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WBGO Mission, Vision & Core Values

Dancing at the WBGO Champions of Jazz event, Come Sunday host Lezlie Harrison, Matthew Whittaker performs WBGO's 40th birthday concert in Newark

WBGO 88.3 FM / Newark Public Radio is a non-profit, publicly funded arts and cultural institution, dedicated to the curation, presentation, and preservation of music created out of the African American experience. We are committed to providing our community with independently produced music programming and journalism for the purpose of public enrichment, entertainment, and insight.

WBGO announcers: Rob Crocker, Pat Prescott, Brian Delp

WBGO accomplishes its mission through:

  • Creating and distributing relevant audio, video, and editorial content that reflects honesty, complexity, and exceptional quality.
  • Developing diverse and equitable platforms for presentation, discovery, and expression.
  • Actively engaging with our audience and supporters to convey a dynamic representation of the communities in which we live and work.
  • Providing a diverse and inclusive workplace with a foundation of integrity and equality.



A commitment to ensuring that our content, facilities, and technology assets are accessible to everyone, regardless of background or geographical disposition.

To be an active participant in the success of our organization with an understanding of our role within communities and cultures, in Newark and around the world.

A determination to follow the “road ahead” and seek opportunities for growth, enrichment, and discovery.

A recognition of the rights of all individuals with mutual respect, and acceptance of others without ethnic, cultural, and philosophical biases or bigotry.

A commitment to presenting our best work, and creating an environment that supports best practices.

A pledge to cultivate and reflect diverse perspectives, heritages, and experiences.

Placing a premium on honesty, clarity, independence and social responsibility in our work and workplace.

Newark Public Radio takes the following measures to ensure the accessibility of WBGO.org:

* Include accessibility as part of our mission statement.

* Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) define requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. Newark Public Radio is currently working to meet the minimum standards of accessibility on WBGO.org.

WBGO.org is partially conformant. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard.

Newark Public Radio uses a self-evaluation approach to assess the accessibility of WBGO.org.

We welcome individuals using our websites to contact us at content@wbgo.org if they encounter any accessibility issues.
We will attempt to respond within two business days.