This is an overdue letter to thank The Advocate for excellent coverage and recognition of some unique Baton Rouge treasures. Your entertainment writer, John Wirt, did outstanding work in profiling Zia Tammami as inaugural recipient of the Southern University Alvin Batiste Hall Of Distinction Award at the Shaw Center. In advance, Wirt also reported Zia's 40 years of volunteer work on Baton Rouge public radio. Zia — a talented engineer by trade — is still a volunteer and hosting the longest-running jazz appreciation radio show in the world with four decades on public radio.
His show is now available worldwide on the internet. John Wirt also wrote an outstanding story on a special jewel of the Capitol City region. The first public radio stations in Baton Rouge — WBRH FM 90.3 and KBRH 1060 AM at Baton Rouge High on Government Street — recently celebrated its own 40th anniversary on the air, and John Wirt's excellent article profiled this special community asset. Wirt did exceptional work in describing the many unique personalities who have hosted radio shows — such as Zia and others — and the many, many students who have been beneficiaries of the radio training program.
professor of law, emeritus