Education and Community Resource Associate
“creative, funny, passionate”
LaQuin Lay currently works as a Education Community Resource Associate in Newark, New Jersey with WBGO. Prior to this position, LaQuin spent 7 years as a Program Coordinator and Program Manager for Playworks. LaQuin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston. LaQuin previously taught music in Boston Public Schools and the Boy’s Club of New York. He is also a musician and recording artist performing in New York and New Jersey as well as performing on local New York TV. LaQuin is currently recording his debut album due for release in September 2016 entitled Family Tree.
Overview of Newark Public Radio: WBGO Jazz88.3FM was the brainchild of an urban think tank whose members came together in Newark in the 1970s to affect change after the riots of 1967. Marshalling an extraordinary group of city activists, and with the help of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, they established the first public radio station in New Jersey in 1979 by convincing the Newark Public School System board to transfer its underutilized broadcast license to them.
WBGO was born as an independent, community-based, not-for-profit, public radio station that would champion jazz-an American art form that is also an important chapter in Newark’s cultural history. Jazz88 affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR) and went to a 24-hour broadcast day in 1980 when the only other full-time jazz station in the New York Metro market, WRVR (a commercial station), changed its format to country-western music. Today, WBGO’s broadcast signal is heard by listeners on the air and via the Internet. Fans from around the globe tune in for jazz, blues, Rhythm and Blues, and award-winning news. Jazz88 has won the “Keeping the Blues Alive” Award and twice won the Gavin Report’s “Jazz Station of the Year” Award. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has named us a Major Impact Arts Organization for over 16 consecutive years. The designation of arts organization reflects WBGO’s mission which extends beyond the radio station to important programs and activities that preserve, promote and present jazz.
What makes WBGO unique and necessary? “Jazz88.3FM’s daily broadcast can be easily identified by the passionate, extremely knowledgeable and idiosyncratic on-air announcers, frequent live broadcasts and on-air interviews with today’s hottest jazz and blues artists, and a news department whose drive time news reports and weekly magazine program, the WBGO Journal, are recognized for their reporting excellence every year.”
Services provided by WBGO: WBGO’s studios are located at 54 Park Place in the heart of downtown Newark, New Jersey. The WBGO broadcast signal (from high on-top the Conde Nast building in midtown, New York City) reaches north to Rockland and Westchester Counties, NY and parts of Connecticut; south to Ocean County, NJ; east to Nassau County, NY and west to Morris County, NJ. The signal can be heard in all five boroughs of New York City. In addition, WBGO can be heard on the four New Jersey stations of New Jersey Public Radio, from midnight to 5 a.m.