For several years, I had a vision to host a New Orleans Music Show on Trinity University's KRTU FM 91.7, right here in San Antonio, Sure enough, I'm now a volunteer community host of a weekly hour-long New Orleans Roots Music Show (NORMS) on Monday nights @ 8 pm CT.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and protocols at the university, I started the show in my in-home studio with my first show broadcast on Monday, January 18, 2021! My first live show was Monday, November 1, 2021. I’ve learned lots with lots more to learn. Here’s a little background.
Growing up on the east coast of Florida, my early musical influences were my two older brothers who laid a foundation for my music appreciation of everything from 60’s folk and rock n roll to the blues. I gained an early appreciation of Jazz as a teenager with the help of Jack Simpson’s
Jazz on the Beach in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and the NPR affiliates: WUCF (University of Central Florida) in Orlando, and WFIT (Florida Institute of Technology) in Melbourne.
My exposure to New Orleans and its music started in 1980 while in the Air Force, as I transitioned through New Orleans from Seoul, South Korea on my way to Athens, Greece. I got a more intense exposure to New Orleans and its music, while stationed just 90 minutes from New Orleans, in Biloxi MS. in the mid-1980s.
While in Biloxi, I visited New Orleans about every other month, hanging out with friends who lived in the Algiers neighborhood. We attended the Jazz Fest, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1983 and 1985, wandered up and down and around the French Quarter and caught a number of live shows at various clubs around the city. I also attended the Jazz Fest in 2005, 2012, 2015, and 2017, after moving to San Antonio.
After my proposal for a New Orleans music-inspired show was accepted by KRTU in June 2020, I began researching and listening to a broader spectrum of New Orleans music, beyond Jazz, to develop the show. I also decided to limit my focus only to artists born in or very near New Orleans, Irma Thomas born in nearby Ponchatoula, is an example of the latter.
Having the opportunity to explore these great artists and share my results with you is incredible!
I commit to do my very best to share with you a broad sampling of New Orleans music and be as accurate and factual about the music and artists as I can. There are so many artists, so much music, and so much to learn and listen to.
And, thanks for listening!