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CityNewark, New Jersey
Broadcast areaMetro New York-New Jersey
BrandingWBGO Jazz 88
SloganThe Jazz Source
Frequency88.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date1948
FormatFM/HD1: Jazz
HD2: Jazz "The Jazz Bee"
ERP2,500 watts
HAAT269.2 meters (883 ft)
Facility ID48699
OwnerNewark Public Radio
WebcastListen Live

WBGO (88.3 FM, "Jazz 88") is a public radio station licensed to Newark, New Jersey. Studios and offices are located on Park Place in downtown Newark, and its transmitter is located at 4 Times Square in New York City. The station primarily plays jazz music. In addition the station airs public affairs programming, locally produced newscasts, traffic reports from Total Traffic during morning and afternoon rush hours, and NPR-produced newscasts and programming. It is also available as an Internet radio station, with both a live stream and on-demand replay of shows. New Jersey Public Radio simulcasts WBGO on their radio network every morning between 1am and 5am. WBGO also broadcasts in HD Radio and transmits a separate jazz format, the "Jazz Bee" on its HD2 channel.[1]


The station was originally owned by the Newark Board of Education and had studios in Central High School. While WBGO's base of operations remains in Newark, the station's broadcast antenna and transmission system moved to New York City's Midtown Manhattan on December 30, 2011.

Until 2008, WBGO was, with smooth jazz station WQCD 101.9 FM, one of two major FM jazz stations in the New York City metropolitan area. That changed when Emmis Communications decided to change WQCD's format to rock and its call letters to WRXP, leaving WBGO as the New York area's only jazz station.

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  1. ^ "HD Radio station guide for New York, NY". Hdradio.com. Archived from the original on 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  2. ^ Daniel Karcher, WBGO. Accessed October 30, 2016.

Coordinates: 40°45′22″N 73°59′10″W / 40.756°N 73.986°W / 40.756; -73.986