Awards Won by WWOZ

Published on: May 19th, 2008

For WWOZ, the awards and accolades have been wonderful and inspire us to get better and better. Here are some of the latest.


The Press Club of New Orleans' 64th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards 

First Place, BEST USE OF INSTAGRAM, Jazz Festing in Place. We also took home third place in this category, for "Takin' it To the Streets"

First Place, BEST USE OF TWITTER, "Takin' it to the Streets"

First Place, BEST FEATURE PHOTO, Young Men Olympian (by MJ Mastrogiovanni)

The Hal Ledet Still Photography Award (the Best of the Best of all top Photography Awards), Young Men Olympian (by MJ Mastrogiovanni)

We also took home 2nd and 3rd place awards in the category of  BEST USE OF FACEBOOK: Jazz Festing in Place & Piano Night

And third place in the category of BEST FEATURE VIDEOGRAPHY, From the Streets: Action Jackson


Louisiana Association of Broadcasters 2021 Prestige Awards

--Station of the Year: WWOZ
--Broadcast Engineer of the Year: WWOZ Chief Engineer Damond Jacob

Press Club of New Orleans

--Best Radio Show: Jazz Festing in Place
--Best Social Video: Groove Gala
--Best Social Media Campaign: Jazz Festing in Place
--Best Feature Videography: Telephone Grooves
--Best Use of Twitter: Jazz Festing in Place

Gambit Magazine

Favorite Radio Station

For more details, see our Local Content & Service Report for 2021, pages 13-14.


Louisiana Association of Broadcasters 2020 Prestige Awards:

--Best Live On-Site Remote, Large Market: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2019
--Uniquely Louisiana, Large Market: Takin’ It To The Streets

Press Club of New Orleans

--Best Radio Story: WWOZ Stories: The History of WWOZ
--Best Feature Videography: Flaming Arrows Queen Shirley Goodman
--Best Social Media Campaign: Jazz Fest at 50
--Best Social Video: Second Line Season Announcement
--Best Multi-Feature Photography: Best of Jazz Fest 2019
--Best Radio Show: WWOZ Live Broadcast from Jazz Fest 2019

Offbeat Magazine

--Best of the Beat Award: Radio Station of the Year

Gambit Magazine

--Favorite Radio Station
--Best Virtual Concert/Event during COVID: Festing in Place

For more details, see our Local Content & Service Report for 2020, page 16.


New York Festival Radio Award:

WWOZ’s New Orleans Tricentennial Music Moments Series

Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Prestige Award

--Best Live On-Site remote from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Press Club Of New Orleans Awards

--Best Feature Videography
--Best Use of Facebook

Offbeat Magazine

--Best of the Beat Award: Radio Station of the Year

Gambit Magazine

--Favorite Radio Station

National Association of Broadcasters

--Crystal Radio Awards Finalist

For more details, see our Local Content & Service Report for 2019.


Louisiana Association of Broadcasters

--Station Of The Year-Large Market

Press Club Of New Orleans

--3 First Place Awards

Offbeat Magazine

--Best of the Beat Award: Radio Station of the Year

Gambit Magazine

--Favorite Radio Station

Webby Awards

--Finalist for A Closer Walk

National Association of Broadcasters

--Marconi Award Finalist

For more details, see our Local Content & Service Report for 2018.


Older awards:

“Best Radio Station 2017”  by the readers of Offbeat magazine

“Best Radio Station 2014”  by the readers of Offbeat magazine

“Station of the Year” among medium-sized markets in the U.S. by JazzWeek magazine

“Best Streaming Broadcast Station” at the Fifth Annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards (tied with KING-FM in Seattle)


JazzWeek Award

In June 2011, JazzWeek magazine presented awards in 14 categories at the JazzWeek Summit. The JazzWeek Summit is a gathering of radio programmers, record labels, promoters, musicians and others interested in jazz radio promotion and programming. For the mid-sized market, the 2011 Radio Station of the Year is WWOZ, New Orleans. Now how about that? Thanks, everyone!

Read about the 2011 awards

In June 2008 WWOZ also won the JazzWeek award for the 2008 Radio Station of the Year in a mid-sized market! Thank you! 

Read more about the JazzWeek 2008 Award on the All About Jazz website

Gambit Weekly's "Best of New Orleans" Awards

The readers of Gambit Weekly have recognized WWOZ with two gold medals in their annual "Best of New Orleans" Awards. WWOZ took top honors as the Best Radio Station, and WWOZ's own DJ Soul Sister was voted Best DJ/Electronica Artist. This is what Gambit had to say about WWOZ:

"It's been more than 25 years since Andy Warhol called WWOZ the greatest radio station in the universe. Back then, the world couldn't hear 'OZ. But now its webcast is a daily beacon of New Orleans music to the world. As far as the local community is concerned, it may be the only radio station, given that it plays local music and supports local musicians like no other. And if you can't make it to Jazz Fest or other big festivals, 'OZ is on location keeping you tuned in to the best shows and the best local music."

Read more about the "Best of New Orleans" Awards

Rolling Stone Award

Rolling Stone magazine in their May 2008 issue that featured “The 125-Plus People, Places and Things Ruling the Rock & Roll Universe,” named WWOZ one of the top 5 radio stations in the country. Rolling Stone said about WWOZ: "This listener-supported New Orleans station celebrates the city’s glorious musical heritage, focusing on jazz, soul, blues and Cajun music.” (May 1st issue, p. 38!)

Read about the award on Rolling Stone’s website

Esquire Award

WWOZ was awarded a 2008 Esquire Esky award for Internet Radio Station of the Year.

Esquire magazine said: "This listener-supported, volunteer-operated, Katrina-resilient miracle of FM radio plays funk, jazz, blues, roots, Latin, soul, zydeco, R&B, and everything in between." (April issue, p. 100!) Thanks, Esquire, for recognizing our music and spunk!

Read about the award on Esquire’s website

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