WBGO Blog
  • 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:

    WHERE ARE YOU?

    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-

    Japan.

    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

  • goin' globalFEST

    January 10, 2008. Posted by .

    This is the fifth annual globalFEST, held as part of the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters convention in NYC. It attracts a mix of music industry types and diggers of global music. This year, it's 12 acts on three stages, including

    Lo Cor de la Plana, from Marseille; Gypsy rockers Little Cow, from Budapest; Puerto Plata, the 84-year-old Dominican Sonero and Brooklyn's own Pistolera, who I especially dig.

    Here's a clip of their song Cazador (Hunter), a song about the Minutemen "border guards," which will give you an idea of where the (mostly) ladies are coming from.

    (Sample lyric: Dicen que están protegiendo la tierra contra ilegales. Pero cómo? si esta misma tierra fue robada al mexicano?/They say they are protecting the country from the illegals But how, if this same land was stolen from the Mexicans?)

     

    globalFEST is Sunday, January 13th at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, NYC. First set at 7:00pm.

  • Welcome

    December 27, 2007. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Welcome to WBGO's newest addition - our very own blog. We were planning to start this project on January 1st, but frankly, we're just too excited. So why wait?

    Keep visiting this space to learn more about the people that drive this broadcast bus each and every day. We'll talk jazz, culture, and whatever else comes to mind. And if you like what you see, you can subscribe to the blog, as you would a magazine. Best part? It's free.

    We're very excited to present this new way of communicating to our listeners, our friends, our members, and to those of you who are none of the above.

    Whatever your status, we simply say "Welcome," just like one of my favorite Coltrane pieces...

    Josh Jackson