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CityNewark, New Jersey
Broadcast areaNorth Jersey
New York City
Frequency88.3 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingWBGO Jazz 88
SubchannelsHD2: "The Jazz Bee" (Jazz)
OwnerNewark Public Radio
First air date
Technical information
Facility ID48699
ERP2,500 watts
HAAT269.2 meters (883 ft)
WebcastListen Live

WBGO (88.3 FM, "Jazz 88") is a public radio station licensed to Newark, New Jersey. Studios and offices are located on Park Place in downtown Newark, and its transmitter is located at 4 Times Square in Manhattan. The station primarily plays jazz music.[1] In addition the station airs public affairs programming, locally produced newscasts, traffic reports from Total Traffic during morning and afternoon rush hours, and NPR-produced newscasts and programming. It is also available as an Internet radio station, with both a live stream and on-demand replay of shows. New Jersey Public Radio simulcasts WBGO on their radio network every morning between 12am and 5am. WBGO also broadcasts in HD Radio.[2]


WBGO's first license was granted on January 26, 1947.[3] Originally owned by the Newark Board of Education with studios in Central High School, it was established as the first public radio station in New Jersey when in 1979 the broadcast license was transferred to Newark Public Radio in cooperation with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. WBGO then became affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR) and went to a 24-hour broadcast format in 1980.

While WBGO's base of operations remain in Newark, the station's broadcast antenna and transmission system moved to Midtown Manhattan on December 30, 2011.

WBGO was one of two major FM jazz stations in the New York City metropolitan area, along with smooth jazz station WQCD until 2008, when that station flipped to a rock format, leaving WBGO as the New York area's only jazz station.[4]

On-air personalities[edit]


  • Gary Walker: Morning Jazz
  • Brian Delp: Mid-day Jazz
  • Michael Bourne: Blues Break, Singers Unlimited* (*weekends)
  • Keanna Faircloth: Afternoon Jazz
  • Nicole Sweeney: Evening Jazz
  • Greg Bryant: Jazz After Hours


  • Bobby Sanabria: Latin Jazz Cruise
  • Christian McBride: Jazz Night in America
  • Simon Rentner: The Checkout
  • Bob Porter: Portraits in Blue, Saturday Morning Function, Swing Party
  • Felix Hernandez: Rhythm Revue
  • Monifa Brown: Saturday Afternoon Jazz
  • Rob Crocker: Saturday Evening Jazz, Sunday Afternoon Jazz
  • Rhonda Hamilton: Sunday Spotlight [5]
  • Sheila Anderson: Weekend Jazz After Hours, Salon Sessions, Sunday Night Music Mix
  • Lezlie Harrison: Come Sunday


  • Doug Doyle: WBGO's News Director, Morning News Anchor, Co-Host of WBGO Journal & Host of SportsJam
  • Alexandra Hill: WBGO's Afternoon News Anchor
  • Janice Kirkel: WBGO News Reporter
  • Joe Hernandez: WBGO's Statehouse Reporter
  • Michael Hill: Host of Newark Today

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gorce, Tammy La (29 January 2020). "Behind the Racial Uproar at One of the World's Best Jazz Stations". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "HD Radio station guide for New York, NY". Hdradio.com. Archived from the original on 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  3. ^ FCC Query License and technical data on WBGO
  4. ^ "I was fired for calling out 'blatant racism' at N.J. Radio station, ex-employee says". 30 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Rhonda Hamilton".

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