[Wednesday, September 17, 2008 – Amherst, MA] Officials at 88.5FM WFCR-NPR news and music for western New England announce today that Karen Brown is one of nine reporters selected from around the country for the 2008 Kaiser Media Fellowship, sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The fellowship allows her to spend the next eight months focusing on health reform in Massachusetts. Brown's work will result in indepth reports for WFCR, WNNZ and other media outlets.
[Thursday, September 04, 2008 – Amherst, MA] Officials at 88.5FM WFCR-NPR news and music for western New England-announced today the appointment of their new Marketing and Communications Director, Vanessa Langevin Cerillo.
"We're delighted to have Vanessa on board," said Jerry S. Moore, director of development, within who's department Cerillo will work. "Filling this important position is exciting for WFCR," he continued, "and, while it took a long and steady search, Vanessa's the perfect match."
[September 3, 2008-Amherst, MA] 88.5 FM WFCR and 640 AM WNNZ, NPR News and Music for Western New England, will present the complete 2007-2008 season of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, beginning Sunday September 7 at noon on 88.5 FM WFCR and continuing each Sunday afternoon through October 19, 2008.
[August 26, 2008-Amherst, MA] 88.5 FM WFCR and 640 AM WNNZ, NPR News and Music for Western New England, will broadcast special coverage during the two weeks of the Democratic and Republican national conventions. August 25-28, 88.5 FM WFCR will carry live coverage each evening from 8 to 11 PM from the Democratic convention in Denver. September 1-4, also from 8- 11 PM, live coverage will be broadcast from the Republican convention in St. Paul. In addition, special programming will be carried on 640 AM WNNZ.
[August 20, 2008-Amherst, MA] 88.5 FM WFCR and 640 AM WNNZ, NPR News and Music for Western New England, UMass Amherst Outreach and the Basketball Hall of Fame announce that StoryCorps' mobile recording booth is coming to Western Massachusetts. It will be at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield from August 28 to September 20. StoryCorps booths have traveled across the US, recording conversations in over 100 locations in 48 states and conducting more than 20,000 interviews, in the largest oral history project of its kind.
[July 17, 2008-Amherst, MA] Officials at public radio stations 88.5FM WFCR and 640AM WNNZ- -NPR news and music for western New England–announced today that fundraising for their 2008 Fiscal Year (July, 2007 – June, 2008) was remarkably successful given the stresses in the economy at large.
"Several factors played into the success of this past year's individual giving," said director of development Jerry S. Moore reflecting on the budgetary requirement for the year of $1.68M for which the station was shy just $19,000 at the close of June.