August 15, 2011 — Starting Aug. 22, WTJU, the University of Virginia's radio station, will showcase the vibrant musical landscape of New Orleans, which continues to thrive despite the adversities and challenges of recent years.
Long before Hurricane Katrina and HBO's "Treme" made more people aware of its unique cultural heritage, New Orleans has always had a connection to WTJU (91.1 FM). "Our connection to the Big Easy is both personal and spiritual," general manager Nathan Moore said. "We've made it a practice to devote a special week of programming dedicated to the Crescent City every year since the hurricane struck in 2005."
For this year's commemoration, which runs through Aug. 28, announcers were asked to select their New Orleans musical favorites and recommendations.
"We've got a gumbo of styles and performers," jazz director David Eisenman said. "Dixieland and Satchmo, Zydeco and Cajun, brass bands, clarinet and piano players, Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras, gospel and soul and the big beat and the Caribbean roots of the New Orleans Style – it's quite an intoxicating brew."
Special guests will include:
• Charles "King" Arthur, who'll discuss and demonstrate boogie-woogie piano on "The Bump," Aug. 22 and 9 a.m.;
• Jon Lohman, program director of the Virginia Folk Life Program and the Folk Life Festival, on "Left of Cool," Aug. 24 at 9 a.m.;
• Michael Gourier, jazz director of Richmond's WRIR, who lost his home in the wake of Katrina, on "Induced to Judder," Aug. 25 at 9 p.m.;
• Louisiana State University historian and chef David Shreve, who'll take listeners on a tour of Crescent City heritage on "Leftover Biscuits," Aug. 27 at 6:30 a.m.
"Remember, you don't have to be tuned in at exactly the same time as a particular show you want to listen to," Moore said. "You have up to two weeks to stream the show at your convenience." Visit here and click on the "streaming" button, and then the "tape vault" button to select what you want to hear.
WTJU, a non-commercial radio station, receives support from U.Va., the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, local underwriters and donors. Pledges are accepted 24-7 at www.wtju.net. "If the music moves you, our guitar case is always open," Eisenman said.
For information, call 434-924-0885.