Hello New Orleanians, hello listeners around the globe !
I wonder how all of you experience the change of format at OZ ?!
Since i listen every day for years now i noticed that there are considerable less live appearances in the studio during regular shows. It feels almost as if the local musicians would avoid OZ !??
Hardly do i remember when it was last time that Kermit dropped in at Bob's show, Charmaine usually seemed to be in every now and then. But most of all I am missing the often unexpected live performances !!
The last fund drive for that matter was a big disappointment.
While fund drive times originally were hard to bear it lately turned into the opposite when every showhost turned up with her/his "special offer". Instead of switching off [yes - guilty ;-) ] i was glued to my pc for hours.
That was abandoned all of a sudden with the last fund drive.
Well looking back it was not all that sudden:
In February The Vibes were canceled without further notice and i really was shocked when even the Breakfast Jams at Jazz Fest - which from a listener's perspective had been an integral element of Jazz Fest (broadcast)- were canceled too. (still don't get it)
Neither do i understand that nor do i appreciate it !
While i enjoyed the broadcast from Voodoo Fest to the max it was awesome when J.J. Grey came in later to do an acoustic set on OZ !
That was like being invited to the party after the show.
Honestly - which station can offer only half of that ?!
Among the many artists to remember are the Holmes Brothers, members from the Neal family (think it was Little Ray's band) and "typical" OZ a band that did not have a name at the time of appearance.
(who of you listened LAMP March 24, 2006 ?)
All that makes the true spirit of OZ.
And for all that you got recognized among others by the Rolling Stone.
This and other votes were purely on what you did so far *in* NOLA *for* NOLA.
And we are happy that you shared this great experience with us but
who wants to take that away ?
If it does not happen in NOLA it does not happen at all anymore.
That makes me very sad to say the least !
Really imho it looks like
someone desperately tries to shoot both his feet !
WWOZ you are drifting away.
Get me right: i do not mind you generally broadcasting from elsewhere, but not either...or.
There is a substantial difference between full live broadcasts of big events and the in-studio intimacy - there is no competing against each other !
Studio production is your core business do not neglect it and do not make it a poor cousin !
Actually what is lacking lately made OZ what it is known for today !
Do not discredit the legend.
I like to ask each and everyone of you - listeners, musicians, showhosts, friends - to step up and let us know what you think about it.
For roughly 15 years i know OZ and this time changes do not look good.