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WBGO Journal
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Hosted by Doug Doyle The WBGO Journal is an award-winning half-hour news magazine that airs Saturdays at 6 am. Reports and analysis, informative interviews and features.
 
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SportsJam
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SportsJam navigates the synergy between sports and jazz, featuring revealing interviews with both sports pros and musicians alike. Hosted by WBGO's News and Sports Director Doug Doyle, the show has received national and state awards from PRNDI, NYABJ and the Associated Press. Doug has been covering local sports in New Jersey for more than 30 years. The Pennsylvania State University grad was a starter on Franklin Regional's high school baseball and basketball teams in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.
 
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The Checkout
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Music and interviews featuring cutting edge artists from around the world.
 
Live music from the premiere jazz club in New York City, from WBGO.
 
Hosted by Allan Wolper Audio biographies of people whose lives and ideas are on the cutting edge. Host Allan Wolper is a “journalist’s journalist.” A superb interviewer, radio and television producer, ethics columnist, magazine and newspaper writer, he has been honored by every journalism medium. Wolper has won more than 50 awards, including television’s Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award – the Pulitzer Prize of Broadcast news. Wolper is professor emeritus of Journalism from Rutgers ...
 
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Hosted by NJTV's Michael Hill Newark Today is a monthly program focusing on social, economic and political topics. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is a regular guest. Newark Today is broadcast the third Thursday of every month. Our call-in number is 844-677-9283. You can also contact us on the Newark Today Facebook Page or on Twitter @NewarkToday.
 
A special series on Jazz music and its impact on social change
 
A free podcast of funny, strange and heartwarming stories about individuals with special needs from around the world, presented by The Drive for Rebecca.Please send your stories to:stories@DriveForRebecca.org
 
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In his new play ( A ) loft Modulation , playwright James Jorsling brings to life 821 Sixth Avenue as it was during the 1950s and '60s, a time when musicians and others would be up until the wee hours. Jorsling takes us to a dilapidated five-floor walk-up loft in Manhattan's seedy flower district. It's there where the magic happens. Inspired by ...…
 
‘WELCOME TO JAZZ: A Swing-Along Celebration of America’s Music’ is authored by educator Carolyn Sloan. The story of three young cats that visit a jazz club in New Orleans. “It’s a little bit of an inside joke since musicians are usually the cats but here, we have cats watching humans. We sort of flipped it on its head there,” Sloan said. The ch ...…
 
Improving attendance in all Newark Public Schools is a major part of superintendent Roger Leon’s plan to bring up grades across the district. And while an elementary school has the best overall attendance with around 97 percent of students, Leon is challenging high school kids to match that goal. “On standardized achievement, in classroom work, ...…
 
Michael Bapis has used his sports background to help him give financial advice to many professional athletes and entertainers. He's the Managing Director for Vios Advisors, the wealth management firm that is part of Rockefeller Capital Management. Vios Advisors specializes in working with high-net-worth individuals and families, preserving and ...…
 
Not only is more and more theatre happening off Broadway, more new theaters also have opened. Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews The Wrong Man , a musical about a man wrongly convicted, and (A)loft Modulation, a play with jazz. Click above to hear both reviews.By Michael Bourne.
 
Pain and Glory is writer-director Pedro Almodóvar’s 21st film in a career spanning nearly 40 years. I caught it at this year’s resplendent Toronto film Festival, but it touched down briefly at the ongoing 57th NY Film Festival, which ends this weekend after 17 days with a reprise of some of the festival’s 40 films. There’s always been something ...…
 
Last night's Ask Governor Murphy call-in show on WBGO covered a range of topics including lead in the drinking water, vaping, the Meadowlands power plant and NJ Transit. WBGO News Director Doug Doyle filled in for regular host Nancy Solomon of WNYC. Ask Governor Murphy is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC in New York and WHYY in ...…
 
Newark’s Black Media Story Summit follows a similar event at Google’s New York headquarters last year. “This is our second regional summit,” said Gregory Warren, Black Media Story Summit regional program director. “Some of the challenges are the same, funding, distribution, there’s a need for platforms specifically dealing with that black conte ...…
 
It may come as a surprise to some Garden Staters that there is an election this year. In the General Assembly, all 80 seats are up for grabs, and there is one special state Senate election in South Jersey on Nov. 5. New Jersey is one of just five states that hold elections for statewide office in odd-numbered years. To understand why you have t ...…
 
NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is probably the most decorated athlete in history, dominating during his high school days, his amazing 3-time championship career at UCLA and his 20-year, six championship NBA career. Now Goldin Auctions is offering 48 items from Kareem Abdul Jabbar's personal collection. Kareem and Frank Dinote, controller ...…
 
NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is probably the most decorated athlete in history, dominating during his high school days, his amazing 3-time championship career at UCLA and his 20-year, six championship NBA career. Now Goldin Auctions is offering 48 items from Kareem Abdul Jabbar's personal collection. Kareem and Frank Dinote, controller ...…
 
Sunday, a play off-Broadway by Jack Thorne, is running at the Atlantic Theater Company. Theater critic Michael Bourn says while Broadway shows are already opening for the holidays, he's been spending several week mostly OFF-Broadway. Click above to hear Michael's review of Sunday.By Michael Bourne.
 
Late last month, a new sculpture was unveiled in Times Square. Entitled ”Rumors of War,” the latest work by the African-American artist Kehinde Wiley. is a response to the many monuments honoring Confederate war heroes in Richmond, Virginia. WBGO's Jon Kalish was on hand for the unveiling and filed this report. Click above to hear the feature.…
 
Cyrano , written by Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers, is an adaptation from the famous play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. Cyrano is directed by Meredith McDonough and is a co-production with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. One of the stars of Cyrano, Chris Thorn, has been a part of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in the pas ...…
 
We know Justin Stanton as one of the original members of Snarky Puppy, a band that thrives in a state of constant collaboration. But this trumpeter and keyboardist considers it important to find moments for himself, looking inward as a composer — as on his debut album, Secret Place . “Music is a very social thing and certainly in Snarky Puppy, ...…
 
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the North Carolina Arts Council, the N.C. African American Heritage Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced this week that more than $60,000 has been raised during the North Carolina Year of Music to benefit the rehabilitation and preservation of Nina Simone’s ...…
 
When Dr. Marcheta (pronounced Mar-KEET-ah) Evans became the new President of Bloomfield College in June, students say they immediately noticed an energy and commitment to them. Dr. Evans is the first woman and first African American president of Bloomfield College in the school's 150-year history. Dr. Evans, who served as provost and vice presi ...…
 
This past Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. WBGO’s Brit Harley caught up with a local organization in Newark that’s trying to help the community while getting out important voter information. Cases of bottled water are being loaded onto the carts of Newark residents in Lincoln Park…near Clinton Avenue…it’s the latest effort by Projec ...…
 
As the French multi-instrumentalist known as FKJ boarded a plane early this year, he turned to his manager, Kate Cudbertson, and asked: “Why are we going to Bolivia, again?” The huge risk of filming a remote concert at Salar de Uyuni — the world’s largest salt flat, high in the Andes — was starting to sink in. But they both knew they might be o ...…
 
The National Lacrosse League (NLL), the largest men’s professional lacrosse league, is preparing for another thrilling season with a new Deputy Commissioner and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs. Jessica Berman becomes the first woman to hold the title of Deputy Commissioner at any professional sports league in North America . Berman ...…
 
The National Lacrosse League (NLL), the largest men’s professional lacrosse league, is preparing for another thrilling season with a new Deputy Commissioner and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs. Jessica Berman becomes the first woman to hold the title of Deputy Commissioner at any professional sports league in North America . Berman ...…
 
Following in the porch steps of many other cities across the country, the first annual Newark Porchfest makes its debut this Saturday, Sept. 28. Newark Porchest will showcase professional and amateur artists and turn neighborhood porches in the Forest Hill Historic District into stages and galleries. Dan Zanella, senior event producer for Newar ...…
 
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. Rod ...…
 
Samora Pinderhughes lives in a constant state of metamorphosis. Five years after his Transformation Suite , this brilliant pianist and singer-songwriter is ready to burst out of his latest cocoon with Venus . Pinderhughes says the name refers not to the planet but rather a line from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet — “Venus smiles not in the hous ...…
 
BETRAYAL is the story of an illicit affair that unfolds in reverse—from the end of a marriage to the first forbidden spark. Starring Golden Globe and Olivier Award winner Tom Hiddleston ( The Avengers ), Zawe Ashton ( Velvet Buzzsaw ) and Charlie Cox ( Daredevil ), this stunning production features the daring vision of one of the UK’s most accl ...…
 
What does our music sound like now? We mean “now” as in right now — fall of 2019? There’s no simple answer to that question, but The Checkout is here to help. Taking our cue from the WBGO Fall Preview , a rundown of 88 picks for the new season, we’ll explore some of the albums poised to make an impact in the weeks to come.…
 
It’s easy to get excited about Pedro Martins, a young multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Brazil. On this edition of My Music on The Checkout, we’ll get to know Martins, who at 26 has toured with Kurt Rosenwinkel and released his own album on the guitarist’s Heartcore label. It was Rosenwinkel who gave Martins the confidence to ste ...…
 
Luciana Souza has one wish for humanity in a troubled time: “That we all can make a difference in every way that we live.” Souza is a singer-songwriter originally from São Paolo, Brazil, and her words carry a certain tragic resonance as the world watches the Amazon rainforest burn. But she spoke those sobering words last March, on The Checkout ...…
 
The New York Gypsy All-Stars perform a modern strain of gypsy jazz unlike any other. By combining fiery Balkan wedding grooves with ancient Turkish traditions, these conservatory-trained musicians are quick to show off their virtuosity while also creating an intoxicating atmosphere for the dance floor.…
 
Whatever else you call Herbie Hancock — jazz-piano paragon, funk-fusion pioneer, Afro-Futurist, humanitarian, sage — you’d have to agree on “moving target.” Forward motion is the hallmark of his multifaceted career, which has yielded all manner of accolades, including a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 2016.…
 
Before he made his leap to stardom as the musical director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert , Jon Batiste already showed signs that he wanted to change the world for the better. Batiste, 32, will headline a special concert at the Newport Jazz Festival next Friday, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He has a new album releasing on th ...…
 
Charlie Haden left us five years ago, but his influence and musical contributions are still being felt today. Last year, Impulse! Records posthumously released a tranquil recording featuring the double bassist in an intimate duo setting with the pianist Brad Mehldau, titled Long Ago and Far Away . They performed together in 2007 at the Enjoy Ja ...…
 
The Mexico City-born artist Antonio Sanchez has always been outspoken about immigration, a subject he addresses on his new album, Lines In The Sand . For Sanchez, a five-time Grammy award-winning drummer and composer, activism came naturally; in a sense, he never had a choice in the matter. His calling as a crusader for human rights is indelibl ...…
 
What’s the opposite of sampling when constructing a great loop? Kassa Overall has some ideas. On his recent album Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz , the Seattle-born, New York-based artist often lays the groundwork for a great song by capturing a stellar collaborative improvisation, steering the flow from behind the drum kit. Then he digital ...…
 
Pianist-composer Myra Melford isn’t one for dogmas. Whether she’s checking out the boogie-woogie of James P. Johnson, the fractured concepts of Cecil Taylor or Gnawa trance ceremonies in Morocco, openness guides the way she navigates life and music.By Simon Rentner.
 
Kevin Atlas, formerly known as Kevin Laue, has become one of the top inspirational speakers in the United States following a basketball career at Manhattan College. Atlas, who in 2009 became the first person with one arm to earn a Division I basketball scholarship, teamed up in February of this year with Varsity Brands, the market leader in spo ...…
 
Reza Khota is a guitarist and composer from South Africa — born in Johannesburg, based in Cape Town — and he joins us for another edition of My Music on The Checkout. By soaking in the sounds of Igor Stravinsky and John McLaughlin, and combining them with his own rich musical Indian upbringing, Khota gives a voice to the subaltern.…
 
Godwin Louis has been on a quest to trace the roots of jazz. In the last couple of years, the saxophonist has traveled to over 100 countries in study of the African musical diaspora. His findings inspired Global , a far-sweeping and personal debut album, which could also be seen as a manifesto. Louis believes we are all more connected throughou ...…
 
Last summer, the Slovenian-born, Amsterdam-based pianist and composer Kaja Draksler was bestowed the Paul Acket Award at The North Sea Jazz Festival — one of the highest honors given to a contemporary jazz artist deserving of wider recognition. On this edition of The Checkout, Draksler shares new music from her octet of forward-thinking musicia ...…
 
South Plainfield, New Jersey's Anthony Ashnault always dreamed of being an NCAA national champion in wrestling. Those dreams became a reality in March of this year when the Rutgers University six-year senior defeated Ohio State's Micah Jordan 9-4 in the 149-pound final of the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ashnault became Rutge ...…
 
Andrew Bird is mostly known for his tightly crafted and intricately layered pop songs. But this violinist also thrives in extremely loose and often chaotic environments — settings that favor unpredictability and ample space for improvisation — as we learn on this episode of The Checkout.By Simon Rentner.
 
Monty Alexander is one of the finest pianists in the world, but he could also be a boxing analyst. Monty sat down with host Doug Doyle in 2014 to talk about his love of boxing and his friendships with some of the greats of the ring. Nearly sixty years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, his hometown, the Grammy nominated ...…
 
In 2004, American Mark Spitz was still considered the greatest swimmer of all-time. Fellow American Michael Phelps would eventually claim that title years later when he won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In July of 2004, Spitz visited the Montclair YMCA to conduct a clinic. Spitz is a nine-time Olympic champion and former world re ...…
 
Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music grabs a lot of attention for its innovative use of synths and sampling, along with its next-level rhythmic designs. But Guiliana, a groundbreaking drummer, drum programmer and composer, frames the whole project in terms of human connection.By Simon Rentner.
 
Kurt Rosenwinkel might be the preeminent jazz guitarist of his generation. He’s also an artist who has taken some unexpected turns in an already fascinating career. Once a stalwart on New York’s jazz scene, he left to pursue musical opportunities in Europe. Then he made a new creative shift, pointing his laser-like focus to another realm of pos ...…
 
Host Michael Hill of NJTV News is joined by Mayor Ras Baraka along with Shakira McKnight with the Mayor's Office of Youth and College Affairs, to discuss opportunities for young people and their efforts to increase college enrollment among the city's six colleges and universities.By Alexandra Hill.
 
Brian Taylor is one of the greatest basketball players to ever come out of New Jersey, still ranked in the Top 25 on the Garden State's high school all-time scoring list. The "BT Express" was a star at Perth Amboy High School and Princeton University. He would leave the Tigers program early to join the professional ranks. Taylor would become th ...…
 
2019 will be an exciting tour season for the LPGA and one of it's top players Lizette Salas. Salas, who is from Azusa, California, was in New York City recently for a special partnership announcement involving the LPGA and Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. The seas ...…
 
Officially launched in 2015, Swet Tailor is a premium menswear brand that is defining a new kind of casual. With strategic planning and knowledge and the endorsement of NFL stars like Carson Wentz and Nick Foles of the Super Bowl Champion Eagles, Swet Tailor is one of the fastest rising men's apparel companies in the U.S. The co-owners of Swet ...…
 
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