James Arey

Classical Music Host

James served as Classical Music Host and Music Director for WWNO from 1999-2007. He relocated to Atlanta with several WWNO staff members after Katrina, and, in 2007, he accepted a position as Music Director at KVNO in Omaha, Nebraska, where he coached young announcers, programmed, and hosted classical music until 2010.

He studied composition at Loyola University, and studied voice with Giorgio Tozzi and Klara Barlow at Indiana University.

Active as a composer, James has been honored with recent commissions from the Episcopal Archdiocese of NY/NJ. He has also written for New Orleans Musica da Camera's Thais St. Julien and harpist Catherine Anderson.

James's artwork is on view at Ariodante Gallery here in New Orleans; he was featured in their December 2015 show.

In his free time, James is known around the WWNO studios and offices as a baker, with a specialty for pies and cheesecakes. As a former five-time champion on "Jeopardy!", James has also coached several local contestants before their TV appearances. He was also featured in a recent video clue, providing the official "salute" from the film The Three Amigos.

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In downtown New Orleans, the Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium delights visitors with all manner of flying beauties like the Arched-Wing Cattleheart, the Monarch, the Blue Morpho and the Grecian Shoemaker!

During our locally-hosted program "Classical New Orleans" on FRIDAY, September 7, we will "give wing" to a full hour of lovely music based on -- and, inspired by -- butterflies !

Classical 104.9 FM & WWNO HD-2

American composer, conductor, arts advocate, educator and author Leonard Bernstein would've been 100 on Saturday.

Here at Classical 104.9 FM we've been honoring Bernstein this week, airing not only his original stage and concert pieces, but also some of his legendary recordings made as conductor of the New York Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Thanks to the generosity of our listeners during our Spring Memberfest and Give NOLA Day, we've recently been able to add some new and vintage recordings to our Classical 104.9 FM music library.

While some performances are from 2017 and 2018, we've also found some classic recordings from decades past -- they're all a welcome addition to our growing music library.

James Arey will highlight a full hour of these new recordings on Friday morning, June 1, at 9:00am on Classical New Orleans.

Here at Classical 104.9 FM, we really enjoy being able to broadcast the newest releases from the current generations of classical music superstars... But, as our music library continues to grow, we’re often discovering CDs that were released over the past few years that we missed out on obtaining the first time around.

Classical 104.9 turns ONE this weekend!

Yes, January 27th marks the official First Birthday for Classical 104.9 here in New Orleans.

As the city of New Orleans gets ready to welcome another Carnival season, Classical 104.9 FM has some parade-themed pieces perfect for your "krewe".

Listen FRIDAY, January 5th at 9am for a full hour of music to get you ready for the parades! 

Along with our live-hosted music, we've created a Spotify playlist, full of carnival pieces and New Orleans favorites.

This year, WWNO and Classical 104.9 share an awesome schedule of holiday programs! Music and stories to inspire and entertain, including the festival of nine lessons and carols from Cambridge England, and the New Year's Day concert from Vienna. Happy Holidays!

The wait is finally over... a brand-new season of live, Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera begins at Noon on Saturday, December 2nd. A complete performance of Verdi's sweeping "Requiem" begins this new season, with favorites including Mozart's "The Magic Flute" and Lehar's "The Merry Widow" airing in December.

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The season of Autumn arrives in New Orleans — officially — at 3:02pm on September 22. And, as we get ready for the crunching of leaves, the wearing of sweaters, and the carving of pumpkins, Classical 104.9 FM is musically ready, with a selection of “seasonal” gems to accompany the cooler temperatures! 

Here at Classical 104.9 FM, we really enjoy being able to broadcast the newest releases from the current generation of classical music superstars: Joshua Bell, Murray Perahia, Hilary Hahn, Mischa Maisky and Dawn Upshaw, to name just a few.

But, as our music library continues to grow, we’re often discovering CDs that were released in the past 5-10 years that we missed out on obtaining the first time around.

And, while these amazing recordings aren’t the newest-of-the-new, we’re still thrilled to be able to get them into our library AND on the air.

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