Brandy Wood

Marketing Manager

In her time as Marketing Manager for “the galaxy’s greatest jazz station” (Tim Heffernan, Esquire), Brandy has overseen a rebranding of the NPR affiliate, created a social media presence for the organization and partnered with event producers, venues and other media outlets to help strengthen connections with longtime listeners as well as reach out to new audiences.

Her background in jazz includes working for George Wein’s Festival Productions, Inc. and graduating from New York University with a degree in jazz performance. She performed as bassist with the (then) Virgin Records group Cracker, has been a Gallien Kruger endorsed artist and currently lives in Washington Heights with her husband and twin daughters.

Ways to Connect

We have seen a tremendous outpouring after the passing of Aretha Franklin from our listeners, as evidenced in the Tweets below.

We'd like to hear YOUR Aretha Franklin story. Fill out this form, and let us know how her music and her life inspired, impacted or intersected with your life.

Newark, NJ – The next "Ask Governor Murphy” program, the statewide, live call-in show produced by public radio stations WBGO in Newark, WHYY in Philadelphia, and WNYC in New York, is scheduled to air on Monday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. Additional shows in 2018 will air on Monday, September 17 at 8:00 p.m. and Monday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. The show is hosted by the Peabody-Award winning journalist Nancy Solomon, New Jersey managing editor for WNYC, and is broadcast live from the WBGO studios in Newark.


Jan 17, 2018

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There's much to celebrate on WBGO this holiday season. We have two great Take Five editions (December 11 and December 18) filled with holiday music, plus the ongoing blend of year round music with the seasonal classics and unexpected renditions on 88.3Fm and our stream.

WBGO's 8th Annual Coat Drive begins Tuesday, November, 28, 2017! This year, we once again launching on #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving.
Donate your clean, new or used coats for infants, children or adults in need this winter. Drop off locations and times are:11/28/17 through 1/15/2018: 

WBGO: Monday - Friday, 10AM – 4PM
54 Park Place, Newark, NJ 

Christoffers Flowers: Monday - Saturday, 9AM – 5PM
860 Mountain Avenue
Mountainside, NJ

Giving Tuesday

Nov 15, 2017

WBGO gives thanks every day for the music, and for you! Because when you make the investment in WBGO by becoming a member, you choose to support our music's past, present and future. The music discovery and community building WBGO provides only happens with your support.

Each year, Michael Bourne asks listeners of The Blues Break to send him their favorite artists. While there's been a fierce competition for first place between two blues giants, maybe 2017 will be the year of the upset.

The poll is now closed. Tune in on November 21, 22 & 23 during The Blues Break (2-4pm) to hear the results.

Holyrood Church
Brandy Wood for WBGO

Amanda Morales Guerra has spent the last two months inside the Holyrood Church in Washington Heights. Community members ferry her children back and forth to school. Volunteers come in several times each week to teach her English. Earlier this month, Amanda came out to the steps of the church to greet a group from a local synagogue. She could not venture further, for fear of deportation and separation from her family.

WBGO is a proud partner of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival at NJPAC in Newark. We are thrilled to present two member events on Sunday, November 12 on the final day of the festival.

Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal CompetitionNJPAC
Sunday, November 12, 3PM
Member Price: $40
Call 973.624.8880 ext 232 for tickets. Supply is limited. 

Join us for a wonderful fall afternoon of Jazz. WBGO Members will enjoy premium seating and a post-show reception.   

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7:00-8:00 p.m., WBGO will co-host and broadcast one of just two public debates between the Republican and Democratic candidates competing to be the state’s next governor, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy (D) and New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R).

The WBGO News Team won seven national and four state awards over the weekend!  

WBGO won a total of seven awards, including four first place, in PRNDI's (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) Division "C" category for newsrooms with 3 full-timers or less. The goal of the PRNDI awards is to honor the best in local public radio. This year's annual PRNDI Awards Banquet was held in Florida Saturday night.  More than 200 journalists attended the conference in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.