We thought about what WWOZ would be like without our wonderful listeners and supporters. You are the reason we get out of bed to come into the studio on cold and rainy mornings. You are the ones we think about when we sit down at Jazzfest to interview the great musicians who have just finished their sets. You are the ones we come to and ask for support during fund drives. You are the ones who gave us a reason to go on the air after the levees broke.
Community radio is just what the words say and here at WWOZ we are so thankful that our community extends far beyond the borders of Orleans Parish. WWOZ continues to grow. New listeners find us everyday. Our trips to far off places, to bring you some of the best Jazz Festivals in the country, have introduced us to new Jazz fans and, in turn, they have discovered WWOZ and our commitment to the music and culture of New Orleans and the music we call Jazz.
We want you to know that in this season where people show their love for each other, we love you, the members of our WWOZ family. Happy Valentine's Day.
This Is What You've Been Telling Us About WWOZ
* Christine T from Reading PA says: "My soul lives in New Orleans, but my body lives in Pennsylvania. Is there anything I can do to help?" We took Christine up on her offer and she saved us a lot of time with her work from afar on the Top Ten lists we put up last month.
* Bill and Pat from Galveston said: "We love the music, show hosts, the live broadcasts and the way OZ supports the local musicians and music clubs. OZ is New Orleans. When we are away from the city, listening via the internet stream maintains our connection." Here's a picture of them on Mardi Gras Day with Dr. John.
We Love to hear from you so, keep 'em coming.
Derek Tabb is a drummer in the Rebirth Brass Band, one of New Orleans premier groups. After the storm he overheard someone say, "if you aren't part of the solution, you're part of the problem." His solution is to put together the city's largest marching band comprised of middle schools students from twenty different schools. He is bringing together veteran music educators as well as the community to help him with his "solution." That's why we love what he's doing. Come take a closer look at Derek's plans.
In a new on-line feature we will be asking each of our show hosts the same three questions. You will get a chance to learn more about our hosts and what makes them and the music they present so special. You can also catch up on former show hosts that have recently left New Orleans.
K. Balewa host of the Wednesday morning Morning Set is the first one we asked the three questions.
What is the best new CD you have heard that is outside the genre you play on your show?
WWOZ show hosts were out there enjoying Carnival. Check out their blogs to find out what parades and parties they attended and watch a video from the WWOZ truck in the Zulu parade.
WWOZ StreetTalk: The Voice Of New Orleans Culture
Mardi Gras = Time to Costume
When you live in New Orleans, you have to know a thing or two about costuming. A handful of New Orleanians explain how it's done, what it means, and why it's so darn important. Visit our website to listen and learn more.
From 4 until 7p.m. New Orleans Time, Judy Wood's Wednesday Jazz from the Market on February 13th will have a Valentine special called Matters of the Heart. She will feature recent releases about love, joy, setting the mood for Valentine's Day.
An Ernie K-Doe special will be held on the Wednesday February 20th Kitchen Sink Show. Special guests will be joining AJ Rodrigue to celebrate the Emperor of the Universe's birthday. K-Doe always proclaimed that he was born on the 22nd day of the 2nd month so we'll begin celebrating a couple of days before his actual birthday. Fun and K-Doe stories will be shared on AJ's show.
There is nothing that goes hand in hand with the observance of Lent in Louisiana like crawfish. They normally come into season around the beginning of February and are at their peak a couple of months later. Here's a well known local dish done the local way. Check our recipe page on the OZ web site for Crawfish Etouffee, from a New Orleans listener.
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