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Tribute to Grandpa Elliott on '50s R&B Show tonight at 7pm CT

Wed, 03/16/22
Authored by Neil Pellegrin
Tune in to the '50s R&B Show tonight at 7pm CT as host Neil Pellegrin pays homage to a largely unsung talent and intriguing personality in New Orleans R&B history: "Grandpa" Elliott Small, who passed away March 8 at age 77. Thanks to Grandpa Elliott's prominent inclusion in... Read more

YLC Wednesday at the Square returns for 2022

Wed, 03/16/22
Authored by Carrie Booher
YLC's free Wednesday at the Square concert series returns for the first time since 2019 this spring! YLC Wednesday at the Square is a free concert series in the heart of New Orleans Central Business District. Proceeds from food and beverage sales benefit the Young Leadershi... Read more

A message from Missy Bowen

Wed, 03/16/22
Authored by Missy Bowen
I’ve been a DJ for nearly 44 years, including 27 at WWOZ. Being a show host on WWOZ is truly an honor. I love telling a story with the songs I play, creating a mood, and bringing together our community through music. As host of the New Orleans Music Show, my playlist possib... Read more

A message from Mark LaMaire

Tue, 03/15/22
Authored by Mark LaMaire
I first worked with WWOZ to get the Jazz Fest Live Broadcast on my college station back in Indiana. It's hard to believe now, but I actually moved down here in 2002 because WWOZ had put a call out for DJs. I thought I'd be here for a year or two, but I fell completely in lo... Read more

A message from The Gov

Mon, 03/14/22
Authored by The Governor
I started out at WWOZ back in the 80s. Up at Tipitina’s I’d answer phones and hang out with the great programmers the Duke of Paducah and Billy Delle. I had a large collection of music so they asked me to do a program. At first, I didn’t want to commit to being at the stati... Read more

A few words from Duane Williams

Sun, 03/13/22
Authored by Duane Williams
"Why do I do what I do for WWOZ? Because OZ isn’t a radio station. It’s family, love, and memories. OZ and I are almost the same age. I’ve been able to hear it for as long as I’ve been on this earth. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing it in every way possible. As a liste... Read more

A few words from Charlie B

Sun, 03/13/22
Authored by Charles Burchell
"I've been listening to WWOZ for decades and it keeps getting better and better. WWOZ is truly the sonic signature of New Orleans music and culture. New Orleans' musicians are truly a treasure, and nowhere else can you hear all of the genres that are reflected among all of ... Read more

A few words from DJ Giant

Thu, 03/10/22
Authored by DJ Giant
"I support WWOZ because first of all, I'm a musician. That's number one. I love the music, the culture, and the heritage of my city. It's all on 'OZ! As well as my family. I idolized my uncle, Bob French. He was a big influence on me as a musician, as well as to get involve... Read more

Video: Kevin O'Day & Live Animals at WWOZ, Nov. 2014

Wed, 03/09/22
New Orleans drummer Kevin O'Day has passed. Kevin was a well-known figure in the New Orleans music scene for decades and he performed with many groups including The Single Atom Theory, Kevin O'Day & Live Animals, and Midnite Disturbers. He also owned KODSquared Entertainmen... Read more

Video: Kristin Diable at Jazz & Heritage Center

Mon, 03/07/22
Here's Kristin Diable's set from the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center on Friday, March 5, 2022! This concert was held as part of the "Chanteuse: Celebrating New Orleans Women in Music" concert series.  Read more

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