Ask Governor Murphy

How is Governor Phil Murphy doing? Did you vote in the November election?  We want to hear from you tonight when the next edition of Ask Governor Murphy which airs this evening November 13 on WBGO at 7pm.

Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Community FoodBank of New Jersey

This coming Wednesday September 25, WBGO partners with United Way of Greater Newark and Community FoodBank of New Jersey to put a dent into food insecurity in our area.

For every $60 pledge of support to WBGO, the partners are able to purchase nutritious food for a family backpack.

WBGO News Director Doug Doyle spoke recently with Carlos M. Rodriguez, President and CEO of Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Catherine Wilson, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Newark.

Click above to hear the entire interview about what you can do to help this Wednesday.

Ask Governor Murphy

What do you think about the Newark water crisis? As chair-elect of the Democratic Governor's Association, what can Governor Murphy do to stop the mass shootings across the country? Do you think the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford going to be a positive move?  These are some of the topics that we'll address tomorrow night (Wednesday August 14) during the next edition of Ask Governor Murphy airs on WBGO at 8pm.

Host Nancy Solomon and Governor Murphy will be in the WBGO studios taking your phone calls and social media questions.

Rhonda Hamilton

Walter Wade worked for WBGO for more than 20 years, several of them as host of the popular Filet of Soul program.

Wade remembers listening to his eventual radio colleague Rhonda Hamilton early in her career when she hosted an evening program on Jazz 88 called Ancestral Streams.

Lesley Karsten

Astor Piazzolla wrote and performed some of the most affecting music of the 20th Century - rooted in the tango tradition but expanded and renewed by elements from European classical music, klezmer, and jazz. As a result, what was once dance music in Buenos Aires has become, reimagined by Piazzolla, part of the repertoire of chamber groups and symphonic orchestras around the world. 

Marcellis Counts
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Andreas, The Boy Who Imagines is a new children's book that teaches youth how to dream again without needing technology.

It’s the first published work of Jersey City author and songwriter Jeraco Rivers. Rivers says his two-year old son sparked his desire to write “Andreas the Boy Who Imagines”.  In the book,  a youngster uses a special gift to help his single mother get through some difficult times.

Rivers recently sat down with WBGO Media Fellow Marcellis Counts to talk about his message.

Dr. John

The music world lost one of its unique performers this week with the passing of New Orleans legendary pianist Dr. John.


Friday, May 12 is the deadline for applications for the New Voices Engagement Fellow. WBGO in partnership with the Free Press look to retain a News Voices Engagement Fellow for a pilot project that has been funded for one year.

The position is a full-time, salaried, exempt, fixed term for 12 months from date of hire.

Two River Theater for WBGO

Oo-Bla-Dee runs from June 8 through June 30 at Two River Theater in Red Bank.  This Wednesday May 8 at 7pm at Two River, WBGO's Doug Doyle will host a live panel discussion with Ruben Santiago Hudson, Regina Taylor and Diedre L. Murray

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Since WBGO’s inception, Mid-day Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton has been at the radio station.  A key part to WBGO’s success over the last 40 years.  

Click above to hear the entire conversation.  

Brian Delp
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Jazz After Hours host Brian Delp has been entertaining listeners around the world on WBGO for more than 23 years.  Brian sat down with News Director Doug Doyle to talk about his favorite moments and why WBGO is so special to him.

Click above to hear the entire conversation.

Gary Walker
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WBGO celebrated its 40th birthday this past Wednesday.  WBGO's Alexandra Hill chats with the "Morning Maestro" Gary Walker who has been hosting programs on the greatest jazz station in the world for more than 37 of those amazing years.

Click above to hear his thoughts about the station's milestone.

Ask Governor Murphy

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy is tonight (April 10) at 8pm on WBGO.  Governor Murphy and host Nancy Solomon will be taking your phone calls and social media questions about such topics as marijuana, wind power, Superstorm Sandy relief and NJ Transit.

The radio and higher education worlds are mourning the loss of Richard Hinchliffe of Glen Ridge, New Jersey.  Hinchliffe passed away earlier this month from glioblastoma.  He was 68.

Dick Hinchliffe had a distinguished career in journalism.  He was the former News Director at WNYC and worked for Bloomberg Radio and the Associated Press during his broadcasting career.  You may remember hearing Dick anchoring some newscasts right here at WBGO in 2010 and 2011.

Carmen Balentine
Carmen Balentine for WBGO News

Former WBGO employee Carmen Balentine is running his first NYC Marathon this Sunday, November 4th.

Balentine now works as a Major Gifts Officer at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research in New York City.  He came into the WBGO studios to talk to News Director Doug Doyle about his training and passion.  Balentine is running in support of the New York Urban League.

Balentine says his goal is to simply cross the finish line.

Balentine is also a big music fan who loves to dance.

Click above to hear the entire interview.

Carlos Rodriguez
Alexandra Hill for WBGO News

This coming Wednesday will be another opportunity for WBGO listeners to support their public radio station while helping others in need. 

WBGO is partnering with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and Stop & Shop to help provide "family packs" of food for the hungry in the area. 

Carlos Rodriguez, President and CEO of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey chats with WBGO's Doug Doyle about the partnership and the hunger issue in New Jersey.

You will be able to help by calling 1-800-499-9246 or making a pledge at www.wbgo.org/support.

Ang Santos / WBGO

The third edition of Ask Governor Murphy aired Monday night on WBGO in Newark, WHYY in Philadelphia and WNYC in New York City.

Ask Governor Murphy is hosted by Nancy Solomon is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.  Murphy discussed the latest developments with NJ Transit, college affordability, and other topics on the minds of Garden State residents.

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy will air on Monday, November 19 at 7PM. Add to your calendar now:

Ask Governor Murphy

The second edition of Ask Governor Murphy aired Monday night on WBGO in Newark, WHYY in Philadelphia and WNYC in New York City.

Ask Governor Murphy hosted by Nancy Solomon is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.

Eric Jackson

The Dean of Boston Jazz Radio, WGBH's Eric Jackson and WBGO's midday host Rhonda Hamilton have known each other for many years.

WGBH is celebrating Erick Jackson's 40th anniversary at that public radio station in Boston with a series of events and honors.  Who better to chat with Eric than Rhonda Hamilton?  Hamilton is nearing her 40th year at Newark's jazz institution WBGO.

Click above to hear their conversation.


New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy makes his Ask Governor Murphy debut.

The one-hour call-in show is produced by WBGO News, in collaboration with WHYY and WNYC. 

The governor and host Nancy Solomon  of WNYC, discuss everything from medical marijuana, to taxes climate change, and gun violence in schools.

Governor Murphy is also joined by special guest Matt Arco, Statehouse reporter for NJ Advance Media. 

Do you have a question for New Jersey's Governor?

WBGO News, in collaboration with WHYY and WNYC, will present Ask Governor Murphy, a one-hour call-in show with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

Our first show airs Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. The show will be broadcast on WBGO and hosted by WNYC’s Nancy Solomon.

Submit your question in advance at AskGovMurphy.org, or tweet us with the hashtag #askgovmurphy.

The call-in number for Ask Governor Murphy is 844-677-9283.

Eli Yamin
Doug Doyle for WBGO

What a treat for you this Saturday at the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert at Newark Symphony Hall.  Not only will the one-hour event be hosted by WBGO's Gary Walker, but it will feature the work of jazz and blues pianist, composer, singer producer and educator Eli Yamin.

Yamin remembers when he was a teen he worked for WBGO and couldn't resist playing the piano in the station's performance studio.  That same piano is still there today.

Yamin will be joined by many terrific performers including singer and educator Antoinette Montague of Newark. 

Welcome to the new WBGO.org! Our site is now more flexible than ever, so you can enjoy listening to the music you love and reading our coverage on any device.

We’re excited to introduce a strong new editorial focus, with in-depth features, news, artist interviews and more. There’ll be something new here every day.

The Global Tech Braintrust that is TWIT

Jan 9, 2017
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Imagine hundreds of hard core geeks from around the world in one room, sitting at computers, ready, willing and able to help solve your tech problems.  This global brain trust does exist in cyberspace.  It's a chat room for a tech-focused podcast network known as TWIT.  TWIT is based in Northern California.