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WBGO Promotes Jackson to VP of Content

Jazz station reorganization emphasizes “vibrancy” of music

Former special projects producer Josh Jackson has been named WBGO(FM) Jazz 88.3 vice president of content, a newly-created position, according to acting President and CEO Amy Niles.

Jackson will continue to host the station’s hour-long music magazine “The Checkout.”

“This new position reflects the evolving nature of WBGO as both a creator and distributor of content for our communities of jazz and news,” said Niles. “Josh has a keen understanding and respect for the past, present and future of jazz.”

Jackson began his radio career at WWOZ(FM) in New Orleans, then moved to New York to become the associate producer of “Jazz from Lincoln Center with Ed Bradley” and joined WBGO in 2001.

He has created three multiplatform concert programs: “Live at the Village Vanguard,” “The Checkout: Live at 92Y Tribeca” and “The Checkout: Live at Berklee,” all in partnership with NPR. Jackson has also produced award-winning documentaries and hundreds of live concert recordings while at WBGO, according to a release. Jackson is also the co-founder of Joyride Media and was named the 2010 and 2012 recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association’s Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting.

Jackson has also spearheaded WBGO Radar, a music discovery service in which Jackson and WBGO Music Director Gary Walker review recordings and consider them for exclusive debuts at, a release said. 

Founded in 1979, Newark Public Radio, Inc. is a publicly supported cultural institution that promotes jazz in Newark, N.J., and worldwide via the Internet.