WWOZ Volunteers: Where are you from and what inspired you to move to New Orleans?
I am a native of Seattle, WA. My wife is from Louisiana and made New Orleans her home before moving to Seattle for work. I’ve been a musician and American music history geek since I was a little kid, so naturally New Orleans was this almost mythic fantasy land that gave birth to everything I hold dear. As a couple we always knew a move here was inevitable.
WWOZ Volunteers: How did you become acquainted with WWOZ?
I read about WWOZ quite a years before ever having a chance to listen the station. I knew about it’s founding and time at Tipitina’s, and all the great artists who performed live on air. Once I started visiting New Orleans, I would tune in just leave it on.
WWOZ Volunteers: Why were you motivated to volunteer at WWOZ?
I found community at WWOZ. People who care for music the way that I do and who love to talk about it. Coming to the station feels as natural as to me as going to band practice.
WWOZ Volunteers: What have you been doing at the station, and how has that enhanced your appreciation of New Orleans Music and Culture?
Currently I am a production assistant editing voice recordings for our underwriting and station announcements, which is a blast. I have had the honor of meeting and recording some true musical legends that come through the station. A year ago I had no idea this position would benefit me the way it has but as the new owner and G.M. of the local Music Venue Gasa Gasa, a lot of the local artists we are preparing to have play in 2021 I am already familiar with from being a part of OZ.
Thank you so much, it is truly an honor!