When she first became involved with WWOZ, she "had no intention of every being on the air. I just wanted to volunteer behind the scenes, lick envelopes, and help in any way I could." Her administrative volunteer work led to her doing voiceovers for promotional announcements, and then filling in for various rhythm & blues, jazz, and New Orleans Music Show slots. One of the shows she'd fill in for occassionally, The Soul Show, was offered to her on a tri-weekly basis on Saturdays from midnight until 2:00 a.m. She eventually retitled her show (now a weekly slot) Soul Power, to emphasize the soulful feeling of the music she chose to play, as opposed to the specific genre style of soul. Here, she began diversifying the sound to represent all soulful music of the 1970s and 80s (and, at first, late 60s), from funk to Afrobeat to disco to D.C. go-go - and, of course, soul. The catch-all term for all the music genres that she shares on the show is rare groove, as she takes pride in emphasizing music and musicians that weren't top sellers or extremely well-known to the mainstream. After several years, the station program manager informed Soul Sister that her show would be moved from its midnight slot to earlier from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m., and it's been in that slot ever since.
While Soul Sister plays her theme song, "Bold Soul Sister" by Ike & Tina Turner, from a CD each week, 99% of the selections she plays on the show are on vinyl LPs and 45s and, as she says, "from my collection to yours."
Listen to Soul Power with Soul Sister on WWOZ every Saturday night from 8:00 - 10:00 pm. CDT. New Orleans residents can tune in on the radio at 90.7 FM. Worldwide listeners can enjoy the show via the WWOZ smartphone app or wwoz.org. The station makes past shows available on demand via the 2-Week Archive. Click here to search for the song titles that were played on a particular show.