Radio show provides jazz lover therapeutic medicineWritten by Sandra White | | email@example.com
When Suzanne Carroll’s interest was first sparked in jazz, she never dreamed the music would become an important therapeutic influence in her life.
As host and producer of The Jazz Brunch on 101.5 WRVF, The River, Carroll said she uses her love for jazz to help her cope with Multiple Sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with six months prior to beginning the show.
”Listening to jazz all these years has been almost like medicine. It has been a battle, but the jazz has really done a nice job of sustaining me,” Carroll said.
Carroll now celebrates her 10th year on The Jazz Brunch, which originally aired on WIOT, a rock station. Soon after its revival on smooth jazz station, WJZE, Carroll purchased the airtime and began to operate the entire show herself.
Having ownership allowed Carroll to move the show to different stations before it found its home for the past five years on WRVF.
”It is my passion and it is quite an honor to have 10 years in radio because radio is a fickle business in any market,” Carroll said.
The music played on Carroll’s show every week comes from the 5,500 CDs in her personal collection. ”If it doesn’t feel good to me, it doesn’t get on the show,” Carroll said. ”The show is a three-hour jazz journey that is cool and groovy and a great way to spend your Sunday morning.”
Don Gosselin, former program director of WRVF, said Carroll’s show is a Sunday morning tradition, which airs live every Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon. ”It is the perfect show at the perfect time of the day,” Gosselin said. ”It is the only outlet for jazz music on the radio in this town. To be on such a radio station that has a very large coverage area brings wonderful jazz music to a lot of people.”
While many jazz stars have been on her show, one of Carroll’s favorite moments was when David Lander came for Mother’s Day this year. ”That was absolutely amazing, having someone who has that unbelievable experience in stage, television, broadcasting and MS. He enhanced the understanding of jazz and MS in our community.”
While there are no anniversary celebrations in December due to her speaking on Dec. 15 for the Louisiana chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Baton Rouge and an upcoming MS-related surgery, Carroll plans on scheduling parties in January through the spring.