WBGO, Newark Public Radio
WBGO is a publicly-supported, cultural institution that champions jazz and presents news to a worldwide audience through radio, other technologies and events.
Organizational values that guide WBGO in accomplishing its mission are:
- A belief in the vibrancy and continuance of jazz as a cultural art form
- Educational outreach is an important part of the station's programming
- A diverse, open workplace that supports the development and enhancement of the staff's talents and skills
- Listeners, members and the general public deserve to be treated with respect, quality service and information
- Public Radio – A Non-Profit Arts Organization
WBGO is operated as a non-profit, 501(C)3 organization in the public trust. As such it has a Board of Trustees, a mission, and is funded, in the main, by listener donations or memberships, as well as a combination of corporate, business, foundation, and governmental grants.
Within public radio, WBGO is regarded as a leader because of its ground-breaking work in community and volunteer involvement, special events, and the presentation of jazz (including collaboration with local artists).
Newark Public Radio has been designated a "Major Impact" arts organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The station has been awarded this distinction for each of the past sixteen years.