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The Katrina Files: Wildlife And Fisheries & A Bridge To Nowhere

This month, as part of WWNO's ongoing Katrina+10 coverage, we bring you The Katrina Files: Reflections of First Responders — selections from oral histories conducted by The Historic New Orleans Collection and hosted by Paul Maassen.

This episode features interviews from 2008 with agents and biologists from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

On August 29, 2005 the LDWF agents assembled in Baton Rouge to travel to New Orleans as soon as the storm passed. They established a boat rescue operation at the St. Claude Avenue Bridge in the 9th Ward by that Monday afternoon, but things were more chaotic than expected.

Paul arrived at WWNO as general manager in March 2008. Since his arrival, Paul has strengthened the station’s finances, introduced new national news and information programs, revamped the digital WWNO2 schedule to complement 89.9, and launched digital WWNO3 as an all-jazz channel. He has placed new emphasis on WWNO’s role in the community, devoting resources to local news reporting and cultural features, and encouraging new collaborations among New Orleans’ cultural organizations and the region’s public media.

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