WWOZ would like to thank all of our new & renewing members, show hosts, musicians, volunteers, staff, engineers and food donors for a stunningly successful Fall Membership Drive! You've all helped guard the groove and keep New Orleans community radio bringing you the music and culture you love. Bravo, 'OZ Nation!
Check out our photo highlights of all the exciting performers and guests, hardworking staff and volunteers, and delicious food from each day of the drive!
From the bottom of our music-filled heart, a huge WWOZ thank you goes to:
WWOZ has so many people to thank for helping out during the drive, but first and foremost we must thank all of our dedicated volunteer Show Hosts. You are the heart and soul of the station.
Adam Troisi, Adrienne Altman, Aimee Shultz, Allison Petit, Ashley E. Martin, Bernadette Hines, Betty Jane Schlater, Cammie Hill-Prewitt, Carla Talevi, Carol Badilla, Cassandra Contreras, Charles Paul, Cherie Eues, Chris Beattie, Christina Rigaud, Clarissa Koederitz, Danielle Blake, Danielle Small, Dave Lewis, David Foote, Dennis Good, Emily Stowell, Eshyah Selig, Gerry Christoff, Grace Perrine, Hunter Daniel, Hunter King, James Appello, James Henderson, James Morrisey, Jan Janz, Jeremy Miller, Jill Sternheimer, Joan Judycki, Joel Nitzkin, John Caulkins, John Titsworth, Kaitlin Ryan, Karen Scott, Kat Coneybear, Lawson Key, Lisa Bacques, Maia Jackson, Matt Devitt, Michel Gagnier, Michelle Erenberg, Nancy White, Paulette McCrary, Peter Kastl, Phyllis Nitzkin, Renee Dodge, Rick Wilkof, Robin Bordelon, Ruth Marinello, Sharon Kohl, Sissy Wiggin, Sonia Gasparini, Stacey Cunningham, Steve Walden, Sophie Nuke'em aka Abby Vandeerlin, Sunshine Bond, Therese Carter, Todd Lupberger, Trash aka Shena Mullins, Tricia Sperier, Veronica Cromwell
Sharon Armstrong, Bradley "Trout Meunière" Blanchard, Scott "Big Money" Borne, Bill Bowman, Good Golly Miss Molly Cobb, SherriLynn Colby-Bottel, Laura Dedleaux, Jaime Del'Appa, Cousin Dimitri, Renee Dodge, CJ Dunn, Dean Ellis, Andrea Forman, Crystal "Ginger Snap" Gross, Ariana Hall, James Henderson, Chessa "Chesstosterone" Johnson, Lisa "The Kitten" Kavanaugh, Trumpet Mike Kobrin, Jerry Lenaz, Stacey Morigeau, Bob Murat, Diana Pinckley, Renard Poché, Sweet Johnny Ray, AJ "The Boudin Man" Rodrigue, Linda Santi, Jordan Stewart, Anna Temple, Andrew Ward, Rob Weiss, Linda "The Big Red Woman" Wright
Caesar Elloie, Alvin Ford, Chris Severin, Thaddeus Richard, Kermit Ruffins, David Torkanowsky, Peter Harris, Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter Jr., Phil Parnell Jazz Trio, Country Fried, Gypsy Elise & the Royal Blues, Johnny Sansone, Colin Lake, The Charmaine Neville Band, Lynn Drury, Paul Longstreth, Honey Island Swamp Band, John Fohl, Gene Harding, Mike Kobrin, Craig Klein, Jimmy Carpenter, Luke Allen, Norbert Slama, Carl Keith, Spike Perkins, The High Ground Drifters, Jack Brass Band, We Are One Brass Band, Young Fellaz Brass Band, Jayna Morgan and the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band with Trixie Minx, Seth Walker, Bone Tone Brass Band, Aaron Fletcher, John Boutté, Todd Duke
La Boulangerie, Izzy's Cajun Kitchen, Mother's Restaurant, New Orleans Cake Cafe, Crabby Jack's, Whole Foods, Shaggy's Boil Inc. Seafood and Catering, Lazaro's Pizza, Nirvana Indian Cuisine, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Uptown, George's Produce, The Kupcake Factory, CC's Coffeehouse, J'Anita's at the Avenue Pub, Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Croissant D'or Patisserie, La Divina Gelateria, Oceana Grill, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, Mona Lisa Restaurant, Martinique Bistro, The Joint, Tee-Evas, Slim Goodies, The Country Club, St. James Cheese Shop, Baby's Coffee, Brown's Dairy, Coca Cola Bottling Co of Louisiana, Kentwood Water, Cool Brew Coffee
David Weinberg, Anna Temple, Gene Harding, Zena Moses
With special thanks to Molly Cobb and Eliza Llewellyn
The Bone Tone Brass Band kicked off opening day of our Fall Membership Drive. Later in the afternoon, 'OZ host David Torkanowsky performed during his "Blues Ball" show along with saxophonist Aaron Fletcher. "Treme" theme song composer and singer extraordinaire John Boutté lent his blessed vocal tones to the cause, accompanied by guitarist Todd Duke. Chef Coy LeBeau of the Country Club provided a culinary highlight with his eggplant Napoleon and succulent pork loin.
A trio of brass bands kept things rollin' along just right on day two. We were also treated to a visit from Jayna Morgan and the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band, with the beautiful Trixie Minx gliding around the performance studio in full burlesque regalia to entertain onlookers. Seth Walker dropped by in the afternoon for an acoustic performance as well.
What a day! Our show hosts were reaching their goals and beyond, thanks to listener support. Charmaine Neville and her band started off the day with a couple of tunes in the live broadcast studio. Lynn Drury stopped by in the early afternoon to sing a few solo acoustic tunes, and pianist Paul Longstreth visited T.R. Johnson's show to tickle the ivories in the broadcast studio. Also on hand performing were members of the Honey Island Swamp Band along with special guests John Fohl, Jimmy Carpenter, Craig Klein, Mike Kobrin, and Gene Harding, who churned out some bluesy numbers during Marc Stone's show.
Another fantastic day for 'OZ! We had some very special guests stop by to talk about the importance of supporting New Orleans music, including Renard Poché and Washboard Chaz. Country Fried, Gypsy Elise & the Royal Blues, and Jumpin' Johnny Sansone with Colin Lake all provided some great live music for listeners, staff and volunteers.
The final day of our Fall Drive proved to be an exciting one, with an early morning guest appearance by singer Caesar Elloie. Kermit Ruffins also stopped by to perform with David Torkanowsky on piano, Johnny Vidacovich on drums, and Peter Harris on bass. Kermit even improvised a blues using our pledge hotline number, and Basin Street Records generously gave away 5 copies of Kermit's upcoming CD to some high-rolling pledgers. Later in the day, Torkanowsky backed up bassist George Porter Jr. on a few tunes, including another rendition of our pledge number. Talk show host and "Simpsons" voice-actor Harry Shearer also stopped in to make his pledge and help convince listeners to do the same.