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WWOZ Used StreamGuys CDN for “Jazz Festing in Place”

Supplier increased capacity 10-fold for the event

From Radio World’s “Application Notes” page:

StreamGuys said it helped New Orleans public station WWOZ(FM) meet a “massive” live streaming demand for its program “Jazz Festing in Place.”

Pandemic restrictions cancelled the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, so WWOZ aired and streamed an “in place” version using StreamGuys content delivery service.

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“Over the years, WWOZ — and its parent organization, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, which sponsors the annual festival — had amassed a huge media archive of live Jazz Fest appearances by such jazz greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Dr. John and Irma Thomas,” StreamGuys said in a press release.

The station showcased the performances during the dates and times that Jazz Fest would have taken place. “In addition to the live broadcast on WWOZ(FM), which blankets the New Orleans metro, the station streamed the event live over StreamGuys’ global content delivery network to reach jazz aficionados worldwide.”

It said the streamed version drew a listenership more than 20 times the station’s typical daily audience size. StreamGuys quoted WWOZ New Media Director David Stafford saying the supplier increased its capacity 10-fold, “enough to handle 50,000 concurrent streams.”