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

Lakefront Airport

February marks the 85th anniversary of the opening of New Orleans Lakefront Airport. The facility served as New Orleans' major commercial airport for 12 years, until the opening of Moisant Airport in 1944, which later became Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Nicola Heindl

New Orleans-based Putumayo Records is celebrating 25 years this spring, and expanding its business model to include streaming, children's books and cultural travel experiences.


National Cyber Security Alliance

Over half of Louisiana’s employees work for small businesses, which increasingly rely on data collection to build their commerce. Protecting these employees, the businesses they work for and the customers they serve is the goal of the National Cyber Security Alliance. The Alliance, in conjunction with the New Orleans Business Alliance, is sponsoring a free one-day workshop to offer businesses the tools to protect data.

Creative Commons

In the digital era, musicians seeking to promote their music are in a shifting landscape that can seem daunting. How do you safely approach various outlets - like film and TV - and maintain your product?

The New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation are collaborating on a workshop to help local musicians safely navigate areas like licensing and copyright issues. Karl Lengel spoke with Morgan Stewart of NOLABA about the workshop.

There’s a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that asks "life’s most urgent and persistent question is: what are you doing for others?” First spoken by Dr. King in 1957, it reverberated in speeches throughout the remainder of his life. It is the guiding principle in the Day of Service, a holiday spent “on” instead of “off”. For a decade, several New Orleans universities have come together -  students, faculties and families - to do for others, specifically, to address the New Orleans Diaspora of Hurricane Katrina.

Jessica Rosgaard

New Orleans' Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Planning Commission is coordinating several events across the city in commemoration of Dr. King's birthday (Tuesday, January 15). Events include a day of service on Saturday (January 19) and a march on Monday (January 21).


New Orleans City Council

Life in New Orleans isn't always easy. Potholes, flooding and blighted homes give us a lot to complain about. And those complaints have been bogging down city council meetings, which often aren’t long enough to accommodate all of the New Orleanians who show up. So now the council is starting a special committee just to hear complaints - the Quality of Life Committee. WWNO's Karl Lengel talked to councilman Joe Giarrusso, who is heading up the committee, about what he hopes to accomplish.


River Parishes Tourist Commission

Louisiana’s river parishes have long marketed their historic plantations as tourist attractions. St. John the Baptist, St. Charles and St. James parishes make up the River Parishes Tourist Commission - which has embraced the new slogan “New Orleans Plantation Country.” But they’re facing some pushback from critics who say that taxpayer money shouldn’t be used to celebrate the history of plantations in the south without acknowledging the slavery and human suffering associated with them.

LUNA Fête 2018

Dec 7, 2018
Arts Council of New Orleans

The Arts Council of New Orleans presents its annual Light Up NOLA Arts salute through Sunday evening, December 9. The longest-running large-scale projection mapping festival in the United States features international, national and local artists in a Tricentennial salute to the city.


The French Quarter has been a cultural crossroads of the world for centuries. Its streets, alleys and buildings have provided a background for multitudes of stories, both fiction and non-fiction, that have chronicled the passages of time, lives and spirits. New Orleans’ writer Dalt Wonk, a French Quarter icon, has lived there most of his life and offers a brand new volume of stories that reflect the neighborhood’s unique charm, appropriately titled, Spiritual Gifts: French Quarter Short Stories. WWNO's Karl Lengel sat down with Dalt to talk about the book.