Press Releases

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.

StoryCorps Returns to Western New England

[November 5, 2008-Amherst, MA] 88.5 FM WFCR and 640 AM WNNZ, NPR News and Music for Western New England, announces that StoryCorps will return to Western Massachusetts thanks in large measure to the overwhelming response to its visit to Springfield in September. StoryCorps facilitators will conduct interviews at the following locations:

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.