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Remembering Katrina: Seven Years After the Storm

David Freedman
David Freedman

This is the time of year when I tell folk: No, New Orleans has not “recovered.” It never will—it lost 200,000 of its people, and the genius of the city is not its government (that’s for sure!), its business acumen, its educational prowess—the genius of the city has always been its people. And, by extension, the neighborhoods and wards which are an expression of that people. They are not back in so many ways, either. But I also say that while we will never recover—we will move on. And, indeed, we have. The city is strong, vibrant—its musical scene very much alive and well. It has become one of the fastest growing cities in America. People—especially young, highly-educated, creative people—are escaping to this northern capital of the Caribbean from the mind-numbing, franchised routine that seems to be squeezing the psychic horizon of so many across the land. It is said that every seven years every cell in our body is replaced, so that at the end of every seven years we are a completely new person. It has been seven years now, and I would say that New Orleans is just that—completely new—and moving on.

- David Freedman, General Manager WWOZ, August 2012


WWOZ Thanks the Katrina Network

In the months following the failure of the federal levee system in New Orleans, a group of 31 community radio stations from around the world lent a much-needed hand as WWOZ struggled to stay on the air.

WWOZ salutes this group of stations — now affectionately called the Katrina Network — for embodying the true spirit of community radio, as well as the notion of Guarding the Groove. The Katrina Network is commemorated on the back of the WWOZ Live Broadcast Truck (pictured) as a testament to the power of community radio stations working together.

The Katrina Network
KALW
San Francisco, CA
KDHX
St. Louis, MO
KBOO
Portland, OR
WJFF
Jeffersonville, NY
KSVR
Mount Vernon, WA
WOMR
Provincetown, MA
WMPG
Portland, ME
WBGO
Newark, NJ
KDNK
Carbondale, CO
KOTO
Telluride, CO
WFHB
Bloomington, IN
KRCB
Rohnert Park, CA
WLIU
Southampton, NY
WCWP
Southampton, NY
KZFR
Chico, CA
WEMU
Ypsilanti, MI
KBCS
Bellevue, WA
KSDS
San Diego, CA
CKUA
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
3PBS
Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia
KGNU
Denver, CO
WGDR
Plainfield, VT
KXCI
Tuscon, AZ
KUVO
Denver, CO
KRFC
Fort Collins, CO
WRFG
Atlanta, GA
WFCR
Amherst, MA
KPFT
Houston, TX
KQED
San Francisco, CA
KEXP
Seattle, WA
WFMU
Jersey City, NJ
Community Radio Working Together!

 

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