Music Genre(s): New Orleans
After hosting the 2 - 4 p.m. blues slot on Monday afternoons for the last couple of years, Keith Hill has recently begun filling the Monday "New Orleans Music Show" void left by the late Don "Moose" Jamison.
"I viewed Moose as my mentor, along with Mike Gourrier," said the soft-spoken Keith. "Moose probably would have wanted me to take over his spot. Some of my best memories are seeing artists like Dave Bartholomew and Cyril Neville on his show week after week, and listening to him tell stories."
Keith grew up outside of New Orleans in Boutte. He still makes his living out in the river parishes, as a technician in one of the manufacturing plants. His interest in music dates back to singing in a choir as a kid and listening to the pre-Motown, New Orleans soul 45s of Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe and Lee Dorsey that he now spins on his weekly broadcast.
Keith began volunteering at the station in 1996, helping out with live remotes and filling in for hosts on blues, gospel and even the Irish show. He landed the Monday blues slot ("Blues With A Feeling" from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.), mixing blues and R&B, in 1997. He tries to get to the Monterey Jazz Festival and the International Association of Jazz Educators convention every year. He has also traveled to Cuba with the WWOZ recording crew twice.
"WWOZ is the true heartbeat of New Orleans music," says Keith. "We're preserving the music culture others have neglected."
Congratulations to Keith Hill, on the air since 1997!