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Gwen Thompkins To Host Monthly Radio Episodes On WWNO And WRKF About Musicians Returning To Work

Music Inside Out
Gwen Thompkins is a New Orleans native, NPR veteran and longtime host of WWNO's Music Inside Out.

Back By Popular DemandThe Music Inside Out Sessions will begin airing on both public radio stations in June. Thompkins' weekly, hour-long show Music Inside Out will go on hiatus.

The public radio program Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins, which since 2012 has featured in-depth interviews with some of the best practitioners of New Orleans music on WWNO-FM and later WRKF-FM, will leave the air June 1, but only for a little while.

Thompkins will use the hiatus to compile a book that draws from the nearly 100 interviews she’s conducted. She plans to return with the show in 2022.

But that doesn’t mean that Thompkins' fans will lack for her insightful, on-air interviews. They will have “Back by Popular Demand — the Music Inside Out Sessions,” a series of monthly radio stories about musicians and music presenters as live entertainment venues re-open nationwide. Thompkins will host the series, which will air on a variety of WWNO and WRKF programs.

Music Inside Out is collaborating on this initiative with WWNO-FM and the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Each story will be available on and be included in “From the Front Line: Narratives of the COVID-19 Pandemic in New Orleans,” as part of the collection’s oral-history project documenting the pandemic.

For more information, please contact Gwen Thompkins at, or at 504-920-8988.

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