Ang Santos

Reporter

Ang Santos began his career in news journalism at WBGO in January 2014 as an intern. His love for telling stories about Newark's history landed him a position as a feature reporter. Before his time at WBGO, Ang was an overnight jock at Brookdale Public Radio on the Jersey Shore.

Since joining the news team, Ang prides himself on the ability to report on everything in any situation; hyperlocal stories, political conventions, major league sports teams, music. He's contributed reports to WHYY in Philadelphia and NPR news.

Outside of WBGO, Ang enjoys vegan cuisine with his loving girlfriend and tends to the needs of his many cats.

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The city of Paterson has a rich and well-documented industrial history.   On the site that was once the Rogers Locomotive and Machine works plant, is where the Paterson Museum is today.  Giacomo Destefano is the museum director.  He says revolutions in the silk and firearms industries crossed paths not too far away.

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It’s been over two decades since plundering graduation rates, and overall poor performance forced the state to seize control of Newark Public Schools.  In recent years, a combination of state and city led initiatives changed education in Brick City.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie calls the return of local control a watershed moment.

“In the last six years, the accomplishments of this system are very impressive.  The job is certainly not complete, but we’ve made real progress at times in the face of real emotional opposition.”

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Nearly 800,000 people have been approved for the DACA program nationwide since 2012.

“All the talk of us taking away jobs and handouts is not true.”

Sara Moya is a twenty-year-old college student, a millennial, and a DACA recipient.

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Ang Santos:  So Bob, in New York City, which is overwhelmingly Democratic, doesn't the primary carry the weight of the General election?

Bob Hennelly:  Absolutely, with the exception of Staten Island and some pockets in Brooklyn, it’s a sea of blue. And once the candidate gets wins in the primary they can start measuring the drapes for their new offices or old office if they are an incumbent.

AS:  Even though Mayor de Blasio is expected to win handily why is he blitzing the airwaves with commercials? 

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A report from the New York State Comptroller says the amount of jobs in the Big Apple’s tech sector has grown nearly sixty percent in six years. 

“Last year, employment in the tech sector surpassed 280,000 jobs,” said New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.  “Which ranked New York third in the nation after California and Texas.  Since 2010, this sector in New York State as a whole has added more than 57,000 jobs.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the growth of tech job salaries is outpacing other’s in the private sector.

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Governor Chris Christie says the Newark Public Schools district has proven it has the programs, policies, and personnel in place to maintain progress in city schools.

“After more than 20 years of state control the progress made over the last six and a half years will afford the state the opportunity to return the Newark Public Schools to local control.  This is a watershed moment for Newark’s education community.”

Christie says the state board of education will vote next week to approve the transition of control back to Newark Public Schools.

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Dr. Lewis Porter has been busy since penning the biography John Coltrane:  His Life and Music.  Porter, an author, musician, and educator is bringing his extensive knowledge and insight to a new project. 

“What I have are a number of short lessons about individual jazz performers, certain jazz techniques, the origins of be-bop is one of them.”

The first “Deep Dive with Lewis Porter” takes a look at pianist Art Tatum.

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  A pair of industrial fans blow in the gymnasium at West Side High School in Newark.  A yoga instructor introduces the mountain pose to about one-hundred members of the school’s staff.

“We’re going into our ninth year in some city schools,” said Debbie Kaminsky, founder of Newark Yoga Movement.  “We found that after a twenty-minute session of yoga, that 64 percent of students were more peaceful and less stressed.  So with that, we started bringing yoga to more schools in Newark.  It really has traction after we taught over 26,000 students and over 3,000 educators.”

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From exhibitions spotlighting Brazilian culture, to a film festival hosted at the Newark Public Library, there’s a little something for everybody during Brazil week 2017. 

“I’ve been doing this for twenty-five years.  It’s a great thing for the city of Newark because a large population of the Brazilian people here want to show the city who we are.”  said Jose Moreira, president of Newark’s Brazilian Day Festival.  “

Silvana Magda is the curator of various special Brazilian exhibitions around Newark.  In city hall this year, it’s all about female empowerment.

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The magic number so to speak for New Jersey candidates running for Governor is 430,000.  Raising that many dollars is the only way their message will get the exposure brought along with upcoming televised debates.  It’s an uphill climb from the start for third party candidates, fighting for name recognition.

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Shooting Clerks is the biographical retelling of how New Jersey filmmaker Kevin Smith bankrolled his first movie and defied the odds to make an American cult classic.

Scottish filmmaker Christopher Downie set out to include the original cast of Clerks in his biopic.  The original films main character Dante Hicks is played by Brian O’Halloran.  He’s making the rounds at film festivals in support of ‘Shooting Clerks’.  He’s an associate producer of the film and one of many actors from the first film to make a cameo appearance.

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If your landlord knew your apartment infested with rodents and roaches, moldy from water leaks and did little to nothing about it, would you pay your rent?  That was the question for one Newark resident when the bathroom ceiling of her apartment collapsed.

“We’re living worse than squatters.  It’s not fair to us, it’s not fair to our kids, it’s not fair to our neighbors, it’s not right.”

Because of poor living conditions, Yanira Cortes started withholding payments to her landlord.  She’s been in and out of court for several years.

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Think of summer and you think of escape. It’s built into the architecture. Hot sun, summer in the city, escape to the beach, escape to the Cape. And go to the movies to escape the escape.

How about escape the cops? Traditional summer escape movies have crashed and burned by the dozens this summer. 

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Over forty films are screening at Two River Theater in Red Bank from August 11-13.  Movies from all over the world says Nick Marchese, founder of the Monmouth Film Festival.

“You can sit through every film, even if you aren’t interested in the particular topic.  You will say ‘wow, that was a really well done film.’  That’s one of the biggest thing that we focus on at the festival.  We receive tons and tons of submissions and it works down to a program of about 38 shorts and five features.”

One of those films tells the story of a famous Jersey Shore filmmaker.

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Fado is rooted in Portugal.  Its tales are vast, with the power to reduce people to tears.  Nathalie Pires is the first American fado singer to tour internationally, and subject of a new short film, ‘Echoes of Fado’, from Newark based film makers Yuri and Igor Alves.

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New Jersey Attorney General Chris Porrino says almost 4,775 deadly firearms were taken off the streets in a recent two-day gun buyback.  The state’s biggest haul yet.

“1,973 handguns, roughly 1,000 shotguns, roughly a thousand rifles, and 129 assault weapons,” Porrino said

Nearly 900 of those guns were collected from the location in Newark.

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Eating at an American BBQ is where Australian born director Matthew Salleh decided to tackle the reason why people are so fascinated with cooking food over fire.

Republican for Governor Kim Guadagno has picked Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo to succeed her as Lieutenant Governor.  Rendo is wasting no time taking shots at the policies Democrat Phil Murphy is putting forth.

"Phil Murphy has proposed a $75 billion increase in government spending.  He has promised to raise taxes on everyone to pay for everything from government run healthcare to a state run bank.  We know what happened the last time we had an out of touch Goldman Sachs millionaire run this state," Rendo said referring to former NJ democratic governor John Corzine.

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Former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy picks Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver to be his Lieutenant Governor on November’s Democratic gubernatorial ticket.

“Sheila Oliver shares my vision for a state that once again is fair, is just, is welcoming, is inclusive, and has an economy that not only grows, but ensures that everyone can participate in that growth,” Murphy said.  “Sheila has the breadth of experience needed to meaningfully contribute to turn our state around.”

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Over 60 films are screening at various locations across Red Bank, New Jersey this week.  Along with those movies are a string of community events.  Jay Webb co-founder of the Indie Street Film Festival says they find creative ways for moviegoers to mingle with filmmakers.

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Media coverage of the 1967 Newark Rebellion depicted chaos in New Jersey’s largest city, but many people who were there say some major inaccuracies were reported as fact.

“Sniper Fire from open windows kills two policemen a fire captain shot in the back while answering a false alarm and several bystanders. Officials say the snipers, some not believed to be Newark residents use guns stolen from a local rifle factory.  Even machine guns were used,” said one movie house newsreel following the Newark riots.

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The BEACH ACT requires the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that   the most up to date standards are being used to test beach water for contaminants.  Congressman Frank Pallone says right now that’s not happening.

“Most of the time it takes about twenty-four hours.  Our bill would allow for four hours, or try to mandate a four-hour test so people would know even quicker,” Pallone said. Then they can go on the website or they can find out from the media whether they can swim in a particular location.  Then when it’s cleaned up, they know that it is and they can go back.”

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  Jazz at Lincoln Center will honor three greats this week as part of the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame Festival.   

McCoy Tyner, the late Don Redman, and Tito Peunte are the latest inductees to the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.  Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is hosting three nights of curated sets starting tonight.  Seton Hawkins oversees the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.

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The Newark Rebellion monument is blocks away from the old 4th precinct, where the riots and protest began.  Over one-hundred people gathered to pay their respects to the 26 lives lost during the uprising. 

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Democrat Phil Murphy says it’s too late for Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno to propose new ideas to help New Jersey’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.

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The fight over the city of Newark’s secretary to the Board of Education appointee in 1967, stemmed from the Mayor promising somebody the job, while the majority African American community called for somebody else.  Don Melafronte was Mayor Hugh Addonizio’s chief of staff.

“The job at the board of ed, the secretary to the board of education was essentially a political job.  He was essentially the administrator of the budget and some other stuff at the board of ed.  It had zero to do with curriculum.”

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Before the 1967 Newark Rebellion, Mayor Hugh Addonizio was getting ready to sign off on a project that would have used one-hundred-and-fifty acres of the city's central ward to erect a state of the art medical school. WBGO's Ang Santos took a stroll with Junius Williams, the director of the Abbot Leadership Institute at Rutgers-Newark, who says that plan would have destroyed the heart of the Newark community.  

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Speaking from a MTA conference seeking solutions to New York City’s aging infrastructure, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s system under a state of emergency.

“The delays are maddening New Yorkers.  They are infuriated by a lack of communication, unreliability, and now accidents.   Just three days ago we literally had a train come off of the tracks.  It’s a perfect metaphor for the dysfunction of the entire system,” Cuomo said.

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Nico Hischier is soaking in the celebrity that comes with being a New Jersey Devil.

“I knew it from the beginning that I’m joining a great organization with a lot of history.  I’m really happy to be a Devil,” said Hischier.  “After being drafted, it’s been crazy.  I can’t really believe it.  It’s one thing to the other and it’s just amazing to be here and special.  When I stepped into the rink it’s pretty cool and the locker room is awesome as well.”

New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes welcomes the 18-year-old Swiss player.

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Saxophone legend Sonny Rollins is attaching his legacy to Harlem in a big way.  He’s donated a life’s worth of writings, recordings and other materials to The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library.  Rollins recently sat down with Jazz Night In America’s Christian McBride and NPR’s Audie Cornish to talk about it.

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