[Thursday, June 16, 2011] AMHERST, MA. New England Public Radio will make a final push to balance its budget by the end of its fiscal year which concludes on June 30, 2011. The station aims to raise $258,000 during its year-end fund drive, in order to hit a projected goal of $1,750,000 in individual contributions for the year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011). The on-air fund drive, which begins tomorrow, will wrap on June 25.
[Tuesday, May 31, 2011] AMHERST, MA. The New England Public Radio newsroom will remember longtime reporter and local host of "Morning Edition," Bob Paquette, during "Morning Edition Extra", this Friday, June 3 between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. on 88.5FM WFCR and AM640 & 91.7FM all-news WNNZ.
[Sunday, May 29, 2011] – Amherst, MA. With great sadness, New England Public Radio announces that its long-time reporter Bob Paquette died of an apparent heart attack this weekend. Bob was the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WFCR and WNNZ for two decades.
[Thursday, May 12, 2011] – Amherst, MA. Public Radio Station 88.5FM WFCR plans many changes in its 50th year. Martin Miller, CEO and General Manager of WFCR, announced the station's plans for ex-pansion in front of a sold out crowd of 350 public radio supporters at the station's 2011 Arts & Humani-ties Awards Gala and 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Log Cabin in Holyoke last night.
[Tuesday, March 15, 2011 – Amherst, MA] Three distinguished individuals and one institution have been selected to receive the 2011 WFCR Arts & Humanities Award. The award, established to recognize those who have made a positive impact on the cultural landscape of western New England, is presented in three categories: Outstanding Individual, Outstanding Organization, and Emerging Talent.
[February 4, 2011 — Amherst, MA] During the month of February, WFCR and WNNZ – Western New England's NPR News and Music Stations will celebrate Black History Month in many of its programs, including Tell Me More, Jazz a la Mode, and Soundwaves.
[February 1, 2011 — Amherst, MA] WFCR will take on the issue of youth violence on the next Focus: Western New England, Thursday at 4:00 p.m. on 88.5FM WFCR.
[January 27, 2011 — Amherst, MA] For the second year in a row, public radio stations 88.5FM WFCR and 640AM / 91.7FM WNNZ will partner with the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to raise awareness about hunger in the region and help The Food Bank distribute food across western Massachusetts.
[January 4, 2011–Amherst, MA] Officials at public radio stations WFCR and WNNZ announce today the addition of several new programs to both the 88.5FM WFCR and 640AM / 91.7FM WNNZ weekend lineups. The program changes, which will go into effect Saturday, January 8, will add to the music programming on WFCR and expand the variety of news and entertainment programs offered on WNNZ.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.