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WBGO-FM Jazz 88.3 Sweeps Radio Category at NYABJ Awards
(Published: May 17, 2012)

WBGO-FM Jazz 88.3 Sweeps Radio Category
at NY Association of Black Journalists Awards


NEWARK, NJ, May 17 - Jazz station WBGO-FM/Jazz 88.3 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 on Tuesday, 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.

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 - Conversations 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 - WBGO Journal: "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. WBGO Journal airs Fridays at 7:30 pm.

"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.

Founded in 1979, Newark Public Radio, Inc. is a publicly supported cultural institution that champions jazz at WBGO 88.3 FM in Newark, New Jersey and worldwide via wbgo.org. WBGO is the recognized world leader in jazz radio and one of the most respected jazz presenters in the country, and offers award-winning news and innovative children's programs. Beyond reaching 400, 000 weekly listeners (including 17, 000 contributing members) on air, online and via mobile devices, WBGO presents live broadcasts from prestigious jazz venues and produces acclaimed programs for NPR heard by millions. WBGO is Jazz Week magazine's 2010 Major Market Station of the Year.

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