Grand Opening Celebration

Sunday, September 7, 2014

2:00 pm Program (doors open to the public at 1:30 p.m. Space is limited at CityStage – please arrive early to get a seat!)
3:00 pm Block Party!

audie-150x150This fall, New England Public Radio will expand into our brand new facility on Main Street in downtown Springfield and we’re looking forward to celebrating our Grand Opening with you, and several special guests, including NPR’s All Things Considered host (and former WFCR intern!) Audie Cornish.


Festivities begin at 2:00 pm with a program at Springfield’s CityStage. We’ll take time to recognize the tremendous support NEPR has received from the community and hear from Audie, along with Anne Garrels, former NPR Foreign Correspondent and honorary chair of our 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign. The program will also feature musical selections from the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s principal trombonist, Brian Diehl and the Community Music School of Springfield’s Charles Majid Greenlee Scholarship Jazz Ensemble.


294385_10150362128913233_1072535667_nFollowing the program, the famous 325-member University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band will kick off our downtown Block Party with a festive march down Main Street. If you’ve never seen the UMass Marching Band in action – you don’t want to miss this exiting performance!

Our new headquarters is located at 1525 Main Street and tours will run 3:25 p.m. through 6 p.m.

The afternoon festivities will include guided tours of the station, live music and entertainment in Tower Square Park; and a delicious array of local food trucks offering everything from farm to street sandwiches to Korean street snacks to locally made ice cream !

We are proud to be your public radio station, and are looking forward to celebrating this major step forward in our 50+ year history with you this fall.

Please email Vanessa Cerillo at with any questions.

Live Music in Tower Square Park featuring:

Charles Neville
Hendrik Meurkens
Scott Mullett
The Green Street Trio
Avery Sharpe and the Extended Family Singers

Local Food Trucks

Chanterelle to Go
An eclectic mix of local farm-to-street sandwiches, hot entrees, snacks, & desserts featuring our crazy burritos and giant ice cream sandwiches.
Sun Kim Bop
The essence of Korea’s famous street and picnic food
Bart’s Homemade
Locally made ice cream

Community Partners on View

Learn more about the exciting programs our new Springfield neighbors are offering!

The Community Music School
The Performance Project
Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Forest Park Zoo
Springfield Museums

Guided tours of our new headquarters throughout the day
Come see how radio is made at our new state-of-the-art facility, and meet our local reporters, music hosts and behind-the-scenes staff.

Thank you to our Generous Sponsors

The University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Springfield BID
Five Colleges, Inc.
The Springfield Republican

What else is happening in our new city on September 7?

The 42nd annual Mattoon Street Art Festival – Mattoon Street, Springfield. The Pioneer Valley’s longest-running arts festival features 100 exhibitors, food vendors and strolling musicians!
Glendi 2014 – Springfield’s annual Greek Festival – St. George Cathedral. 22 St. George Road
Springfield. Noon – 7 p.m. Featuring traditional Greek foods, pastries, music, dancing, and old-fashioned Greek hospitality.