Culture & Civic Life
KJazz 88.1 FM
KKJZ, also known as KJazz 88.1 FM, is a non-commercial public radio station that has been broadcasting jazz and blues since 1981.
WWOZ 90.7 FM, established by brothers Jerry and Walter Brock, went on air as New Orleans's first community radio station in 1980. The brothers had discovered community radio in Texas and decided to use their vast record collection as the foundation for New Orleans's very own community radio. Though WWOZ 90.7 FM was the Brock Brothers' shared vision, they wanted to ensure the station's focus be the musical content it shared, rather than their own voices. The eventual calling letters WWOZ were a reference to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz's line, "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." Today, the station remains a "vital cultural lifeline" to its community of listeners. It is committed to providing audiences with exposure to local musicians who dabble in wide-spread genres including jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, brass band, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Caribbean, Latin, Brazilian, bluegrass, and Irish, as well as bringing its usual daily broadcasts and coverage of the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
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