WBGO (88.3 FM, "Jazz 88") is a publicradio station broadcasting from Newark, New Jersey with its transmission system located on top of 4 Times Square in New York City. The station primarily plays jazz music. In addition the station airs public affairs programming, locally produced newscasts, traffic reports from Metro Traffic during morning and afternoon rush hours, and NPR-produced newscasts and programming.
Until 2008 WBGO was, with smooth jazz station WQCD/101.9 FM, one of two major FM jazz stations in the New York metropolitan area. That changed when Emmis Communications decided to change WQCD's format to rock and its call letters to WRXP, leaving WBGO as the New York area's only jazz station. While WBGO's base of operations remains in Newark, NJ, the station's broadcast antenna and transmission system moved to Midtown Manhattan on December 30, 2011.
The station was originally owned by the Newark Board of Education and had studios in Central High School. Studios and offices are now located at 54 Park Place in downtown Newark. It is also available as a web radio station, with both a live stream and on-demand replay of shows.