David had a vision in March 2020 to host a New Orleans radio show on KRTU 91.7 FM. He is now a volunteer host (DJ) for a weekly, hour-long show titled, The New Orleans Roots Music Show. Growing up on the east coast of Florida, David was musically influenced early on by his two older brothers. They introduced him to 60’s folk, Rock n Roll, and Blues. David also gained an early appreciation for Jazz as a teenager, with the help of Jack Simpson’s radio show, Jazz on the Beach, on WUCF 89.9 FM.
His exposure to the city of New Orleans and its music started in 1980. During his time, while in the Air Force, he briefly lived in New Orleans when transitioning from Seoul, South Korea to Athens, Greece. From 1982 to 1985, he was stationed and living just an hour and a half from New Orleans in Biloxi, Mississippi. This exposed him to the music scene and allowed him to fully explore New Orleans Jazz in the 80s. He visited New Orleans every other month with friends who lived in Algiers. They went to Jazz festivals like the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and attended live acts in the French Quarter at Tipitina’s and Snug Harbor.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic David began researching and listening to a broader spectrum of New Orleans Music in order to develop his New Orleans Roots Music Show. It focuses on New Orleans born artists (with a few exceptions for artists born just outside the city, i.e. Irma Thomas in Ponchatoula). David prioritizes sharing a broad sampling of music and accurate information with his listeners.
Check out the New Orleans Roots Music Show every Monday night at 8pm.