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May/June 2013 

Of Note Online

New England Public Radio's e-newsletter

Issue No. 21            

U.S. Senate candidates Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez will debate in Springfield on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. You can hear the debate live on WFCR beginning at 7 p.m.



Western New England is finally in bloom! We hope you're enjoying our lush green surroundings and taking advantage of the budding local produce in your favorite market. We also hope you're tuning in for the wonderful variety of music, news and entertainment you count on from New England Public Radio, while you're working in your garden, firing up the grill, or taking a long summer afternoon drive!


It may be summertime, but NEPR is still here for you, providing the background to your day, keeping you informed and getting local with broadcasts from the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood (beginning July 7), daily news about your town from our newsroom, and beginning June 4, the chance to win one of five unique mini-getaways from the Berkshires to Boston!


Thanks for listening,


Vanessa Cerillo

Marketing and Communications Director  

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra on WFCR
Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m.       

Six programs of electrifying, festive, smashing, passionate and

genius-filled music remain as New England Public Radio continues its decades-long tradition of broadcasts of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra on the weekend airwaves.


Join maestro Kevin Rhodes, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and an impressive roster of instrumental and vocal soloists for world-class music making - from right in your backyard. The broadcasts can be heard, with one exception, on Sunday afternoons starting at 1:00, and feature conversations on each selection between Kevin Rhodes and John Montanari.


On the June 2 broadcast, American pianist Ralph Votapek (Kevin Rhodes's teacher!) celebrates the 50th anniversary of his victory in the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition with the work he played on that occasion, Sergei Prokofiev's ultra-exciting Concerto No. 3.


For a complete schedule, click here.       

In This Issue
We've updated our streaming
Mini Drive
U.S. Senate Debate on WFCR
Underwriter Highlight
Arts & Humanities Awards Review
In the Community
Quick Links
Staff Contacts

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We've updated our streaming!
Follow these step by step instructions to transition with us!  
Upgraded streaming means you get better sound quality, and easier access to WFCR and all-news WNNZ on all of your devices and players including iPads and iPhones, and Android.

Visit our Streaming FAQ page to learn more about how to upgrade along with us.

If you currently listen to NEPR's streaming on an external player (iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc.), your old stream will stop working on June 1. To refresh your stream, visit and click on the MP3 button to re-launch in your preferred player.

Questions? Email our webmaster at

Win a VIP Package to See Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! at Tanglewood   

NEPR's Mini Drive Begins June 4 


On June 4, we'll kick off our Mini Drive with a chance to win a Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! VIP Package including a pair of great seats to see the show live at Tanglewood this summer, backstage passes to meet the cast and accommodations at the Apple Tree Inn in Lenox the night of the show! (The winner of this package will also receive a $200 gas card from F. L. Roberts.)
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We'll be giving away a mini-getaway prize every day, plus an iPad Mini every morning during Morning Edition - stay tuned for your chance to win!


89.5 FM Brings NEPR's All-News Station to Southern Berkshire County 

The latest in NEPR's expansion to Berkshire County 


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Downtown Great Barrington, MA 

South County listeners, it's time to update your car radio presets! Great Barrington and southern Berkshire County have a new public radio station, 89.5 FM WNNU. The new station is part of NEPR's all-news network (along with AM640 and 91.7FM in Franklin County), featuring Morning Edition and All Things Considered, in addition to shows like On Point, Tell Me More and The World that cover topics from art to science, and technology to business, every weekday. Check out the full line up here: (click on the WNNZ schedule tab).


Looking for WFCR's signature brand of news, classical and jazz in the Berkshires? You can find it on 88.5FM WFCR, and at 101.1 FM in Adams and North Adams, 98.7 FM in Great Barrington, 98.3 FM in Lee, 106.1 FM in Pittsfield and Lenox, and 96.3 FM Williamstown.   


More expansion in Berkshire County is coming in 2014 when NEPR will put 98.9 FM WNNI on the air as part of the all-news network. That signal will cover northern Berkshire County from Adams to Williamstown to Pittsfield.  

U.S. Senate Debate in Springfield Live on WFCR 

Tune in Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m.    


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Gabriel Gomez
Ed Markey 

On Tuesday, June 11, Democratic U.S. Congressman Ed Markey and Cohasset businessman Gabriel Gomez will square off at WGBY-TV studios in downtown Springfield in a standard-format debate hosted by WGBY-TV's Jim Madigan. You can listen live on WFCR beginning at 7p.m. 


The debate is hosted by the Western Massachusetts Media Consortium, which includes New England Public Radio along with several other regional media outlets.


Twenty tickets to attend the debate will be available to the public. The tickets will be given out for free on a first-come, first-serve basis at the offices of The Republican newspaper, 1860 Main Street, Springfield, from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. beginning on June 5. 

Underwriter Highlight      

The School of Education at UMass Amherst  


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The School of Education at UMass Amherst  prepares leaders in educational policy, research and practice through internationally recognized programs of study  and outreach initiatives, such as 180 Days in Springfield, that inspire educators, students and families to transform the world through the power of education.


As an underwriter, the School of Education acknowledges that New England Public Radio's listeners are collaborators who share the belief that education improves outcomes for every individual, at every stage of life. Learn more about the School of Education, support it, or become a part of it!

Arts & Humanities Awards Gala Review

A good time was had by all!    

The views of the valley from the gardens of the Log Cabin were incredible, as we celebrated the
2013 A&H Recipents
L to R: Will Shortz, June Millington. Michael Mucci, Martin Miller, Paul Phillips, Priscilla Kane Hellweg 
beginning of spring, and
the recipients of the 2013 Arts & Humanities Awards high atop Mount Tom on May 7. Over 275 guests joined in the festivities and enjoyed a wonderful array of performances from the recipients, in addition to a rousing round of puzzles with NPR's Puzzlemaster, Will Shortz.

Congratulations again to June Millington, Michael Mucci, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, and Enchanted Circle Theater! Check out photos from the event here.
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 in the arts and culture scene in western New England. 


Amherst Cinema 

Arcadia Players 

Hampshire Choral Society 

Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts   

Music In Deerfield   

Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra  

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 in the Berkshires at 101.1 FM in Adams and North Adams, 98.7 FM in Great Barrington, 98.3 FM in Lee, 106.1 FM in Pittsfield and Lenox, and 96.3 FM Williamstown. And we are all-news WNNZ at AM 640, 91.7 FM in Franklin County and 89.5FM in Southern Berkshire County.