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March 2012 

Of Note Online

New England Public Radio's e-newsletter


Issue No. 8



Welcome to the March edition of Of Note Online! This month we're announcing the recipients of this year's Arts and Humanities Awards, welcoming new staff to the station, updating you on the Root for Your Radio fund drive, and more. Keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation to the Arts and Humanities Awards Gala featuring keynote speaker Carl Kasell, which promises to be entertaining and enriching!




Melissa St. Pierre

Interim Director of Marketing and Communications 

Arts and Humanities Award Recipients Announced
Young @ Heart Chorus, Gary Bernice, Josh Simpson 


2011 A&H CrowdNew England Public Radio is excited to honor the 4th annual Arts & Humanities Award recipients at our annual gala, May 1 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.  We hope you'll be with us for this year's celebration, which promises to entertain on multiple levels, and also marks the culmination of a year-long celebration of WFCR's 50th anniversary.      


This year, we'll recognize glass artist, teacher and philanthropist Josh Simpson as Outstanding Individual, the Young @ Heart Chorus, a vocal ensemble boasting members in their seventies, eighties and nineties, as Outstanding Organization, and Gary Bernice, Director of Bands at Springfield High School of Science and Technology, in the Emerging Talent category. For more information on this year's recipients, click here for a list of complete bios.     


This year's gala will feature performances by members of the

Carl Kasell
Carl Kasell will be the Keynote Speaker at the Awards Gala 

Young@Heart Chorus and the Springfield High School of Science and Technology Band. A selection of Josh Simpson's glass works will also be on display. Carl Kasell, the official judge and scorekeeper for NPR's weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! will be on hand to deliver a keynote address. You'll even have a chance to win Carl's voice on your voice mail!   


Tickets ($75) are available for purchase at and by calling 413.545.0100 with proceeds to benefit the programs and services of WFCR and all-news WNNZ. 


Producing Sponsor

ST Germaine  


Supporting Sponsors:  

Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C.

Thomson Financial Management 

In This Issue
Arts and Humanities Awards
Visit Provence and Burgundy this Fall
Welcome Peter Chilton
The Joy of Sax FIlm Series
Root for Your Radio
What's on all-news WNNZ
In the Community
Quick Links

Sponsored by
The Davis Financial Group
Set Sail with Cross Culture Journeys and New England Public Radio
Join NEPR's Jill Kaufman for an unforgettable river cruise through Provence and Burgundy

This fall, Cross Culture Journeys and New England Public Radio are jetting off to the south of France for an eight day river boat excursion (September 19 - 30, 2012).

Join the newsroom's Jill Kaufman and other NEPR supporters on the Viking Europe as it sets sail from Avignon. Sail up the Rhône and Saône Rivers as the landscape unfolds before you, from the lavender fields and ochre hills of Provence to Burgundy's vineyards and villages. Disembark at ports large and small, including Monaco, Nice, and Old Lyon, and enjoy all of the region's celebrated culinary cuisine and
sample renowned Burgundy wines.

Book your trip before March 31st and receive free airfare!

For a complete itinerary, click here, or call Cross Culture Journeys at 800-491-1148. Mention New England Public Radio when you call, and a portion of the proceeds from your travel will support the programming on WFCR and WNNZ.  

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NEPR Welcomes Peter Chilton
New Website & Brand Manager brings 12 years experience to the station

Peter Chilton
New England Public Radio is pleased to welcome Website and Brand Manager Peter Chilton. He brings to the station a varied history of working in magazine production, packaging, annual report design, corporate identity, and all areas in between.

Calm, cool, collected. That's what you get when dealing with Peter, a UMass Amherst alumnus who began his design career twelve years ago at a local advertising agency.  Soon-after he launched his own one-man design studio and collected a breadth of clients including retail chains, hospitals and record labels. At the same time, he was pursuing a musical career with two successful rock bands, which allowed him to travel extensively throughout North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia.

In 2007, he began teaching graphic design at the prestigious Hallmark Institute of Photography. Through all of these transpositions, his love for great design has continually shone through in his work. Peter currently resides in Greenfield with his wife Carla, son Wes William Danger, and two dogs, Ruby and Benny. Welcome aboard, Peter! 
Joy of Sax Film Series Continues
In Good Time, The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland this Monday at Amherst Cinema

New England Public Radio, along with the UMass Fine Arts Center and Amherst Cinema, is pleased to pres
ent the next inJoy of Sax the series of films focusing on jazz at the Amherst Cinema on Monday, March 26th at 7pm. Jazz legend Marian McPartland, now 93, is documented in this film that explores her life and career as a pioneering woman jazz musician, composer, and host of NPR's Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz.

There will be live music before the film, and f
ilmmaker Huey will be present, as will Jazz a la Mode host Tom Reney leading a Q+A after the screening. 


"We all know Marian as a great pianist and witty and lively personality who's endeared herself to several generations of fans," says Tom.  "Many of her colleagues are seen in the film, among them Dave Brubeck, the late Billy Taylor, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello, all of whom attest to Marian's adventurousness as a musician and the courage she's displayed as a trail-blazing woman in jazz."

Tickets are available by visiting the Amherst Cinema website.


For more information on the series, please visit      
Root for Your Radio - Success!
$260,000 raised - 2,627 trees planted

Root For Your Radio
Artwork created as part of River of Words in the Connecticut River Watershed in coordination with Marlboro Elementary School 
Thanks to everyone who made a contribution to support New England Public Radio during our recent Root For Your Radio - Make a Pledge, Plant a Tree campaign! Over $262,000 was raised in support of the programming on WFCR and all-news WNNZ, and 2,627 trees will be planted by partner organizations in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont, thanks to you.  For more information on our wonderful partners, including the Connecticut River Watershed Council, please visit our Root For Your Radio webpage. We've also added a list of everyone who made a contribution and asked that a tree be planted in someone special's honor. The list is being updated daily as we sift through the pledge forms, so check back if you don't find yours today.

One of the most enjoyable parts of any on-air fund drive is the opportunity to talk with New England Public Radio listeners when they call in with their contributions. Here are some of the comments you had for us this time:
  •  "I can think of no other service that gives so much for so little. Thank you. -I love the mix of local national and international stories!"  
  • "Inspiration while working in my studio albeit occasionally distracting me from my art!"    
  • "It's the soundtrack of our lives!"   
  • "WFCR is our auditory comfort food!"  
  • "Music and trees - perfect!"  
  • "Support WFCR AND plant trees.. a no brainer..!"  
  • "Classical music!  It is essential to my life.  Thank you so much for keeping it on the air."  
  • "We love WFCR and WNNZ and rely on them for in depth coverage of local and national news.  We are also big fans of NPR programming especially Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! We're happy to support NEPR and applaud your Plant-A-Tree campaign." 
What's on all-news WNNZ
Living on Earth, Saturdays at noon on AM640 & 91.7FM


Living on Earth Host Steve CurwoodInterested in the natural world? Tune in Saturdays at noon for Living on Earth. Hosted by Steve Curwood, Living on Earth presents riveting features and commentary on everything from culture, economics and technology to health, law, food and transportation. It covers topics from the small challenges of everyday life to the future state of the environment and the health and well-being of the world's inhabitants.

Curwood and company draw from an impressive array of experts, commentators and journalists, including Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York's Hayden Planetarium; Mark Hertsgaard, author of "Earth Odyssey"; Janet Raloff of "Science News"; author Sy Montgomery; and award-winning producer Terry Fitzpatrick.


Tune in to Living on Earth every Saturday at 12pm on all-news WNNZ.   

New England Public Radio in the Community

Each year, New England Public Radio sponsors dozens of regional arts and cultural organizations.  Each issue of Of Note Online will feature a listing of the organizations we're sponsoring during the current month.  Click on the links below to find out more about what's happening on the arts and culture scene in western New England.  Many of these groups offer special discounts to contributing listeners through our Community Connection Card program, so be sure to check out the complete list of Community Connection Card participants on our website.


The Academy of Music

Amherst Cinema

Arcadia Players

Berkshire Bach Society
Close Encounters with Music 

The Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts at UConn  

Music In Deerfield

Novi Cantori 

Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival

Springfield Museums 

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra  

The UMass Asian Arts & Culture Program

The UMass Fine Arts Center  


About Us
New England Public Radio delivers exceptional NPR and local news, information, music, and cultural programming on air and online. We are WFCR News and Music at 88.5 FM and at other frequencies throughout the Berkshires. And we are all-news WNNZ at AM 640 and 91.7 FM.