My name is Tim Sweeney and I love all kinds of music from New Orleans so much that I host a show of it every week. The show is a gumbo of blues, jazz, R&B, hip hop, folk, cajun/zydeco, Mardi Gras Indian, rock, and everything in between-new and old . . . . . . . (See show times below.)
While I’ve lived in the Northwest for over 40 years, I was born in New Orleans and attended Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School at the corner of Freret and Napoleon from kindergarten to fourth grade in the 60’s. I wore the uniform required of Catholic students — khaki shorts, black tie and saddle oxford shoes. Lourdes is no longer a school but I still wear the khaki shorts.
Sweeney’s Gumbo YaYa is recorded at the studio of KAOS 89.3 Olympia — a community radio station located in Olympia, Washington (2,619 miles from Frenchmen Street) . During COVID-19 restrictions, I’ve recorded the show in my home but it still broadcasts to Olympia and Bellingham listeners. To get a flavor of the show, here’s a bit about the show’s patron saint!
I visit New Orleans as often I can (annually) and I stay plugged in with help from New Orleans musicians who respond to my emails, by reading Offbeat, listening to stations like WWOZ and WHYR in Baton Rouge, and by talking with friends and connections. I also follow all my favorite NOLA artists through my facebook page. If you poke around this website, you’ll find articles, interviews and pictures of bands and musicians performing in New Orleans and the Northwest. Let me know what you think.
Thursdays, 10 a.m. – KAOS, 89.3 FM Olympia – Live (not during COVID restrictions)
Fridays, 7 p.m.. – KMRE, 102.3 FM Bellingham – Same show
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