In backyards across New Orleans, the 100 members of BYO gather to tell stories that are live, unscripted, and true to the teller. Last Saturday night, we featured a recording of Elizabeth Steeby's story of guns, guts and a woman's rite of passage.
As part of WWOZ’s continuing effort to align staffing for the media world of 2016 and beyond, Scott Borne has been promoted to Director of Music. The semantic change from his previous title, Music Director, indicates that his duties now extend to supervision of music across all platforms, including live recordings and broadcasts, online audio and artist relations.
"There have been any number of official and semi-official 'live' Professor Longhair recordings issued since the pianist’s untimely passing in 1980, but this record offers incontrovertible evidence of the power and drive of the mid-70s edition of Fess’s band with Billy Gregory featured prominently on guitar." -John Sinclair
Our 28th Piano Night happened on Monday, April 25, 2016. Longtime WWOZ programming director Dwayne Breashears was named a WWOZ Guardian of the Groove, an honor bestowed on those who play a significant role in preserving and enhancing the culture of New Orleans. This was part of Dwayne's last week at the station.