New England Public Radio has named Anglika Melien president of the New England Public Radio Foundation, Inc., and added several new members to its board of directors.
On a beautiful fall day last week on the UMass Amherst campus, New England Public Radio celebrated the formal renaming of its newly refurbished studios at the university, and the completion of the 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign for WFCR, which has raised just over $8,579,000 since May of 2011. More than eighty supporters, contributors and well-wishers joined the celebration including Representative John Scibak, the interim President of Mount Holyoke College, Sonya Stephens and Jack Dill, President of Colebrook Realty Services and Chair of the station’s capital campaign.
On Sunday, October 2, New England Public Radio will add a new program to its offerings on the NEPR News Network. From 10-11 a.m. listeners can tune in for a dose of New England-based news and culture with NEXT – a weekly radio show and podcast hosted by John Dankosky, and based at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut.
A new class of students from Springfield Public Schools will begin their semester at New England Public Radio’s Media Lab on September 27, and Carlos McBride, the newly hired director of the program will be ready to greet them. After an extensive national search, New England Public Radio chose McBride, who spent his childhood in Springfield, to lead the fledgling media program.
For decades, New England Public Radio has partnered with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and WGBH Boston to air live broadcasts from Tanglewood, the BSO’s summer home in Lenox, Massachusetts, every Sunday afternoon of the season on 88.5FM WFCR. This year, the Sunday afternoon tradition has grown into a weekend-long affair; NEPR is excited to add music from Tanglewood to our Saturday afternoon line-up as well! Beginning at 1:00 p.m., Saturday’s broadcasts will feature performances from the previous week at Tanglewood, and some major star-power, including Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and others throughout the summer.
New England Public Radio’s newsroom picked up four PRNDI Awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc., an independent organization of public radio news directors. The awards were announced June 25 at the organization’s annual meeting in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Beginning on July 1, 2016, WAIC 91.9 FM, will become the latest station to join The NEPR News Network, providing Hampden County with a 24-hour public radio news service on the FM dial, thanks to a partnership between New England Public Radio and American International College (AIC) which owns the frequency.
The first class of Media Lab students will share their work at a graduation celebration on Tuesday, May 24 at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
The winners of the 2016 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards were announced this week, and New England Public Radio’s newsroom has picked up two of the prestigious awards. Reporter Karen Brown won best feature for her story “Freed After 27 Years, Man Claiming Wrongful Conviction Gets Little Help From System,” which profiled Mark Schand of Windsor, Connecticut, who spent nearly three decades in prison for a murder he says he did not commit. Reporter Jill Kaufman was honored in the sports reporting category for “Deflategate Swag Is Sweet Revenge For Colts Entrepreneur,” her piece about how an epic sports rivalry and a little ingenuity sparked a new business – one that deals in football shaped foam hats, and riles New England Patriots fans.
Thanks to incredible support from public radio listeners across the region, New England Public Radio’s recent fundraising campaign, Feed Your Radio, Feed a Family, wrapped up in March with wonderful results. Over $187,000 was raised to support the station, and thanks to our partners at The ShopRite of Enfield, and two anonymous donors, $8,000 was pledged to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts – enough to provide 24,000 meals to our neighbors in need.
New England Public Radio launches the on-air portion of its “Feed Your Radio, Feed a Family” fundraising campaign on today and is happy to report that over 350 listeners have already joined in the effort to date. “Feed Your Radio, Feed a Family” is a special partnership between New England Public Radio, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the ShopRite of Enfield to raise awareness about hunger in the region and help The Food Bank distribute food across western Massachusetts.
New England Public Radio is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Arts & Humanities Awards. The 2016 honorees are: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder; independent arts center Amherst Cinema; Springfield Massachusetts’ first poet laureate, María Luisa Arroyo; and Community Access to the Arts of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, which celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts.
Eight public media stations in New England, including New England Public Radio based in Springfield, Massachusetts, have received a $625,538 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish a regional news collaboration.
On Tuesday, February 23, New England Public Radio will host acclaimed international journalist Ofeibea Quist-Arcton for a lively conversation on her extensive career covering the African continent for major news organizations including the BBC and NPR; and the current political, economic and social issues impacting African nations today. John Higginson, Professor of History at UMass Amherst will join Ms. Quist-Arcton on stage. The event will begin 1:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Honors College, 157 Commonwealth Avenue, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Start spreading the news… New England Public Radio will celebrate the 100th birthday anniversary of two American icons, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday with a festive holiday bash on December 12, 2015, from 7-11 p.m. at the Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, Mass.