nepr logo

November 2012 

Of Note Online

New England Public Radio's e-newsletter


Issue No. 16       



Now that the fund drive has wrapped (thank you!), the election is over, and the leaves are off the trees, we look forward to cozy days spent by the radio, enjoying beautiful classical music, heart-warming stories from StoryCorps (the National Day of Listening is coming up on November 23), and of course, your daily dose of news about the fiscal cliff... Click here to brush up on all the economic terms you hear in the news with Clip It, a web feature from NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax. Marilyn's latest breakdown: key words associated with the fiscal cliff.

And just in case you missed it on Morning Edition today, here's Susan Stamberg and Lynn Rosetto Kasper talking relish - just in time for Thanksgiving!

Thanks for listening and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Vanessa Cerillo

Director of Marketing and Communications 

A Roman Holiday with Sylvia Poggioli
Visit Italy Next April with NEPR
sylvia poggioli
NPR's Sylvia Poggioli
What could be better than enjoying a fabulous Italian dinner in Rome with NPR's Sylvia Poggioli? She'll be picking the restaurant, and entertaining a group of New England Public Radio listeners accompanying CEO and General Manager, Martin Miller on our next trip abroad.

In addition to dinner in Rome with Ms. Poggioli, you'll visit the beautiful resort town of Como in the Italian Lake District; discover Siena's narrow Gothic streets and magnificent palaces, and tour Florence, the "Cradle of the Italian Renaissance."

Click here for more details on the trip, or contact Kate Dempsey at Going Places, our travel partner at 413.534.3800 or
NEPR and The Berkshire Bach Society Present Bach at New Year's  
Join us on December 30 at the Academy of Music in Northampton

Kenneth Cooper conducts the Berkshire Bach Ensemble

For the first time, The Berkshire Bach Society will bring its signature Bach at New Year's program to the Pioneer Valley with a concert at the Academy of Music in Northampton on December 30 at 3:00 PM. New England Public Radio is proud to co-present the afternoon concert featuring The Berkshire Bach Ensemble, led by the world-renowned harpsichordist, Kenneth Cooper.


The musical party will include Bach's Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 2 and 3, the latter in Berkshire Bach's own special version with lots of winds, an idea that originated with the old master himself. For more information on the program, click here.    


Tickets ($45, $35, $20) are available through the Academy of Music Box Office. Please call 413.584.9032 x105 or visit    


New England Public Radio Community Connection Card holders (donors at the $60 level and up) and Berkshire Bach Society members receive $5 off a maximum of two tickets. Students free with ID.    

In This Issue
A Roman Holiday
Bach at New Year's
What's on all-news WNNZ
Meet the interns
Fund Drive Success
Underwriter Highlight
In the Community
Quick Links
Staff Contacts

Find us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter

Valley Gives 
New England Public Radio is excited to participate in Valley Gives Day on 12.12.12!

Bad weather can sometimes knock WFCR and WNNZ off the air when you need us most. A back-up generator at our tower site will fix this problem and allow us to serve you better in emergencies. All funds raised through Valley Gives will go towards the purchase of a back up generator for NEPR. 

You can schedule your gift today by clicking here!

Sponsored by
The Davis Financial Group
Splendid Table Turkey
Slow Roast Turkey with 40 Cloves of Garlic

What's On all-news WNNZ, AM 640 & 91.7 FM   

The Splendid Table, Saturdays at 11 a.m. 


With the election over, we can now turn our attention to November's second most important day - November 22 - Thanksgiving!

Whether you're in charge of cooking a feast for dozens, or have been asked to bring a side dish or dessert, The Splendid Table has you covered! Tune in Saturday at 11 a.m., or click here to visit the Splendid Table's special Thanksgiving page for some incredible Thanksgiving recipes like Slow-Roast Turkey with 40 Cloves of Garlic and White Wine Pan Gravy, Butternut 'Pumpkin' Pie, Cornbread Pudding with Rough Country Greens and Oven-Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Autumn Fruits.

Let us know what you served up on Thanksgiving on Facebook!


Who will be honored with a 2013 Arts & Humanities Award?     

It's up to you! 


Gary Bernice
Gary Bernice leads his band at the 2012 Arts & Humanities Awards Gala in May 
New England Public Radio is officially accepting nominations for the 2013 Arts & Humanities Awards through January 7, 2013. Click here to submit your favorite local artist, organization or emerging talent.

Last year we were thrilled to honor The Young@Heart Chorus, glass artist Josh Simpson, and Gary Bernice, Director of Bands at The Springfield High School of Science and Technology. We had a wonderful time celebrating with them at the sold out Arts & Humanities Awards Gala, and are looking forward to seeing who's nominated this year!


For more information, visit or call 413.545.0100.

Meet the NEPR Interns 2012 Fall Interns
Students get some real world experience at their local public radio station
This fall, New England Public Radio has taken on five interns: Ben Lambert (UMass), Matt Perry (UMass), Sophie Westacott (Smith College),
Mark Iofescu (Hampshire College graduate) and Esther Suh (Smith College).

Esther has taken the lead on the station's social media for the Marketing Department (join us on Facebook and Twitter to see what she's up to!), where Matt also works on audio production with Katie Wright, Producer of On-air Marketing. Ben and Mark are working to record special events and lectures for NEPR's latest venture, AudioFiles, and Sophie Westacott has been shadowing reporters in the news department and researching story ideas. 


Internships are available at New England Public Radio throughout the year. To learn more, click here.

Over $324,000 contributed in October 
Thanks for your contribution during iPledge! 

Thanks to everyone who contributed during our fall fund drive! Over $324,000 was raised in support of programming and we welcomed 645 new donors to our community of supporting listeners. We would not be here without you - you make public radio possible. Thank you!


During our iPledge fund drive, we gave away an iPad a day, along with a few brand new iPad Minis, some iPod Shuffles, and a week in Newport, Rhode Island. Congratulations to our winners:  George Maston, Jayma Hall, Laura Kaplan, Alan Gilburg, Carol Pope, Jennifer Bourgeois, Alicia Brown, Sarah Pick, Jeanne Anthony, Virginia Kendall, Carol Spelman, Lisa Fiano, Judith Horan, Belden Merims, Margaret Fasulo, Janice Henderson, Patrick Fleming, Jan Jones, Janice Tucker and Brian Bowden. 

yes computers logo


And special thanks to Yes Computers for helping to make iPledge a success.   



New England Public Radio's Underwriter Highlight      

Valley Home Improvement


 Valley Home Improvement logo

This month, New England Public Radio is very pleased to acknowledge Valley Home Improvement with many thanks for over 15 years of generous underwriting support. Valley Home Improvement has been in business for over 21 years. They specialize in residential design/build remodeling, with a focus on kitchens, baths, additions, and interiors.    


"Undoubtedly, WFCR and WNNZ represent the best public radio has to offer," says Steven Silverman, Vice President of Valley Home Improvement. "Valley Home Improvement spreads this same message  of quality to  prospective remodeling clients through our long time association with public radio."


Click here for more information on Valley Home Improvement
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 features 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. 


Arcadia Players

Berkshire Bach Society 

Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts   

Music In Deerfield   

Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra   

Springfield Public Forum  

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra   

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.