Press Releases

Public Radio Station WFCR / WNNZ Receives $580,000 in Bequests in 2010

[December 22, 2010–Amherst, MA] Public radio stations 88.5FM WFCR and 640AM / 91.7FM WNNZ have received a total of $580,000 in bequests in 2010. $80,000 came from an anonymous donor from Connecticut, and $500,000 from Jane Sjoman, a long time listener and donor from Wethersfield, CT.

A portion of Ms. Sjoman's $500,000 bequest will be used to support strategic initiatives through WFCR's annual fund, and the rest will go toward the station's 50th Anniversary capital campaign. The station begins its year-long 50th Anniversary celebration in May 2011.

WFCR Seeks Nominations for the 2011 WFCR Arts & Humanities Award

[December 13, 2010–Amherst, MA] Public radio stations WFCR and WNNZ are now accepting nominations for the 2011 WFCR Arts & Humanities Award. The award was established in 2008 to recognize those who have made a positive impact on the arts and humanities, and to bring awareness to the critical role played by musicians, artists, dancers, writers, teachers and cultural institutions in western New England. The award will be given in three categories: Outstanding Organization, Outstanding Individual and Emerging Talent.

Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts Return to 88.5FM WFCR

[December 8, 2010–Amherst, MA] The Metropolitan Opera's 80th Saturday matinee broadcast season kicks off on Saturday, December 18 at 12:30 p.m. on 88.5FM WFCR with Verdi's Don Carlo, starring Yonghoon Lee, Marina Poplavskaya, Simon Keenlyside and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Twenty-two broadcasts will be presented on WFCR through May 14, 2011. Margaret Juntwait returns as the series host for her seventh season, joined by commentator Ira Siff.

WFCR and WNNZ Aim to Raise $300,000 in October Fund Drive

[Thursday, October 14, 2010–Amherst, MA] Public radio stations WFCR and WNNZ plan to raise a record- breaking $300,000 in individual contributions during its upcoming on-air fund drive which begins this Saturday, October 16 at 8:00 a.m.. This is a significant portion of the $1.75MM in individual contributions the station is set to raise this fiscal year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011). Cathy Ives, Executive Director of Development and Major Gifts at the station, developed this year's strategy.

Reporter Anne Mostue Joins WFCR’s Newsroom

[Thursday, October 7, 2010–Amherst, MA] This week, public radio station WFCR/WNNZ welcomes reporter Anne Mostue to its award-winning newsroom. Ms. Mostue will be based at WFCR's Peggy and David Starr Broadcast Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

"I've followed Anne's work for years and I know that she is a thorough, balanced and intelligent news professional," said WFCR's News Director, Fred Bever. "WFCR and WNNZ's listeners will be wellserved by her skills."

WFCR’s Susan Kaplan Receives Prestigious Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship

[Thursday, September 16, 2010–Amherst, MA] Susan Kaplan, reporter and local host of NPR's All Things Considered for 88.5FM WFCR, 640AM and 91.7FM WNNZ, has been named a recipient of the 2010 Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship, awarded annually to mid-career journalists interested in improving their coverage of violence and traumatic events. Kaplan was among ten journalists from around the world, including Russell Lewis, NPR's Southern Bureau Chief, and Juliana Rufus of Al-Jazeera English, chosen to receive the fellowship.

The WFCR Foundation, Inc. Purchases 640AM WNNZ from Clear Channel Broadcasting

[Wednesday, October 13, 2010–Amherst, MA] The WFCR Foundation, Inc. today announced the purchase of 640AM WNNZ from Clear Channel Broadcasting. WNNZ has been programmed by public radio station WFCR since 2007 through a special agreement with its former owner, but now it will be owned by the WFCR Foundation, Inc. WNNZ will become a non-commercial station with the sale, ensuring that it permanently remains a public radio station.

Massachusetts Candidates for Governor Go Live with Listeners on 88.5FM WFCR’s Focus Western New England this Fall

[Tuesday, September 7, 2010 -Springfield, MA] All four Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates will appear on 88.5FM WFCR's locally-produced talk show, Focus Western New England for an exploration of their candidacies, the issues facing Massachusetts, and to answer questions from listeners, in a series of live, hour-long call-in programs scheduled to begin Thursday, September 9 at 4:00 p.m..

WFCR Foundation Purchases 91.7FM in Deerfield, MA; Programs Station with 24/7 NPR News

[Thursday, September 2, 2010 -Amherst, MA] The WFCR Foundation, Inc. officially announced today, the purchase of 91.7FM WNNZ, formerly WGAJ in Deerfield, MA. The station will feature the same lineup of 24/7 NPR news programming heard on 640AM WNNZ, which is currently operated by the WFCR Foundation, Inc. The new signal at 91.7FM can be heard beginning Thursday, September 9, 2010.

WFCR Broadcasts the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s 2009-2010 Season with Commentary From SSO Music Director Kevin Rhodes

[Thursday, August 26, 2010 -Amherst, MA] 88.5 FM WFCR will present the complete 2009-2010 classical season of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, beginning Sunday, September 5 at noon on 88.5 FM WFCR and continuing each Sunday afternoon through October 10, 2010. Springfield Symphony Orchestra Music Director Kevin Rhodes assembled a rich roster of works for the season and will share his comments on the selections, in conversation with WFCR's Music Director and host, John Montanari, during each broadcast.

Listeners Contribute to New England Public Radio at Record Levels

[Wednesday, July 6, 2011, AMHERST, MA.] New England Public Radio closed out its fiscal year on June 30 with a balanced budget. Listeners contributed a record-breaking $1,756,730 in support of the station – $6,700 over the $1.75MM projected goal for individual contributions. This represents the first increase in individual contributions in three years.

WFCR Appoints Cathy M. Ives Executive Director of Development and Major Gifts

[Tuesday, July 6, 2010–Amherst, MA] Officials at 88.5FM WFCR and 640AM WNNZ, announced today the appointment of their new Executive Director of Development and Major Gifts, Cathy M. Ives.

"We're delighted to have Cathy on board," said WFCR's CEO & General Manager, Martin Miller. "She brings with her a tremendous amount of public media experience and is a veteran fundraiser. Cathy will be a real asset to WFCR and WNNZ as we continue to expand the scope and reach of the station."

WFCR Arts & Humanities Award Established

[Monday, December 22, 2008 – Amherst, MA] Officials at 88.5FM WFCR and 640AM WNNZ – NPR News and Music for Western New England – announce today the establishment of the WFCR Arts and Humanities Award by the WFCR Foundation. The award has been established to confer recognition on an individual or individuals deemed through the WFCR award process to have made a broad, positive impact on the arts and humanities in western New England.

The Capitol Steps Come to South Hadley

[Wednesday, November 5, 2008 – Amherst, MA] Officials at 88.5FM WFCR and WNNZ 640AM – NPR News and Music for Western New England – invite you to celebrate this historic election with the Capitol Steps – America's singing political satirists – December 5 & 6 at 8pm at Chapin Auditorium on the Mount Holyoke College campus.