writing classes at Rutgers-Newark University and Brookdale Community College and can be heard regularly on National Public Radio where he provides the network with business news and breaking stories.

    General assignment reporter and the afternoon/evening news anchor, Andrew Meyer, an award-winning journalist who’s been a member of the WBGO News department since 1998, was one of two reports posing questions to the candidates. In 2004, Andrew was a fellow at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism in a program called "Cities, Suburbs and Beyond." In 2001, he received a fellowship from the National Press Foundation in Washington D.C. to take part in a special four-day forum on housing and development issues. He is a past president of the New Jersey Associated Press Broadcasters' Association. Andrew is also a contributor to and a co-host of the WBGO Journal, a weekly news magazine produced by WBGO News airing Friday nights at 7:30. He also serves as the host of WBGO’s live, monthly call-in show with Mayor Cory Booker, Newark Today.

    Phil Gregory, a recent addition to the WBGO team and a long time reporter in the tri-state area, was also asking questions of Christie, Corzine and Daggett. Phil anchored coverage of several major events including the 9-11 attacks and the 2003 blackout while at Bloomberg Radio in New York City. Phil also covered business and market news as a reporter from the New York Stock Exchange. Phil started his broadcast career at WAEB in Allentown, PA where he advanced to become News Director. He was an award winning reporter and anchor at radio stations WPTR, WFLY and WROW in Albany, NY and at WOBM in Toms River, NJ. Phil is a past President of the Empire State Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He covers the Statehouse and Central Jersey for both WBGO and WHYY in Philadelphia.