WBGO Blog
  • It's Election Day, Get Out And Vote!

    November 4, 2008. Posted by Andrew Meyer.

    Election Day, 2008

    Usually, going to vote at my polling station in Glen Ridge doesn't take a whole lot of time, a matter of minutes. It's an in and out affair. This morning, it was a very different story.

     Election Day, Linden Ave School

    From the time I walked in the door at the Linden Ave School, it took me a half hour! Everyone seemed good-natured about the wait, which I was told by poll workers had been as long as 45 mintues earlier. All I can say is it's great to see so many people getting out and taking care of their civic duty! 

    Looking for the latest information on the elections? You can find it on our website.  Also tune in tonight beginning at 8pm as WBGO and NPR bring you wall-to-wall coverage of the results of Election 2008!

    Andrew Meyer

  • Dinah Washington at Newport 1958

    August 9, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    The Newport Jazz Festival, the king of American music festivals, starts today. Tune in to our broadcast from the 54th Annual Newport Jazz Festival starting tomorrow at 11:30am. In the meantime, enjoy a 50 year old timeless performance from the Queen, Dinah Washington.

  • A TRIP TO LOST JERSEY AND ELLIS ISLAND'S FORGOTTEN SIDE

    July 31, 2008. Posted by Andrew Meyer.

     When you hop on the ferry to visit Ellis Island, you get a taste of America's immigrant roots. 

     Ellis Island Main Building

    However, only a fraction of the island is open to the public. 

     Ellis Island hospital complex

    The vast hospital complex which covers the south side of Ellis Island has been abandonned for about 50 years and is off-limits to the public, but that's going to be changing. 

    connecting hallway

    Efforts are underway to stabilize and restore these buildings. 

    After an initial trip with a group of Jersey lawmakers six years ago, I had a chance to go back recently to check on the progress that's been made in preserving not only the buildings but the history that goes with them. What I found can be heard in the next feature in WBGO News' Lost Jersey series, which airs on our next WBGO Journal, Friday, August 1 at 7:30pm.

    Andrew Meyer