• WBGO Celebrates Rosa Parks

    December 1, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    60 years ago today, on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Following her arrest, a 381 day bus boycott began. The boycott brought a focal point to the Civil Rights movement, and a young pastor, Marin Luther King, Jr. emerged as a national leader in the wake of the action.

    Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. - Creative Commons License
    Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. - Creative Commons License

    Rosa Parks' visit to East Orange, New Jersey school covered on WBGO Journal (1999)

  • Giving Tuesday is here!

    December 1, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    December 2, 2014
    December 1, 2015


    #GivingTuesday 2015 is here, and once again this year, WBGO is on board!

    Why #GivingTuesday? There were already Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, and 92Y wanted to use the same kind of rallying point that the retail industry had used to drive sales, but direct it toward giving back. Tuesday was "available," so they grabbed it, and set about turning the idea into a reality, and creating an "opening day" for the giving season.

    Last year, more than 27,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out and give this December 1.

    We hope that you will consider supporting WBGO on Giving Tuesday, and to that end, our members have contributed to match $1 for every $2 pledged that day. Listener support is the most reliable funding source for the station, and any amount is welcome. PLEDGE NOW!


    We also encourage you to post “unselfies” – photos of yourself doing volunteer work (for WBGO or another organization) or with messages of giving. Please feel free to post them to WBGO’s social media pages: @WBGOjazz on Facebook and @WBGO on Twitter.

    And WBGO gives back too - remember to contribute new and clean used coats for children and adults, for our 8th Annual Coat Drive, starts TODAY!

  • WBGO Thanksgiving Blues Poll

    November 28, 2015. Posted by David Tallacksen.


    to all of you who voted ...
    to all of you who listen ...
    to all of you who contribute so you can keep on listening ...

    This year's Thanksgiving Blues Hour Poll was better than ever. Listeners voted for 93 favorite blues artists, and 4 were neck and neck and neck and neck. Muddy Waters and B.B. King as usual were back and forth #1 until the last ballots, but this year Howlin' Wolf and Etta James were alongside them. Muddy finally was #1 by 3 votes over BB. BB was ONE vote ahead of Etta. Here's the outcome:

    1) Muddy Waters
    2) BB King
    3) Etta James
    4) tie: Howlin' Wolf and Stevie Ray Vaughan
    6) tie: Albert King and Buddy Guy

    They're all played pretty much every week in the #BluesHour -- 3PM Monday-Friday on WBGO Jazz 88.3 and wbgo.org ...
    And again, "Every Day We Have The Blues" because of your support ... so, again, THANKS!!!!