Newark's widely known public radio station WBGO 88.3 FM is using the December edition of Newark Today, its monthly town hall news program, to highlight a host of local non-profits and charity organizations that provide essential services to the community during the holiday season and all year round. 

The show, which features Mayor Ras Baraka as its regular guest and is hosted by NJTV’s Michael Hill, focuses on issues in and around New Jersey’s largest city. 

Newark Today producer Alexandra Hill says she felt any other topic for the December show would’ve been disingenuous.

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“As a reporter I’ve covered Newark for five years, and I grew up here, and many of the people and organizations that do the real work in the community never get the recognition they deserve," Hill told TAPinto Newark. "I felt, as did the entire Newark Today staff, that this would be a great platform for them.”

The show, which was formerly a call-in show, recently began broadcasting from the newly renovated Hahne & Co Building, located at 54 Halsey St inside the Express Newark lecture hall. The new format encourages audience participation and features a question and answer segment. And the show's new broadcast locale helps demonstrate downtown Newark's ongoing revitalization and revival. 

This Thursday night's guests will include: Debra Vizzi, President and CEO of The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Michael Bright, President and CEO of the Newark YMCA, and the Rev. David P. Jones , President and CEO of Goodwill Rescue Mission, as well as Mayor Baraka and additional guests. 

WBGO is also asking those that attend the show to bring a non-perishable food item or an unwrapped toy to donate to those organizations represented on the show. Click here to register to attend the show.

Hill says she hopes people will walk away from the show with a better understanding of what’s being done to provide for Newark’s most vulnerable. 

“If just one person gets something out of the show that can help change the trajectory of their lives, I’ll know the show is serving its purpose," Hill said. 

WBGO is the global leader in jazz radio, broadcasting from the jazz capital of the world. Founded in 1979, WBGO is a publicly-supported cultural institution that preserves and elevates America’s music: jazz and blues. WBGO reaches a weekly audience of more than 400,000 in the New York/New Jersey metro area via 88.3FM. 

Through programs such as Jazz Night in America, produced in partnership with National Public Radio (NPR) and Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as WBGO's position as an NPR affiliate, the station's reach extends to millions more across the globe.

From its home base in Newark, WBGO 88.3 FM, the city's public radio station, has long been an anchor institution in terms of community engagement through its partnerships, concerts, education initiatives, and news programming.