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WWOZ Community Radio debuted on New Orleans airwaves in 1980, due to the founding efforts of brothers Jerry and Walter Brock. In its early days, the brothers and volunteer show hosts provided the music that would be played on-air via their own personal collections. Originally, WWOZ operated out of a beer storage room above the music venue Tipitina’s. Sometimes DJs would even drop a microphone through the floor to capture and broadcast musicians playing live in the club below. Popular New Orleans musicians such as Ernie K-Doe, Bobby Mitchell, and Art Neville hosted shows on the station at one time, and legendary jazz musician Danny Barker would bring members of the traditional jazz community to be a part of WWOZ. The station, whose call letters reference the Wonderful World of Oz, continues today as a listener-supported radio station powered by volunteer on-air show hosts playing various roots music genres ranging from jazz to blues to world music, and with a dedication to featuring New Orleans music and musicians. Each year, the station also broadcasts live from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The station resided in Armstrong Park in the Treme neighborhood from 1984 until Hurricane Katrina, and its current home is 1008 North Peters St.

  • <p>Radio WWOZ DJ "Jivin' Gene" spinning the records at the old WWOZ studio above Tipitina's on Napoleon Avenue. Photo by Infrogmation GNU Free Documentation License</p>
  • <p>"The Flying Neutrinos" perform live in WWOZ studio in Louis Armstrong Park, New Orleans; vocalist Ingrid Lucia. Photo by Infrogmation, 1995  GNU Free Documentation License</p>
  • <p>Phonograph turntables, at Armstrong Park studio of radio station WWOZ, New Orleans. Photo by Infrogmation, 2003  GNU Free Documentation License</p>
  • <p>Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet, and Dan Levinson, saxophone, at WWOZ radio studio in Armstrong Park, New Orleans, 1995. Photo by Infrogmation  GNU Free Documentation License</p>
  • <p>WWOZ studio in Louis Armstrong Park, New Orleans. Photo by Infrogmation, early 1990s (after spring 1991, before May 1995). GNU Free Documentation License</p>
  • <p>New Orleans: Studio of radio station WWOZ on Napoleon Avenue upstairs from Tipitina's. Infrogmation at the microphone. 1983. Photo of me by relative  GNU Free Documentation License</p>
  • <p>WWOZ studio in Armstrong Park, 1990s. Infrogmation photo  GNU Free Documentation License</p>