Karl Lengel

Host for All Things Considered

Karl Lengel has returned to New Orleans to serve as WWNO’s local host for All Things Considered, a post he held here pre-Katrina.  Besides radio, Karl has had a long theatrical career too; read on to learn all about our talented and versatile announcer!  He and his wife Ann Casey are delighted to be back home in New Orleans!

Karl Lengel has worked in the lively arts as an actor, announcer, manager, director, administrator and teacher. In broadcast, he has accumulated almost 20 years of on-air experience, in formats ranging from AOR and pop music to classical and jazz, in stations in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Orleans and New York.  Karl started at WWNO in 2000 as a sub announcer for NPR and classical music programming. From 2003-2005, Karl was WWNO’s All Things Considered anchor, and worked again as a sub at WWNO in 2012-13.

When not on the air, Karl could be found backstage as a stage manager in live theatrical productions, including Broadway productions of Miss Saigon and Minnelli on Minnelli, and national tours of Les Miserables, Cats, Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Annie. Karl is proud to be a member of Actors’ Equity Association. In May, 2018, Karl stage managed his first opera, Le Nozzi di Figaro for OperaNaples.

Karl also has established a resume as an actor, appearing in various New Orleans’ productions at Southern Rep and the Tulane Shakespeare Festival from 2000-2005. Elsewhere, audiences in Orlando, New York and Washington DC have seen performances in productions ranging from Benedik in Much Ado About Nothing to Henry Higgins in Pygmalion.

Karl shares a five decade love and friendship with his wife, performer Ann Casey. Their daughters Jessica and Gretchen live in Florida and Colorado, and Karl and Ann spend any free time they can with their two granddaughters in Florida.

“Gee, but it’s good to be back home…”

Ways to Connect

Slave Rebellion Reenactment

The Slave Rebellion Re-enactment - a performance piece based on the German Coast Uprising of 1811 - takes place this Friday and Saturday upriver along the Mississippi and into New Orleans. Artist and primary organizer Dread Scott sat down with Karl Lengel to tell us what to expect.

US Department of Veterans Affairs

There's some important news for veterans in New Orleans. Officials will break ground November 5 on a new Fisher House in the city. A Fisher House provides families a place to stay, free of charge, while their loved ones are receiving treatment at a VA Medical Center or military base.

Karl Lengel spoke with head of the Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and New Orleanian Robert Wilkie.

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Maestro Robert Lyall of the New Orleans Opera discusses the co-production of "The Falling and The Rising" with Jefferson Performing Arts Society and Jefferson Performing Arts Center (JPAC) Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at JPAC.

Howell Binkley is a Tony Award winning lighting designer. He frequently collaborates with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and, today, discusses the value of collaboration in artistic endeavor. Portions of this intervciew were originally aired in WWNO's "Inside the Arts" in March of 2019.

IATSE Local 39

New Orleans’ Saenger Theater originally opened in 1927 as a vaudeville palace, and struggled through the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s as a movie theatres accommodated changing tastes. In 1977, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was renovated for the large musical theatre tours of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Since then, Katrina damaged it in 2005 and it was again renovated and reopened in 2013. As officials plan an implosion on the Hard Rock site across the street, the theater building sits idle.

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This Work of Art episode features an interview with Hardy Weaver. The New Orleans native found theatre in his teens and attended NOCCA. He then went on to the theater program at FSU and a showcase in New York. Following some road tours with productions of Footloose, Cats and A Chorus Line he landed a spot in the national tour of The Book of Mormon, opening in Chicago. He stayed for about a year and headed back to NewYork as an understudy for The Book of Mormon on Broadway.

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This week on The Work of Art, an interview with Alex Smith, Technical Director for Southern Rep Theatre (SRT). Southern Rep has been New Orleans’ premiere professional theatre for a few decades, and lost their permanent residence in 2012. The company went on a local tour of New Orleans' theater spaces. Smith moved here from the Northwest in 2012 and quickly picked up work; for awhile, he was at Le Petit Theatre as they restructured the facility. In 2013, as SRT was leaving its long-time home in Canal Place, Alex came on board as Technical Director. He joins us to share the company’s five-year use of a variety of existing city theaters until their relocation at the new facility on Bayou Road in Gentilly.

New Orleans Public Radio begins a new series today entitled “The Work of Art.” Support for this series is provided by the Helis Foundation.

A play, a concert and even a simple painting on the wall, all require the contributions of many people, some with very unique and individual perspectives on their “work of art.” How does an artist’s work get to its audience - who are the contributors, why do they prefer the shadows, and what makes art work?

Karl Lengel

There are a lot of ways to pass this coming holiday weekend - the traditional American salute to the millions who worked and toiled for a better life and a better country. Grilling meat is popular - wrapping up the summer season. The juncture of the end of summer, our proximity to a serious food culture, and a butcher in Mid-City that got the attention of Food & Wine made for a tasty pursuit. If you happen to be looking for a piece of meat, we’ve got just the place for you.

City of New Orleans

New Orleans’ homicide rate has fallen in recent decades, but the city still has one of the highest murder rates in the country. Each year since 1972, at least 145 people have been murdered in New Orleans. And nearly all of the victims were killed by firearms. Mayor LaToya Cantrell has just announced a new plan to tackle gun violence. WWNO’s Karl Lengel spoke with Joshua Cox, the Mayor's Director of Strategic Initiatives, about the new Gun Violence Reduction Plan.