humidcityloki (humidcityloki) wrote in wwoz_90_7fm,

Two Years Later: An Update

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Dear 'OZillians ,

We'll always remember where we were two years ago today.

I'm writing to you to share some of the progress we've made since then and to encourage you to commemorate the two-year anniversary of Katrina with a gift to WWOZ.

When Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005, WWOZ’s fall membership drive was just weeks ahead of us. Our coffers were low and suddenly we found ourselves without access to the offices and studio, and not knowing if the radio tower was still standing. There was no indication of when we would be allowed back into the city to survey the damage. There was no way to conduct the fall drive.

In those bleak days and weeks following the storm and subsequent flooding, we didn’t know if WWOZ would survive. Fast forward to today. Two years post-Katrina, you and I know that ‘OZ not only survived, but has thrived to heights we never could have predicted back then.

You and your fellow ‘OZillians made the difference. You came to our aid when WWOZ needed it most and we dedicate every day to returning that favor with the music and information we provide to you on-air and via our new and improved website.

Street Talk, ‘OZ’s tell-it-like-it-is cultural news service, was directly inspired by the lack of information and misinformation circulated about New Orleans after Katrina. WWOZ has always served as the voice of New Orleans culture and as a source of information about the music community, and now that role is more important than ever.

WWOZ’s Street Talk reporters are hard at work gathering and sharing stories of New Orleans recovery and renaissance, like the one about the reopening of Willie Mae’s Scotch House (home of “the world’s best fried chicken”), and the recent “The Wild Mohicans” feature, a glimpse at one Mardi Gras Indian tribe and how they are working with other tribes to keep the tradition alive in New Orleans.

There is still much work to do, but it is important to recognize that New Orleans and WWOZ have come a long way in two years. Your pledge today will help us continue to make progress in our mission to preserve the culture and vitality of New Orleans.

Yours in cultural continuity,

David Freedman
WWOZ General Manager

P.S. Every dollar makes a difference. Thank you again for doing your part.

Please Pledge or Renew now to support WWOZ 90.7fm
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