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What Does WWOZ Mean to You?

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It takes me "home"

I first saw New Orleans during the beautiful spring of 2012. Even though I turned the car for home five days later, my heart never left. My soul, I discovered, has always been there. I've made at least an annual pilgrimage back since then, but WWOZ keeps me going the rest of the year, until the day I don't ever have to leave.

The Groove

WWOZ is the most eclectic station I have ever listened to. In an age of over genrefication, this station, it's awesome people, and it's wide range programming don't lose the Groove.
Streaming WWOZ daily from Napa, CA. Peace Baby, Cal

Where my soul flies free

For this New Yorker, who now lives in Idaho, WWOZ is my link to the city in which I have spent precious time. Also as a DJ, my show "The Southern Lowdown" is heavily influenced by the music I hear on WWOZ. Cheers.

NOLA is in my soul

My wife Barbara and I may live in Boston but our soul resides in New Orleans. WWOZ keeps us connected to the city we LOVE.....We'll be back for French Quarter Fest

Staying NOLA warm in Boston

I listen to WWOZ online almost all day. This station is my constant link to New Orleans - the city, people, music I love. Thanks for keeping the groove!

WWOZ

I listen to WWOZ when I'm at home from the minute I wake up until I go to sleep at night, with a few exceptions. I leave it on during the day when I'm at work so my dog and cat can enjoy the awesome music. When I moved here in the summer of 2012, and discovered this station, I was overwhelmed by the quality and variety of music this town has to offer. I love all the dj's - they are so well informed and charming it's a real joy to listen. The Cajun show is my favorite. Thank you for all you do to promote the culture of this great city!

WWOZ listened in Quebec

WWWOZ got just simply the best music to listen to.
We are from french Canada : Québec and we love jazz, blues and anything in ''between, before and after'' music.

That's probably why for a couple of years we spent Christmas
and New Year Eve in New Orleans,will be there for Mardi Gras 2014 and what about the food and the Saints : we are unconditional fan, when we are in NOLA we never missed a game.

Could write for hours about NOLA our favorite city in the world...

Thanks,
PGD
Pierre and Julie

a 6 hour time difference and an ocean between are nothing!

So surprised and overwhelmed when I heard Goran Bregovich... 9AM here, and I'm ready to seize the day, thanks to WWOZ - the world's ambassador of the world's goooood music! Loads of props from Macedonia!!!

Thank You

I am French Creole born & raised in Hoboken, NJ, but NOLA has always seemed a cultural "home"; like an Aunty who lives far away that you love & love to visit. Recently we were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. A story you know too well: over half the city flooded, homes & lives lost, evacuating, rebuilding, neighbors selling & leaving. Halloween was cancelled, Thanksgiving was a blur, Christmas didn't have the same feel. One of our first outings after the storm wrecked holidays was an event with the Pres Hall band in Manhattan. Maybe we would save Mardi Gras? That night the crowd had some people I'm sure who weren't affected as we were but many I'm also sure who the storm & floods had beaten down (y'all know the feeling I mean). Within one set, the crowd was shoving aside tables in a cocktail lounge to make a dance floor. The music, NOLA's music became this almost religious experience. It took you & transcended the pain, anger, frustration, water lines, pumps, mud, mold, all of that. Can you imagine dancing & crying at the same time? That transcendental release of stress & pain for a brief replacement with joy is what New Orleans music does; what keeps the children of the city (& her nieces & nephews like me) strong. Thank you for preserving it & bringing it to us wherever we are.

Ps my renewal went in already.

WWOZ keeps me connected

Whether I am in New Orleans or not, and mostly that is out since I live in Idaho, WWOZ keeps me connected to the town I love and the music I crave. Merci!

WWOZ helps me keep going

Listening to WWOZ reminds that the best reason for keeping my job is to have money, so I can go to New Orleans again with my husband.

I LOVE NOLA

Unfortunately we can't get to Nola as we would love to. Being able to listen to the sounds & read about whats up there is sweet music. Its a beautiful place of beautiful people & sounds which I hope we can all help to keep alive for ever. U are the best;)

Wavin' the Groove Flag high!

N.O.LA. is a special place, both to us, and to cultural, culinary, and musical history. While we can't relocate there for a while, our frequent visits and listening to 'OZ keep us in the loop of the best city and the best radio station on the planet.
Keep up the groove, folks. And, thanks.

Thank you 'OZ

I visited New Orleans as a young teen just passing through.
I have felt the pull and influence of the music and culture ever since.
I listen to 'OZ daily while I paint, draw and sculpt and I feel it helps infuse that flavor and soul and pure NOLA energy into everything I do.
Thank you again for helping me create to the most amazing soundtrack in the world!
Keep it streaming!
From Davidson/Charlotte NC

OZ matters

While I lived in NOLA, OZ was the sound track of my life, as it continues to be now that I'm in the mountains of Idaho. Thanks for the inspiration.

Why I contribute to WWOZ

While having a New Orleans address for alomost 6 years, I spent most of the time in Angola (West Africa). It was always so nice to stream OZ's sounds because it gave me smiles and "Happy Feet". Thanks for the music.

Home vibes

I listen to OZ whenever I want to travel home (New Orleans). My heart and soul are filled with joy and sweet memories. I'll be back in 2013, never to leave again. Thanks OZ. The stuffed bell pppers are going to be fantastic
Steve Ponceti in Colorado

A BIG thanks

...listening from Brazil.

Thank you guys for the amazing great music everyday.
Best radio in the world.

WWOZ is a National Treasure!

WWOZ broadcasts some of the greatest music on the planet …
particularly in the traditional New Orleans jazz segments. But it's
just not the music.

Your show hosts are highly educated about their musical genre. I
enjoy hearing about the artist's background and the origin of the
music and the interesting history of New Orleans. I feel like I'm
getting a PhD in traditional New Orleans jazz.

The unpaid volunteers who host the shows give an incredible
amount of their time to preserve America's one true musical
heritage.

WWOZ is truly a national treasure and deserves support.

Gordon Lee, an OZillion fan
from Minneapolis Minnesota

Movin' by Groovin'

OZ is the hub for all our souls ridin' this wheel
reach out through the airwaves or internet
feel the faith in groove alive and kickin'
transform any mundane lonesome long way to go
into a Do Whatcha Wanna
Welcome Home

Why I love OZ

WWOZ is the greatest station in the nation! I listen every day and enjoy the Trad Jazz programs. Because of OZ and New Orleans I learned to play drums, at a very late age, to show my support and love of New Orleans and the music that was born here. I am inspired by the music of the city and it's great drummers daily. Banu Gibson, Leslie Cooper and I to started the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp for Adults to pay homage to our musical heritage. This year we have musicians from all over the world coming to New Orleans in June to promote, preserve and perpetuate the music of our city. Thank you OZ for opening a whole new world for me.

Why OZ matters to me

Smooth sounds get me through rush hour traffic...

Brass band half hour reminds me its Friday and the weekend is here...

The live wire lets me know where I'm going out tonight...

And it saves my ass when my ipod is dead and all the other radio stations are playing garbage.

Thanks OZ!

WWOZ reminds me of who I am!

For a long time I had an early-morning walk to the train every day, two miles with WWOZ on the iPhone. One December morning I heard the most amazing piece of music, drums and then an unearthly beautiful piano . . . Ahmad Jamal, interrupted by sounds of trays and shuffling and squeaky doors that now seem to me to be part of that score.

I think that version of Poinciana goes back to 1956, but I never would have known about it without WWOZ. You kept the music alive after Katrina, and again and again you remind me that this deep, relentless, creative rhythm and melody is who I am, no matter what I'm doing, there is a fire at the heart of it, and that is who I am.

Special

on my first trip to New Orleans many years ago, I found WWOZ on the radio and was directed to a 2nd line parade. After Katrina, I reconnected with 'OZ via its webcasts. I've yet to visit any city in the world like New Orleans: not Paris, not London, not Rome, not NYC. New Orleans is special, and 'OZ reflects those special qualities that go beyond music and deep into culture.

Keep doing what you're doing with the website. Its a portal into the richness of America's greatest treasures.

WWOZ feeds its listeners passions like no other web-accessible radio station I know. Thank you

New Orleans...in Berkeley California and my mind.

True fact: I've never been to New Orleans. I'll go someday. I'm 49 years old and been in love with this music my whole life. But it wasn't until HBO's Treme that I became aware of this station and the amazing fact that I can listen to this music whenever I want from across the country. Now I hardly ever turn it off, except to sleep.

I've never been to New Orleans. But WWOZ brings New Orleans to my head and heart. It makes me happy every day. It makes even the crappiest of days bearable. Thanks, WWOZ, for bringing this miraculous music to those of us outside your miraculous city!

Jeff
Berkeley, California

what does wwoz mean to me

hi my name is emily,
i found out about wwoz when i came down on a missions trip with my church (st pauls paris ont and first united cambridge ont.)we were on the missions trip to help rebuild from hurricane katrina through the presbytarian disaster assistance.wow what a life changing experience and id do it again if i had the money to do sooo.anyways on the one day of wrk our construction assistant took us on a bit o0f a tour while killing a little time before witnessing a house dedication.while everybody else on our team along with our homeowner piled into the 2 rental vans that we had i got the priviladge to ride with our construction assistant and one bit of info i found really really touching is that this VERY radio station was the one and only radiostaion to not only survive through katrina but was also playing live through katrina.so then i made sure to make a note of your radio station.once i got back home to canada i found the radio station online and found out that i could listen live.since then whenever iam on my laptopi turn you guys on live to listen too.you guys have awsome awsome music and it brings a change to my day. kudos to you all at wwoz for all the hard wrk to make the programming possible to listen to live even all the way up here in canada.

loving it,always listening to it,
emily kew
Paris,ontario
canada

what does wwoz mean to me

hi my name is emily,
i found out about wwoz when i came down on a missions trip with my church (st pauls paris ont and first united cambridge ont.)we were on the missions trip to help rebuild from hurricane katrina through the presbytarian disaster assistance.wow what a life changing experience and id do it again if i had the money to do sooo.anyways on the one day of wrk our construction assistant took us on a bit o0f a tour while killing a little time before witnessing a house dedication.while everybody else on our team along with our homeowner piled into the 2 rental vans that we had i got the priviladge to ride with our construction assistant and one bit of info i found really really touching is that this VERY radio station was the one and only radiostaion to not only survive through katrina but was also playing live through katrina.so then i made sure to make a note of your radio station.once i got back home to canada i found the radio station online and found out that i could listen live.since then whenever iam on my laptopi turn you guys on live to listen too.you guys have awsome awsome music and it brings a change to my day. kudos to you all at wwoz for all the hard wrk to make the programming possible to listen to live even all the way up here in canada.

loving it,always listening to it,
emily kew
Paris,ontario
canada

love WWOZ

Hi WWOZ, My name is Kane

Im from Gold Coast, Australia. I listen to your channel everyday!!! You Rock! MUCH LOVE WWOZ. XO

Good to know

I'd got infected with New Orleans music in the early 80s, when I heard Dr. John and Dirty Dozen doing live concerts here in Europe. I stuck to it and it's good to know that NO music's still alive and well. Thanks for reassuring me. Greets from Germany, keep it fonky!

What OZ means to me.

WWOZ is a godsend for getting me through the workday in Atlanta. I found OZ online about a year and a half ago and really enjoy the energy as well as the music coming through my earphones. I especially like when musicians drop by the station for a chat and to play a few tunes. It’s amazing how many talented people come through the station. Ya’ll do a great job- thanks.

WWOZ Pledge Drive and Beyond

Finding OZ was purely by chance - seen on a bumper sticker on my way to work. I tuned you in through the Internet and I haven't stopped listening. I have learned so much about the culture of New Orleans and it's wonderful people and music. You are a treasure. WWOZ is the only pledge drive that I listen to. The only pledge drive! I am a sustaining member and will continue to be for as long as humanly possible. The best to all of you!
Georgiane in San Francisco

WWOZ keeps me connected to the Feat

Pete

Gotta love WWOZ - Guardians of the Flame keepin on...
The music, the people, the food, the fun... New Orleans
Anders, June, Stanton, Buddy, Ervin all make life worthwhile

;>)

New Member

I attended my first jazzfest last year and was smitten. I then met a lovely New Orleanian, fell in love with her, and was introduced to WWOZ. If you haven't tuned in to modern FM radio in awhile, you may not know how tedious it has become. Your radio station makes a locality into a community, enlightens and entertains. It asks for so little and gives so much in return. I'm grateful and happy to be a member, even if I live in California.

1st time member

Living a long way from NOLA, I began listening to the internet stream shortly after Katrina. And it has become a daily habit.

That said, I'll be brief, OZ is the single most important broadcast on the planet earth.

"Land of 1,000 Dances"

I've been an active listener and volunteer host for years and WWOZ remains vital because it keeps me connected and culturally enriched by the deep heritage of the music and the dedication and energy of those that bring it forth. Without WWOZ I probably would have never heard of Ernie K-Doe, Eddie Bo, Slim & Slam, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Cesaria Evora, Del McCoury, Roland Kirk, John Boutte, Abbey Lincoln and so many artists, DJs, and music lovers that I have become acquainted with over the years. New Orleans is a better place to live because of WWOZ and we are fortunate that it is always on and there for enjoyment and edification.
~Michael Dominici

National Treasure

Negative energy abounds, planet wide. 'OZ ionizes much of that, leveling the cosmic level of desitively bonaroo-ness..in other words: makes the world a better place. We protect redwoods, Grand Canyon,...let's protect Fats/Snooks/Dave/Fess/brass band/live broadcast/Danny/Satch-laden airwaves.A national treasure. Ionize on, 'OZ! Ionizing the cosmos since 1981.

Yrs in the inherent good of the infinite plasticity of the beat

I regard $upporting WWOZ as part of my service to the inherent good of the infinite plasticity of the beat.

Also, y'all have been keeping me sane and feeling connected in Chattanooga during my temporary physical exile from NOLA.

Special shout out to the 3 am - Noon DJs! XO

Almost Like Being There

Greetings from Vancouver, Canada. My wife worked at the Canadian pavillion at the 1984 World's Fair and lived in New Orleans for six months. I visited in 1988 on a swing through Louisiana and east Texas. For both of us, the experience was profound. WWOZ allows us to feel again the wonderful vibe of the city whenever we listen. We have promised each other that we will be back! Until then, thanks so much for the music. Michael King/Laurel Enright

OZ rocks!

I first got turned on to WWOZ while visiting New Orleans, searching for a station on my rental car. I wanted to hear real New Orleans music while there, and kept on going past the standard stations until I heard this vibrant, jazzy, funky music. I was hooked, and never moved the dial the rest of my stay. The highlight was hearing Bonerama do Zeppelin's "Ocean". Completely blew my mind, and I had to search for Bonerama stuff on iTunes.

Now I listen online every day while working in my home office. It's the perfect soundtrack for my life. Thanks WWOZ!

Scotland Yat

Enjoyin Paul Sanchez on one of New Orleans' last great radio stations from the east coast of Fife, Scotland.

why i listen

you are simply the best radio station online. i wish i could recieve your signal over the air so i could listen in my car. your dj's are interesting and actually have personalities as opposed to the sanitized droids that host programs on commercial radio. i have learned so much by listening to your wonderful station. i would love to send you more than i did but that is really all i can afford. if i ever hit the lottery i have oz at the top of my list for a slice of the pie. THANK YOU ALL for providing us with the greatest music and the education. Please have a happy and safe mardi gras.

Loving Listening online from Australia

Thanks for the New Orleans sounds and vibes; Will one day travel the long way to the Big Easy and visit to say HI! Think I should have been born there...

WWOZ!!!

I love WWOZ. Being the great-nephew of Jelly Roll Morton, I really appreciate all that you are doing to maintain the heritage!

Frank Bozant

Thanks for supporting us, the music listeners

wwelburn -- I started listening to WWOZ on a trip to New Orleans many years ago, 'OZ directed this "tourist" to a 2nd Line Parade. After Katrina, I discovered "OZ's online presence, which was vital not only to the residents but to those who love, value, and respect how important New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are to American culture.

I do the easiest thing by keeping my membership going. In exchange I get fine quality programming year round (especially during Mardi Gras). WWOZ may be the single best musical presence on the Internet because it reflects its community and culture so well. The rest of us around the world are lucky that you support us as music listeners.

Milwaukee, WI

Shout Out

I start each day by listening online while I check my email. I appreciate the wide variety of music from trad jazz to modern blues. WWOZ is a national treasure!

Syracuse, NY

Why I love WWOZ, and how.

Hey out there in OZ Land! Isn't www.wwoz.com the greatest?!

So why and how for me starts with the quality, variety, and heart of program presentations that are outstanding - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Thank you dj's, thank you, thank you, thank you.

During the course of our evenings and weekends, OZ is streaming into our dining room and kitchen. The tunes add so much to our evening and weekend experience. While I understand and enjoy Pandora, it is a format and it doesn't feel like there is a hand on the wheel, as the music takes these weird turns which feel like being lost on aisle 10 at the supermarket.

The weird at WOZ never loses me. It swings. It has intent. It is unique. (Stolen from Mose Allison.)

So, that's the why and how, here in Lafayette, California - small suburban town, in the East Bay of San Francisco.

See you in NOLA!

Nathan

(p.s. While previewing this post, I noticed the date as 12/31/1969 @ 7PM. Weird. Today, the day of the post is Oct 5, 2010, and it's just past midnight.)

lovin you from NY

My wife Julie and I discovered the real NO this summer. We're already coming back this winter. Found OZ a month ago and am in heaven. Just joined as member and only wish I had internet in my car, cuz I listen all day when I'm home off my computer!

What WWOZ Means To YOU

Yeah You Right!

Just renewed my membership during Hazel's show. OZ is great all week, but Sunday is my favorite day. Brother Jessie's awesome Gospel, Hazel brings me back to my Appalachian family roots. The Cajun/Zydeco show is soooo wonderful. Heck, most of the time I have no idea what they're singing, but who cares? The sound reaches your soul. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys!

I've been an expat up here in New England since '03. WWOZ brings me home!

Thanks to everyone that helps bring OZ into my home. Especially when it's snowing out here!

Why do you listen to

Why do you listen to WWOZ?
Robbie Zimmerman told me about OZ when I was rereading "Chronicles" maybe 2 years ago and I thought "I wonder if that station has a web feed?" and found the greatest radio station of all time. Wife and I listen almost round the clock. When I bought Hazel's CD for my wife I sent the insert and she autographed it and when I realizedf a lifelong dream and went to NOLA we "ambushed" her outside the station on Sunday morning to get a photo of her with the wife. I think we initially scared her we were so excited. Cousin Dimitri is the greatest thing to hit the airwaves since Zacherle and Allison Steele (NY, 60's).

Mike and Gloria, Tampa (we don't go "down" to New Orleans, we go "Up")

Why do you listen to

Why do you listen to WWOZ?
Robbie Zimmerman told me about OZ when I was rereading "Chronicles" maybe 2 years ago and I thought "I wonder if that station has a web feed?" and found the greatest radio station of all time. Wife and I listen almost round the clock. When I bought Hazel's CD for my wife I sent the insert and she autographed it and when I realizedf a lifelong dream and went to NOLA we "ambushed" her outside the station on Sunday morning to get a photo of her with the wife. I think we initially scared her we were so excited. Cousin Dimitri is the greatest thing to hit the airwaves since Zacherle and Allison Steele (NY, 60's).

Mike and Gloria, Tampa (we don't go "down" to New Orleans, we go "Up")

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