• Yes We Can/Si Se Puede

    February 4, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    On the eve of Super Tuesday, y'all...


    The views expressed in this post, whether directly or indirectly perceived, represent no one in particular.
    No matter what candidate you believe in, make it count tomorrow.
    It's democracy. You can vote. Yes you can.

  • Notes From the House Geek

    February 4, 2008. Posted by Amy Niles.

    I wear the title proudly. I wear a lot of hats here at WBGO- but this is my favorite one. While I am overseeing a number of the activities here at WBGO, I am sitting in my cold dark office ( no, they don't keep me in the fruit cellar!) and pouring over stats. Man, I love this stuff. Trying to understand more about our listeners and what they like ( don't ever be shy about telling us). Finding stats for our dynamic underwriting duo to use with potential sponsors ( they are one of the components along with your membership that keeps this station on the air and on the web). Just loving the fact that this station has grown from a signal in the Newark Public Schools and has expanded to include YOU- where ever you are in the world!

    I thought that I would share my new fascination:


    We have all kinds of tools that tell us and I am obsessed with this stuff!

    Don't worry, we don't know exactly where you are. We are not going to come and visit like the Publishers Clearinghouse guys ( sorry to disappoint you!). We can only tell kinda sorta where you are- the country, state and city. Nothing creepy. We could speak in just about any language and someone in our audience would understand the words that we were saying- but you ALL understand the music.

    Did you know that the majority of you who listen online are in our terrestrial listening area?

    4 of you were listening from Botswana yesterday. And 4 from the Virgin Islands.

    5.1% of our US online audience yesterday was from California. And 2.6% came from Florida.

    OK, so now guess. Number one place outside of the US where people were listening-


    Who are all of you? Are you expats? How did you find WBGO? Are you members ( ok, so shoot me, I had to ask!)? Share something with the rest of us about what turns you on about this music. I am going to Japan in March- where should I go to hear jazz in Tokyo?

    Bottom line, you are a part of a great community, a party that goes where ever you do, whenever you want us. Thanks for joining us! And if you ever find yourself in Newark, feel free to come and visit us- we love having you.

    Amy- The House Geek

  • Smurfin' the Web

    January 14, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Chick Corea Smurf Cover

    Yeah, that's really the cover of a Chick Corea record. As if The Leprechaun and The Mad Hatter weren't enough...

    I just read that the Smurfs, the lovable band of blue forest denizens who lived in mushroom houses, are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. Belgian Pierre Culliford (aka "Peyo"), a projectionist turned comic artist, introduced the original blue man group in a 1958 comic strip, a story of Johan & Peewit in "Le Journal de Spirou". I, however, remember them very fondly from my TV-heavy childhood. At that time, I thought Gargamel and Asrial (meow) were a lot cooler. Expect a Smurf Tour later this year (yes, really), plus new comics and DVDs of the television series. "La - la - la la - la la, sing a happy song ..."


    "La - la - la la - la la, Smurf the whole day long ..."
    -Josh Jackson

  • Sweet Victory - LSU Captures the BCS

    January 8, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Geaux Tigers

    This has nothing to do with jazz, and everything to do with football. When you grow up in the South, SEC football is king. And when you grow up in Louisiana, there's only one team you care about - the LSU Tigers. The Bayou Bengals, as we called them "down the bayou."

    LSU 38, Ohio State 24. That's the final word on one of the craziest seasons in college football I've seen. I know there are gonna be some haters out there (USC, UGA, KU and Missouri fans, particularly), but I'm convinced that the Tigers are the top team in the nation.

    After the first six minutes of the BCS game, I wasn't so sure. OSU scored ten points quickly, and they looked ready to play. LSU proceeded to score 31 unanswered points, and the die was cast.

    Apologies to WBGO News Director Doug Doyle, who lost his football pool when the combined team score surpassed 40 points. Helmets off to LSU special teams play, and to DT Glenn Dorsey, a class act who will surely go in the top five of the NFL draft.

    Final stat - LSU is the only team to have won two BCS Championship trophies. Geaux Tigers. - Josh

    PS It's almost 2am. I'm going to pay for this later. My flight to IAJE in Toronto leaves in 4 hours.

  • The (Stupid) Things We Do For Music

    January 3, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Sometimes, but not often, my penchant for thrift outweighs my basic need for self-preservation.  Today was a perfect example.

    Pianist Jason Lindner is visiting the WBGO performance studio this afternoon to record a session with his Now vs. Now band (Avishai Cohen, Panagiotis Andreou, Mark Guiliana, and Baba Israel).  This is their first studio recording.  Everyone but the drummer is using electronic processing, which means we need direct boxes to record them.  Seven of them.  WBGO owns two, and one is broken.  That's the background story.

    It's 14 degrees in New York this morning, with a wind chill near zero.  Zed.  Nil. Cold enough to freeze the breath from my nose onto my facial hair.

    We typically rent whatever instrument equipment (like direct boxes and extra instrument cables) from Carroll Music.  They're at 625 55th Street, between 11th Avenue and the Hudson River.  Which is nowhere near public transportation.  So after a nice trek from Columbus Circle, I was hurting from the wind shear coming off the Hudson.  I arrive, only to pick up a giant metal case with our equipment weighing approximately 45 pounds.  No wheels.  Sweet.

    After I schlepp everything back 58th Street, I walk into the subway entrance. I wobble past the NYPD as they're checking some poor guy's briefcase (but never consider stopping me, a very large man in black with a sizable case that I'm clearly struggling to tote).

    Long story short.  I'm in Newark.  I saved 150 bucks in cartage costs.  Well, 75 bucks so far.  And I have some killer forearms now.

    Hope the music's good!