Dave Ankers is the Director of Content at WWOZ 90.7 FM and wwoz.org, New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage radio station.
He has worked in radio since 1984, starting at WMMR in Philadelphia, and then at SW Networks, Launch Media, Launch Radio Networks under Yahoo! Music, and United Stations Radio Networks.
At WWOZ since 2012, he has been a project manager and a liaison to the Archive of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, as well as producer of the radio program New Orleans Calling and of the station’s Tricentennial Music Moments.
He has also been the executive producer of many award-winning live broadcasts for WWOZ, including from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, clubs around the city, and WWOZ’s own studios.
In 2020, during lockdown, Dave co-created the groundbreaking Jazz Festing in Place broadcast on WWOZ, which united tens of thousands of Jazz Fest fans in New Orleans and around the world by creating a new virtual festival on the radio and on the internet and social media, when the famous music festival itself could not take place. Festing in Place became the template for hundreds of other virtual festivals and events over the next two years, and is now also an annual tradition at WWOZ.