Thomas Walsh

Producer

Thomas Walsh is an independent radio producer for WWNO.  Each week he works to produce new editions of Louisiana Eats and All Things New Orleans, as well as Notes From New OrleansThe Farmer's Market Minute, and The Green Minute.  Outside WWNO, Thomas is a volunteer disc jockey for WTUL, where he hosts a weekly live four-hour program broadcasting twentieth century classical music. Thomas has four years experience in audio engineering, and a BA from Trinity University in San Antonio where he double majored in communications and philosophy. Someday he will give away his entire collection of Grateful Dead concerts, which has swelled to unnecessary proportions in recent years.

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NOLA Life Stories
1:30 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

NOLA Life Stories: George Wein's Rocky Road To Jazz Fest

George Wein, seated, worked with different music experts to guarantee that the Jazz Fest lineup was stylistically diverse.
Credit Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.

Jazz Fest creator George Wein was a pianist and professor of jazz studies at Boston University when he organized the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954. He scored another hit with the Newport Folk Festival and became a sought after concert promoter.

When officials from New Orleans wanted him to produce a festival in the Crescent City, George knew he wanted to do it, but encountered some obstacles along the way.

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NOLA Life Stories: Tom Benson's Journey To The Top

Tom Benson, pictured with wife Gayle and granddaughter Rita Benson LeBlanc, grew up in the St. Roch neighborhood and graduated from Brother Martin High School and Loyola University.
Credit Chuck Cook

When Tom Benson purchased the New Orleans Saints in 1985, the team had never had a winning season. Over the course of 30 years, Tom has helped reshape the team to become one of the NFL's most popular teams and a source of community pride throughout the Gulf South. 

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Nola Life Stories
3:00 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

NOLA Life Stories: Ronnie Kole & The New Orleans Buccaneers

The 1969-70 New Orleans Buccaneers pose for a team photograph during the team's last season in town. The team was subsequently in Memphis for five seasons moved to Memphis before the ABA folded in 1976.
Credit American Basketball Association

Local basketball fans have rooted for the Pelicans, the Hornets, and the Jazz, but did you ever root for the Buccaneers? 

The Buccaneers were one of the original 11 teams in the American Basketball Association and New Orleans' first professional basketball team. People took notice of the ABA because of the flashy chances they took: they invented the Slam Dunk contest, had celebrity owners, and made open invitations for anyone to play on their teams.

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NOLA Life Stories
8:44 am
Tue December 30, 2014

NOLA Life Stories: How Bobby Grier Broke The Color Barrier At The Sugar Bowl

Bobby Grier was the leading rusher at the 1956 Sugar Bowl with nearly 100 yards.
The Owl at the University of Pittsburgh

Bobby Grier was the first African-American to play in the Sugar Bowl. As a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers, Grier played against Georgia Tech on January 2, 1956 — only months after Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi and weeks after Rosa Parks was arrested in Alabama.

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Nola Life Stories
5:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

JoAnn Clevenger, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The French Quarter

JoAnn Clevenger grew up in a strong Baptist community in northern Louisiana and eventually found her way to New Orleans. She worries that without a central place to call their own, the bohemians and small business owners of the French Quarter will be ousted from the historic neighborhood.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

JoAnn Clevenger had never even heard of Mardi Gras until she moved to New Orleans in the late 1950’s. She dropped out of Tulane to care for her mother and then moved to the French Quarter shortly thereafter. At that point in her life the jazz clubs, restaurants and literary circles she hung around weren’t like anything she’d seen.

    

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Nola Life Stories
5:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

AP Tureaud Jr.'s Creole Perspective: Memories Of The 7th Ward

After graduating from Xavier University, Tureaud left New Orleans in 1960 and traveled the world before settling in White Plains, New York, where he worked as a director of special education for more than 30 years.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

AP Tureaud Jr. was raised in the 7th Ward, which he called “the stronghold of the Creole community.” A Creole himself and the son of prominent civil rights lawyer AP Tureaud Sr., he remembers the neighborhood upheld education and leadership. But as often as this unified message was preached, Tureaud says not everyone in the community was given equal footing. 

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Grab A Knife And Pick Them Yourself: Hand Harvesting Grapes In Napa Valley

The harvest: 2,000 pounds of chardonnay reserve picked in half an hour. The professionals can pick just as many grapes in a quarter as much time.
Credit Terry McCarthy

Even though they weren't the most ideal crew for picking grapes, the members of the American Harvest Workshop rose to the challenge of hand-harvesting chardonnay  on a cloudy California morning.

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Rene Brunet Jr.'s Lifetime Serving The Silver Screen

Although they don't own the facility, Rene Brunet Jr.'s family has signed a 50-year agreement with the Prytania Theater that allows them to operate it exclusively.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

When Rene Brunet Jr. was a kid, his father owned the Imperial Theater, a single-screen movie house in Mid-City. At the time, movie theaters were neighborhood institutions and played to the vaudeville expectations of the audience. But from the time he was a child, Rene saw the film industry undergo one transformation after another, which put his family’s business under constant pressure to change or get out of the way.   

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

John Mecom Jr., Original Owner Of The Saints, Says Professional Football Is No Place For A Romantic

John Mecom Jr. was actively involved in the sports industry. Apart from the Saints he owned Mecom Racing Team, which managed several Formula One racing teams and drivers.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

When New Orleans was awarded its NFL franchise in 1966, the first person to own the team was John Mecom Jr. – a 26-year-old Houstonian whose father made a fortune in the oil industry. An avid sports fan, John helped shape the team’s identity: he picked out their colors and logos, and even helped move them to the Superdome.

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Nola Life Stories
5:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

A First-Hand Account Of Integration: Leona Tate Looks Back At McDonogh 19

As a young child without reference, the crowds of protesters awaiting Leona Tate at McDonogh 19 in the Lower 9th Ward sounded like a boisterous Mardi Gras parade.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

When the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that separate black and white schools were unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, it seemed desegregation was close at hand. But it took six years before the New Orleans school system was integrated. In the fall of 1960, Leona Tate — then only 6 years old — was one of four young black girls escorted through a crowd of protestors.

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