'OZone Email Newsletter for August, 2008

'OZone Newsletter

Dear Listener,

Just like the rest of New Orleans, WWOZ is getting out of town during the dog days of August. First, we'll be airing a private party of 3,000 revelers kicking off the Democratic National Convention from the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver on Sunday night, August 24th. The list of performers is legendary. We'll follow this with three more nights of special live performances in Denver. Then we'll be airing a party from First Avenue in Minneapolis for the Republican National Convention on Sunday, August 31st.

In between, we'll be bringing you three glorious days from the Detroit Jazz Festival (Saturday to Monday, Labor Day Weekend). Then, we swing westward to bring you live and direct to the Ocean Beach Jazz Festival on September 7th in San Diego. At which point, we must race back to the Crescent City to bring you the Congo Square Rhythms Fest, Crescent City Blues Festival, Voodoo Fest, Down-By-The-Riverside Concert and the Tremé Gumbo Festival all throughout the Fall.

As our exhausted WWOZ show host and producer, David Kunian, once begged over the air: "Please! Someone come stop us, we can't help ourselves."

Yours in gypsy minions,


David Freedman
General Manager

Democrats and Republicans Embrace New Orleans Music: WWOZ Broadcasts It Live

graphic of United StatesWWOZ heads to both national conventions this month on the jazz ticket. Special "New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya" concerts will kick off both conventions, and we'll be bringing them to you live. First we are off to Denver, on Sunday, August 24th for the Democratic convention, and then we head to Minneapolis on Sunday, August 31st for the Republican convention.

From August 25 - 27th we'll be broadcasting more live events from the Mile High City — including concerts from one of Denver's most prominent jazz clubs, Dazzle, and performances from the After 5 Jazz & Blues Festival. Performers and times will be listed on our live broadcasts page as they become available. Join us as New Orleans and international jazz artists take center stage in America.

Read more about our convention coverage

'OZ Hits the Road: Upcoming Festival Broadcasts

photo of crowdOn August 29th, we head to the Detroit Jazz Festival, and then on September 7th, we're off to San Diego for the Ocean Beach Jazz Festival. We'll bring you three days of live broadcasts from the Detroit Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend, in between our convention coverage. Then we'll do a joint broadcast of the ever-popular Ocean Beach Jazz Festival from San Diego with our sister station KSDS. This year the festival features The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Kevin Mahogany's Kansas City Revue, Brasilia and more.

Check out our live broadcast page for a schedule of performances

A Brand New WWOZ Website

screenshot of WWOZ home pageWe're just as proud as a peacock about our new web site. We've kept your favorite features and added some exciting new ones. About the only thing that would make it better is if you would drop by, take a tour of the new site, sign up and enjoy the 'OZ view of the world wide web.

Read more about the new website

The History of WWOZ — the 1980s

photo of old WWOZ studio in Armstrong ParkAs you grow, you often become interested in where you started and the lessons you've learned over the years. Take a trip to the early '80s, to New Orleans when there was no radio station that played the music of the city. This is the is the first in a three-part series on the history of WWOZ.

Learn about the early days of WWOZ

We Need Volunteers for the Fall Membership Drive!

For the drive, we will need volunteers from Monday, October 6th, to Thursday, October 16th. We'd love to hear from you if you are computer savvy and want to help. We are especially looking for volunteers to staff the phone bank and on-air membership drive co-producers, that second voice that works with the show host on the air. These are fun ways to be part of the magic of our Membership Drives, and to help keep WWOZ going!

Find out how you can get to be part of the Membership Drive

August Recipe — Fried Eggplant and Crawfish Tails

photo of eggplantsThere used to be a restaurant in the French Quarter on Rue Chartres called Rita's. It was an old-style place with the windows opening to the street and lots of dark corners to snuggle into inside. They used to make this dish better than any other place, as the crusty fried eggplant topped with succulent crawfish tails in a creamy sauce was to die for. This dish is also offered at Jazz Fest by another vendor, so if you only ever make to town for the festival, make it part of a lunch at the Fairgrounds.

Go to the WWOZ recipes page

WWOZ Welcomes a New Underwriter

WWOZ is proud to announce that the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), an affiliated program of The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), is a new underwriter for the station. We all know New Orleans is one of the greatest cities on earth. One simple way that we can help preserve our culture while improving public health is by protecting all New Orleanians from exposure to secondhand smoke.

Learn more about living tobacco-free

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities

WWOZ Quick Links

Playlists Online

Are you interested in an artist we played on the air? You can search playlists by song title, band name, CD title or label.

WWOZ Swamp Shop

The 'OZ Swamp Shop is open and chock full of WWOZ gear.

New Orleans Music Calendar

There's live music in locations all around New Orleans. We've got a music calendar online.

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