WWOZ is thrilled to announce that our beloved station is relocating and will occupy the entire top (fifth) floor of The Jax Brewery Millhouse building located at 600 Decatur Street.
“This is a world class location for our world class station,” said Beth Arroyo Utterback, General Manager of WWOZ. “With over 7,000 square feet of interior space and exclusive use of balconies and terraces overlooking the French Quarter and the Mississippi River, it allows us space for our entire staff under one roof, beautiful studios for our show hosts and musicians, as well as room for volunteer projects and meetings. It also gives us the opportunity to add picturesque views to our award-winning programming.”
“This new landmark location is a win for the WWOZ family, our community, and our growing worldwide audience,” said Judge Sidney Cates, WWOZ Board Chair.
WWOZ will operate temporarily from the third floor of the Jax Brewery while renovations and studio buildout are completed on the fifth floor.
"On behalf of our partners, The Berger Company is thrilled to welcome WWOZ into its new home at the Jax Brewery Millhouse. As 'Guardians of the Groove,' WWOZ reflects and defines the cultural identity of New Orleans. Their continued presence along the French Quarter Riverfront is a tremendous benefit to the iconic Vieux Carré," said Ryan Berger, Vice-President of The Berger Company.
WWOZ will officially say goodbye to its French Market location at the end of November with a celebratory Second Line led by some of the city’s most iconic musicians and culture bearers.
“The boards of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation and WWOZ jointly extend our thanks to the French Market and the City of New Orleans for providing the station with a home in one of New Orleans’ most venerable buildings for the past 18 years,” said Tara Carter Hernandez, Chairman of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation Board.
“Special thanks to our incredibly talented and intrepid realtors Mike Siegel of Corporate Realty and Chris Ross of Latter & Blum who helped us navigate this yearlong search for our new home,” said Utterback. “Many thanks also to WWOZ Board Finance Chair David Kerstein and Robert Steeg of The Steeg Law Firm for their invaluable counsel throughout this important process.”
WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station, a community radio station currently operating out of the French Quarter in New Orleans. WWOZ's mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.
WWOZ was born in 1980 in a room above Tipitina's nightclub in uptown New Orleans. From 1984 to 2005, they were based in Armstrong Park, and after Hurricane Katrina relocated to the French Market, in the city's famous French Quarter. WWOZ’s programming, live festival coverage, and Festing in Place series have become an integral part of New Orleans culture, and reach millions of people each year, both in New Orleans and in over 190 countries around the world.
About Jax Brewery
Located at the site of the former Jackson Brewery on the Mississippi River, Jax Brewery is host to immense history and culture. The Jackson Brewery was designed and constructed by German-born and educated architect Dietrich Einsiedel in 1891 and was the largest independent brewery in the south and the tenth largest single-plant brewery in the country. The brewery was in continuous operation for 80+ years and was the only New Orleans brewery to survive Prohibition by producing soft drinks before returning to its roots of producing JAX Beer. Today, the building is no longer an active brewery, but is home to a combination of retail, dining, event space, and office spaces.