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WBGO News' Monica Miller Wins Ippie

The Ippies Awards are given to the ethnic and community press by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. It is the only New York-area competition that recognizes excellence amongst journalists, photographers, graphic artists, editors, and publishers from the ethnic and community media. Since 2002, the awards program has served as a vehicle to honor outstanding work, to promote coalition building within this media sector, and to attract mainstream media attention.

Veteran TV reporter and anchor Connie Chung was the keynote speaker. Errol Lewis from NY1's Inside City Hall was the Master of Ceremonies. The entries were judged by faculty and adjuncts at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, as well as professional journalists. The 2012 competition attracted 240 entries across 10 categories from 46 community and ethnic news organizations.

Errol Louis, Monica Miller, Connie Chung at 2012 Ippie Awards Ceremony
Errol Louis, Monica Miller, Connie Chung at 2012 Ippie Awards Ceremony

The winner of the best use of audio in reporting was Monica Miller, for her story, “Newark Roll Call,” which aired on WBGO on July 29, 2011. In the radio piece, Miller detailed the growing tension between community members and Newark’s police force.

Congratulations, Monica!

WBGO Sweeps Radio Category at NYABJ Awards!

WBGO Jazz 88.3FM swept the Radio Category with First Place honors in General News, Public Affairs and Arts & Entertainment at the 2012 New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) awards ceremony held May 15 at The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in New York. NYABJ recognizes the best in Print, New Media, Radio, Magazine and Television reporting on issues that affect the Black Diaspora.

NYABJ President Michael J. Feeney and presenter with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle
NYABJ President Michael J. Feeney and presenter with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle

The evening opened with a tribute to Gil Nobel, host of Like It Is, lovingly delivered by Eric Tait, whose productions have aired on WBGO in celebration of Black History Month.

Eric Tait with Doug Doyle at the NYABJ dinner 2012
Eric Tait with Doug Doyle at the NYABJ dinner 2012

WBGO received awards in the following categories:

First Place in the Spot General News Radio Category: "Newark Shootings" Reporting from Newark City Hall, WBGO’s Monica Miller spoke with Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Police Director Samuel DeMaio about a targeted shooting spree by drug dealers which left a 15-year-old dead.

First Place in Public Affairs/Radio Category: "Conversation with Allan Wolper - Frank Lucas" Host Allan Wolper had a candid conversation with former Harlem drug king Frank Lucas, who at one time was smuggling massive shipments of pure heroin to the United States from Southeast Asia on military transports. Now, Lucas counsels teenagers to remain in school and stay drug free. Conversations with Allan Wolper airs on WBGO Wednesday nights at 7:30, alternating each month with SportsJam with Doug Doyle.

First Place in Arts & Entertainment/Radio Category: "Ailey Camp Newark" WBGO News Director Doug Doyle reported on the final concert in the inaugural season of Ailey Camp Newark. Through funding of the Prudential Foundation, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater held summer camps in Brick City. Doyle took listeners through a magical night of dance, music, skits and fun at NJPAC in this in-depth feature that aired on the WBGO Journal.

“This year's awards reflect WBGO's commitment to telling stories you don't hear anywhere else. The art of story-telling is a big part of what we do, and listeners are treated to so much more than a sound bite," said News Director Doug Doyle. "We are excited that the WBGO Journal and Conversations with Allan Wolper continue to be recognized by NYABJ, and we will hold these prestigious awards as barometers of the caliber of work that we will continue to present to our listeners."

The WBGO News Department has won more than 60 NYABJ Awards since 1998.

Since its inception in 1976, NYABJ has a legacy of providing professional and moral support to its members, which include reporters, editors, photographers, graphics editors, art directors, public relations professionals, students and academics. This year’s New York awards were judged by NABJ's Dallas Chapter.

WBGO Wins 6 Awards from NY Association of Black Journalists

Congratulations are in order for Doug Doyle, Monica Miller, Lanette Espy, Joseph Capriglione and the rest of the WBGO News team! The New York Association of Black Journalists recently gave out six awards to the WBGO News Department. Of the six, they received three first-place awards, more than any other radio station in the New York metropolitan area.  NYABJ recognizes the best in Print, New Media, Radio, Magazine and Television reporting of issues that affect the Black Diaspora.

[caption id="attachment_5097" align="aligncenter" width="534" caption="WBGO's award-winning reporters with Programming Director Thurston Briscoe (center)"]From left to right: Doug Doyle, Monica Miller, Thurston Briscoe, Lanette Espy, Joseph Capriglione[/caption]

News and sports programming is delivered on weekdays through regularly scheduled news updates and through a series of weekly and monthly programs delivered on air and through podcasts including The WBGO Journal which airs Friday evenings at 7:30 pm.

“WBGO News takes great pride in telling many of the overlooked stories that affect all of our listeners including those impacting the African-American community.  We’re thrilled NYABJ continues to recognize so many different kinds of reporting, many of them showcased in our public affairs program, The WBGO Journal,” said News Director Doug Doyle. <!--more-->

Please Take Action to Support Public Broadcasting

In 2010, Americans rated public broadcasting as an “excellent” use of taxpayer dollars, second only to defense spending. 80% of those polled said funding for public broadcasting is money “well spent.” *


Federal funding is the “lifeblood” of public broadcasting, providing critical seed money and basic operating support to local stations, which then leverage each $1 of federal funding to raise over $6 from local sources -- a tremendous return on the taxpayer investment.  Federal funding provides the margin of revenue needed by local stations to produce quality local programs and to make a market for national producers.

Federal funding provides essential support for public broadcasting’s mission to ensure universal access to high-quality non-commercial programming that educates, informs, enlightens, and enriches the public, with a particular focus on the needs of underserved audiences, including children and minorities.  This is particularly true for WBGO which uses this funding to ensure that we have adequate staff and other critical support for the New York/New Jersey market’s only full time jazz radio station.

Congressional efforts to eliminate federal funding are likely to begin this week with the House's consideration of legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year. The Continuing Resolution (CR), approved during last fall's lame duck session, expires on March 4th.  We expect the House Appropriations Committee will recommend a CR extension that includes a provision eliminating all funding for public broadcasting.

Please act today to send a clear message to Congress: Funding for public broadcasting is too important to eliminate.   Click here to send a letter to your Representative.

*2010 Roper Opinion Poll

Dee Dee at the White House


"AHHHH! The President said he has my music in his iPod!

As if that wasn't enough, I met Barbra Streisand!!!!"

JazzSet Host Dee Dee Bridgewater Receives NAACP Nomination

DDBCongratulations are in order for Dee Dee Bridgewater, a longtime friend to WBGO and host of JazzSet for many years.

In addition to a recent Grammy nomination, Ms. Bridgewater's latest CD, Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee, has been nominated for an Image Award from the NAACP for Outstanding Jazz Album.

Fox will broadcast the awards show on March 4 at 8 p.m. -- in the meantime, tune in on Sunday and Wednesday evenings to hear JazzSet on your radio, or listen online to the latest edition (or browse the archives.)

From all of us at WBGO: Good luck, Dee Dee!

When MB Met Fred

The Brooklyn Museum is showing a retrospective of artist Fred Tomaselli now through January 2nd. Tomaselli’s work involves a collage of mixed media: painting, photographs, and a variety of images that have become Tomaselli signatures. Birds. Bugs. Leaves. Beads. Even actual pills that he sticks onto the pieces. One of his most amusing works shows a colossal baby trampling a cityscape like Godzilla. It’s Tomaselli’s son, and as you look closer you see that the cityscape is actually a jumble of toys. One of his most spectacular pieces shows Adam and Eve driven out from a burst of eyes and teeth and creatures, a Big Bang of life’s miscellany. He’s also done works that look like intimate close-ups of chemical elements or human cells. Microcosms. Macrocosms. And sometimes both all at once. I talked with Fred Tomaselli at his Brooklyn studio for the 11/12/10 WBGO Journal. You can hear the entire interview as a web extra, and you can see here a slideshow of Tomaselli’s works in the show at the Brooklyn Museum.

-Michael Bourne

Newark’s Jazz Club Scene: An Aural History Project from WBGO News

Do you remember the Playbill, the Cadillac Club? How about the Key Club or Sparky J’s? Do you know someone, a friend, a parent, a grandparent who used to hang out in Newark’s jazz scene back during the heyday?

WBGO News is looking for first-hand stories of Newark’s rich jazz history to capture as part of a new aural history project. We’re looking for remembrances from those times. What did the places look like, smell like, feel like, etc. Why were they so much fun during that time? What made the jazz clubs the place to be. What did they like about them. What performers did they see there? What songs got people moving? Did they perhaps meet their future spouse at a club?

We’re looking to interview people who have stories to tell about this aspect of Newark’s rich cultural heritage. You can reach us at, or you can get in touch with news director Doug Doyle at 973-624-8880, ext. 264.

The Dollars and Sense of Blackness

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Umbria Jazz Fest line-up announced .. link to the JazzSet Summer Festival Calendar

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Allan Harris sang and hosts from the Umbria Festival -- July 9-18 in Perugia, Italy -- announced the schedule at a press party in NY on Monday evening. Harris, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Manhattan Transfer, Melody Gardot, Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani and many other artists are on the Umbria line-up.  To savor dates and details, click here and check out the the JazzSet Festival Calendar.