Culture & Civic Life
KJazz 88.1 FM
The non-commercial public radio station in Southern California has been broadcasting jazz and blues since 1981.
Established by brothers Jerry and Walter Brock, WWOZ 90.7 FM debuted in 1980 as New Orleans's first community radio station. The brothers had discovered community radio in Texas and decided to use their vast record collection as the foundation for New Orleans's own community radio. Although WWOZ was the Brock brothers' vision, they wanted to ensure that the station's focus remain on the musical content it shared, rather than their own voices. The call letters WWOZ were a reference to a famous line from The Wizard of Oz: "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." Today, the station remains a vital cultural lifeline to its community, exposing listeners to local musicians who dabble in genres including jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, brass band, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Caribbean, Latin, Brazilian, bluegrass, and Irish.
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