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WWOZ is one of the last true jazz stations in the US and is a shining example of the passion and excitement that is created with this music. I am a host on a similar styled radio station in Washington DC (WPFW 89.3FM). Like WWOZ, there is a very small payed staff and a slew of dedicated volunteers who hold the station together. The programming on stations such as WWOZ and WPFW is so rich simply due to the fact that everyone is acting out of love and passion for the music. We get to play the music that we really know and enjoy, and the listeners get a jazz education with each listen. Along with WWOZ, make sure to listen and support independent jazz radio! www.wpfw.org
Ummm..... Have you ever listened to OZ? it has jazz 3 hours a day, 6 days a week..... Hardly a true jazz station. I'm not putting it down, BY ANY STRETCH, but your comment is kind of insulting to the true jazz stations that ARE out there. In fact, that's one of the biggest complaints amongst musicians here in NOLA, that we don't have a jazz station, while all sorts of other places in the country do. I still remember how appalled I was, the first time I spent a few days in Houston, TX about 8 years ago, and noticed that they had a 24 hr jazz station (although they have since gone smooth), and NOLA didn't.
It's more than 3 hours a day, we're just asleep for much of it. The morning and afternoon drive times are dedicated jazz shows, and there is jazz in the midday New Orleans Music show programming too.
My favorite WWOZ story is from 2001. A band I was playing in made a Christmas track, but we didn't do it until mid December. We finished the mix and drove straight to the station. It was on the air, less than an hour after the last notes were played in the studio.
Our tag at WWOZ is "Your Jazz and Heritage Station." Over the course of our Monday to Friday schedule, we cover, beginning at midnight: Contemporary Jazz (3 hours), Overnight Jazz (3 hours), Morning Set (mainly jazz, 3 hours), Traditional Jazz (2 hours), from 11am to 4pm we have a mixture that includes jazz - I should know, as I dedicate my first hour at 11am to jazz, - at 4pm there's "Jazz from the Market" for 3 hours. All total, roughly 14 hours a day, during the week, covering everything from Louis Armstrong to Sun Ra.
With all that said, our motto includes Heritage, music that comes to all of us down the historical line, incorporating gospel, the Caribbean, blues, bluegrass, rhythm and blues, world music and so on. I think you're splitting hairs when you take us to task for not playing jazz 24/7. Our listeners want a variety of music that is based in roots, lineage and tradition. And that's what we give them. Jazz draws upon most of these sources, continuing its evolution as an assimilative form and process.
I welcome listeners of all stripes and tastes to tune in. If what's playing ain't their bag at a given moment, I suggest tuning in a hour or two later. Sooner or later, the station will take root in the listener's head and heart. There's always room for more lovers of music and her mysteries at the WWOZ table.
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