Blakeview: WSMB-AM

This week, we turn back the dial 90 years for the inaugural broadcast of one of the city's legendary radio stations ­— WSMB-AM, which signed on the air April 21, 1925. Although WWL was established in 1922, WSMB was the city's first commercial radio station, staffed by professional announcers and engineers working in studios on the 13th floor of the Maison Blanche building, which now houses the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

What can you tell me about Mrs. H.G. Cenas and her school?

Blake Pontchartrain: The New Orleans N.O. It All
Hey Blake,   In her book Memories of the Old Plantation Home, Laura Locoul Gore tells of attending the school of Mrs. H.G. Cenas.

Blakeview: Pelican Stadium

This week marks a milestone in local sports ­— the 100th anniversary of the opening of Pelican Stadium, home to baseball in New Orleans from 1915 to 1957. The stadium had its roots in a ballpark called Heinemann Park, located across from Jesuit High School on South Carrollton Avenue and Banks Street.

What goes on at the Brown's Dairy in Central City?

Blake Pontchartrain: The New Orleans N.O. It All
Hey Blake, What goes on at the Brown's Dairy in Central City?

Blakeview: Jacob and Mary Morrison

As huge crowds descend on the French Quarter this week for the free music festival that bears the area's name, we remember Jacob and Mary Morrison, the husband-and-wife team who dedicated much of their lives to preserving the area for future generations. They moved to the Quarter in 1939, a time when the neighborhood was almost a slum, according to many accounts.   Just two years earlier, the Louisiana Legislature created the Vieux Carre Commission, and in 1941 the state Supreme Court granted the agency the authority to enforce building rules in the French Quarter.


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