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…”

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It’s August but artists are already planning for Luna Fete - the Arts Council’s public winter light show. Artists plan months ahead of the Fete.

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo is one of this year’s participants, and he is busy prepping for Luna Fete and other upcoming festivals, BUT, he is taking time out to guide artists interested in using light as a medium.

New Orleans is officially a one newspaper town - and it's The Times Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate. 

In May, the Advocate purchased its rival news organization and now the two brands have merged. WWNO's Karl Lengel spoke with the paper's editor, Peter Kovacs.

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In 1984, former Saints defensive back Bivian Lee, Jr. died tragically at the young age of 36, after suffering a heart attack, leaving behind two young children. Thirty years later, Lee’s son, Bivian "Sonny" Lee founded Son of a Saint, a nonprofit in honor of his late father and single mother.


Quentin Messer, Jr.,  New Orleans’ Business Alliance President & CEO, has recently received a couple of national commendations - one to the Ebony Power List last year and, in May, Quentin was chosen as one of North America's Top 50 Economic Developers by the peer organization ConsultantConnect. Quentin stopped by our studios to talk about some the issues facing New Orleans’ development future and the steps NOLABA is taking to keep pace.

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Kelly Fields, Chef Partner of New Orleans' Willa Jean, won the 2019 James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. This was the third year that Fields, who opened Willa Jean in 2015, was nominated for the award in this category. WWNO's Karl Lengel sat down with Chef Kelly to talk about the honor.



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The New Orleans African American Museum re-opens its exhibit in the Treme tonight (Thursday, 4/11). Originally opened in 1996, the center has had its share of problems - termites, hurricanes and mold have added to the personnel challenges. To commemorate the long-delayed opening, NOAAM and Tulane’s Amistad Center for Research present "Everywhere we are, Everywhere we go - Black Space and Geographies." Gia Hamilton, NOAAM’s Executive Director, took a few minutes to talk with Karl Lengel about the re-opening.


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In the bitter strife of the civil rights 60s, three young African American activists founded the Free Southern Theater. They used storytelling to encourage  civil dialogue, traveling to small towns across the south. One of founders, John O’Neal, ended up in New Orleans in the 70s and established Junebug Productions - to support art and challenge inequality. O’ Neal passed away on February 14th. A memorial will take place Saturday March 29 at Ashe Cultural Center - Karl Lengel sat down with Ashe’s Carol Bebelle to remember O’Neal.

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Cycling advocates and mourners held a vigil and installed a ghost bike memorial this Saturday, to honor two bicyclists whow were killed on March 2, just after the Mardi Gras Endymion parade. Seven other people were injured in an alleged drunk driving crash on Esplanade Avenue.

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Chuck Morse was recently named Urban Conservancy’s Urban Hero of 2019. Morse currently serves as of Executive Director of Thrive New Orleans, a local non-profit that creates jobs, fosters entrepreneurs and develops housing. He also works as a mentor for the Propeller Startup Accelerator Program, where he helps new businesses in the water industry. WWNO's Karl Lengel sat down with Chuck to find out more about his commitment to water sustainability and what makes an Urban Hero.


In addition to drawing thousands of tourists to New Orleans, Mardi Gras provides a chaotic disruption to residents and visitors. Parade routes, parties and extra people filling up hotels and AirBnBs can make it feel pretty crazy out there.

The digital age is changing some of that. There are now apps for tracking parades, finding transportation, and location apps. This isn't your parent's Mardi Gras.