Home Music therapy “It’s Good For Your Soul,” WWOZ Delivers Musical Relief As Ida’s Recovery Begins

“It’s Good For Your Soul,” WWOZ Delivers Musical Relief As Ida’s Recovery Begins


NEW ORLEANS – As the state begins to recover from Hurricane Ida and the devastation in southeast Louisiana, WWOZ aims to be more than just a radio station.

“When something happens, whether it’s a hurricane or a coronavirus, we always think people need to escape,” said Beth Arroyo Utterback, WWOZ

This escape, according to general manager Beth Arroyo Utterback, comes in the form of New Orleans music and its healing quality at a time when we all need it.

“You know I think there is really something to be said about music therapy because some people have said ‘the first thing I do is turn on wwoz and I just like to start smiling and dancing before I go. getting ready for my day .. whatever it is… whether it’s meeting an insurance adjuster or waiting in line for fema, ”said Beth Arroyo Utterback, WWOZ

The listener-supported, volunteer-programmed radio station is known locally and around the world, but during the storm the music stopped albeit briefly.

“Our transmitter on Canal Street was down, but we have remote broadcast feedback … you had to be briefed and listen to what was going on … and hear all the reports, but you also just needed a moment to get away from those few hours to get away from it, ”said Beth Arroyo Utterback, WWOZ

While the station was quickly broadcasting online, the transmitter to get WWOZ on the radio was damaged, but they were able to use a backup on the West Rim. Soon after, they brought in live DJs while continuing the music.

“As soon as we were able to let our host come in live so they could start telling their story exactly if they evacuated or what happened in their house or what happened in their neighborhood and I think that people felt we were connected .. ”said Beth Arroyo Utterback, WWOZ.

The stories connecting the listeners but also the music, drowning the stress of the storm, brought to mind what is so special about this place.

“I think it’s good for your soul and I think New Orleans music specifically resonates with so many people around the world for so many different reasons because it tells unique stories. music is culture is food … and that will be ok..as we went through things before we went through this, just like we will go through the coronavirus, we will be able to organize festivals again and this is what that WWOZ is here to remind people, ”said Beth Arroyo Utterback, WWOZ.