Press Releases

WFCR’s Fall Fund Drive a Success

[Monday, October 27, 2008 - Amherst, MA] Officials at 88.5FM WFCR – public radio for western New England – confirmed today that the fall on-air fund drive, which concluded on Saturday, October 25th, exceeded both its budgeted goal and all expectations. Raising over $260,000 from nearly 2,300 individual contributors, the 11 day drive broke all records for the station's 47 year history.

WFCR Reporter Tina Antolini Promoted

[Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - Amherst, MA] Officials at 88.5FM WFCR-NPR news and music for western New England- announce today that reporter Tina Antolini has been promoted to a full-time WFCR staff member. "Tina has a strong news sense, and a journalist's hunger that keeps her going story after story," says WFCR News Director Jill Kaufman. "She's a true team mate, too, putting her head together with other news staff, helping to produce, coming up with angles, and sources. WFCR and our listeners are so fortunate to have her in the news department."

WFCR Reporter Karen Brown Awarded Kaiser Media Fellowship

[Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - Amherst, MA] Officials at 88.5FM WFCR-NPR news and music for western New England announce today that Karen Brown is one of nine reporters selected from around the country for the 2008 Kaiser Media Fellowship, sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The fellowship allows her to spend the next eight months focusing on health reform in Massachusetts. Brown's work will result in indepth reports for WFCR, WNNZ and other media outlets.

WFCR Hires Marketing Director

[Thursday, September 04, 2008 - Amherst, MA] Officials at 88.5FM WFCR-NPR news and music for western New England-announced today the appointment of their new Marketing and Communications Director, Vanessa Langevin Cerillo.

"We're delighted to have Vanessa on board," said Jerry S. Moore, director of development, within who's department Cerillo will work. "Filling this important position is exciting for WFCR," he continued, "and, while it took a long and steady search, Vanessa's the perfect match."

WFCR To Broadcast Springfield Symphony on Sundays

[September 3, 2008-Amherst, MA] 88.5 FM WFCR and 640 AM WNNZ, NPR News and Music for Western New England, will present the complete 2007-2008 season of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, beginning Sunday September 7 at noon on 88.5 FM WFCR and continuing each Sunday afternoon through October 19, 2008.

WFCR Convention Coverage

[August 26, 2008-Amherst, MA] 88.5 FM WFCR and 640 AM WNNZ, NPR News and Music for Western New England, will broadcast special coverage during the two weeks of the Democratic and Republican national conventions. August 25-28, 88.5 FM WFCR will carry live coverage each evening from 8 to 11 PM from the Democratic convention in Denver. September 1-4, also from 8- 11 PM, live coverage will be broadcast from the Republican convention in St. Paul. In addition, special programming will be carried on 640 AM WNNZ.

WFCR and Storycorps

[August 20, 2008-Amherst, MA] 88.5 FM WFCR and 640 AM WNNZ, NPR News and Music for Western New England, UMass Amherst Outreach and the Basketball Hall of Fame announce that StoryCorps' mobile recording booth is coming to Western Massachusetts. It will be at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield from August 28 to September 20. StoryCorps booths have traveled across the US, recording conversations in over 100 locations in 48 states and conducting more than 20,000 interviews, in the largest oral history project of its kind.

WFCR Fiscal Year 2008

[July 17, 2008-Amherst, MA] Officials at public radio stations 88.5FM WFCR and 640AM WNNZ- -NPR news and music for western New England–announced today that fundraising for their 2008 Fiscal Year (July, 2007 – June, 2008) was remarkably successful given the stresses in the economy at large.

"Several factors played into the success of this past year's individual giving," said director of development Jerry S. Moore reflecting on the budgetary requirement for the year of $1.68M for which the station was shy just $19,000 at the close of June.

WFCR and WNNZ Offer Environmentally Safe Grocery Bags

[April 28, 2008, Amherst, MA] – WFCR 88.5FM and WNNZ 640 AM, NPR News and Information for Western New England, is pleased to announce the availability of environmentally friendly grocery bags in celebration of Earth Week. At WFCR/WNNZ our listeners are not only committed to public broadcasting, but they are also committed to supporting our environment. While Earth Day was officially April 22, 2008, we feel supporting our Earth, and community is important every day of the year.

New, live Morning News Program Launches Monday On 640 AM, WNNZ

April 24, 2008, Amherst, MA – 640 AM, NPR News and Information for Western New England, announces the launch of a brand new morning drive time program, The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji. The program will air from 8-9 weekday mornings, beginning Monday, April 28. The Takeaway provides a breadth and depth of world, national and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media.

WFCR Reporter Wins Four Awards for Story

April 14, 2008, Amherst MA – WFCR, NPR News and Music for Western New England announces that one of its news reporters, Karen Brown, has won four awards for her story, Love, War and PTSD. The story was about a local couple's struggle with post traumatic stress after the husband's return from serving in Iraq.

The awards come from four different national and regional organizations.

NPR’s On Point heads to China: 640AM WNNZ Carries Historic Broadcasts

April 2, 2008, Amherst MA – 640 AM WNNZ, NPR News and Information for Western New
England, announces plans to carry special programming from China the week of April 14-18,
2008. The programs will air from 10 AM-noon each day as part of the daily, NPR interview and
call-in show, On Point, hosted by Tom Ashbrook.

WFCR Spring Fund Drive a Success

Amherst, MA – 25 March 2008 – Reeling from unexpected budget cuts from the Federal government and equally unanticipated increases in state-mandated expenditures, officials at regional public radio station WFCR–NPR news and music for western New England–went straight to their ever-growing listenership and met with remarkable results.

WFCR Returns to Santa FE

March 6, 2008 Amherst, Massachusetts – 88.5FM WFCR, NPR News and Music for Western
New England, and 640AM WNNZ, WFCR’s AM Broadcast Station will offer its third tour to the
Santa Fe Opera and surrounding parts of New Mexico, as part of its travel program on August 10-
14, 2008. The tour, produced for WFCR by Ellen Gill, CTC and Tours of Distinction in East
Windsor, CT, will be hosted by WFCR Music Host John Montanari.

WFCR to Broadcast Historic Concert

88.5FM WFCR, NPR News and Music for Western New England, will broadcast the New York Philharmonic's groundbreaking February 26 concert in Pyongyang, North Korea.