The WBGO Story...Bright Moments from Newark to the World – Chris Daniel (Tinton Falls, New Jersey)
This documentary tells the story of how a group of urban leaders and community activist looking to make a positive change in Newark, NJ came together in the 70’s after the Newark riots, to create WBGO, New Jersey’s first public radio station. It will tell how this small radio station owned by the Newark Board of Education was turned into a powerful cultural force heard throughout the northern Jersey/New York City region that now reaches millions of Jazz listeners around the world. The documentary features interviews and stories from people who helped launch the station, including its founder, Bob Ottenhoff and Mrs. Dorthaan Kirk (widow of the great multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk), who was key in helping WBGO grow to where it is now. 2020; 55 min.