Howard Hanson was an American composer, educator, conductor, author, orchestrator, band leader and arts advocate. Outside his hometown of Wahoo, Nebraska, there's a faded billboard. Five notable people -- claims the billboard -- hailed from Wahoo. Hanson's name is included as one of the five.

In 1930, he completed his Second Symphony, subtitled the "Romantic" Symphony. Hanson presented this symphony numerous times in concert; he also acted as conductor for two commerical recordings -- one in the 1930s, one in the 1950s.

In Remembrance: Ronnie Virgets

May 22, 2019
Fred Kasten

Ronnie Virgets was the quintessential New Orleanian: earthy, literate, funny, thoughtful, bawdy, bit-of-a-rogue, well-mannered, generous, sly, fun-loving — and one of our most insightful commentators on the vagaries of life in the Crescent City. When he passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019 at age 77, Virgets left a rich legacy of award-winning stories he’s told on the radio, on television and in print.

WWNO’s local news will take another big step forward on May 1 when Patrick Madden joins the station as Regional News Director.  Madden comes to New Orleans Public Radio after more than twelve years as a reporter at WAMU, the NPR member station in Washington D.C.

In announcing Madden’s appointment, Paul Maassen, General Manager of WWNO and WRKF, said “This marks an exciting new chapter for WWNO and WRKF as public media news organizations. I know Patrick will do great work here, and will help take the stations to the next level.”

Longtime Operations Director Ron Curtis Retires

Feb 25, 2019

After 37 years of service to WWNO, Operations Director Ron Curtis has retired, on Friday February 22.  Over the years, Ron has served as announcer, producer, host of both news and classical music, and since 1989, Operations Director. Ron has had a hand in nearly every aspect of the station’s operations, from its computer networks, to the daily schedule of programs and underwriting, to the selection of holiday programs (a favorite part of the job).

Continuum co-host Thais St. Julien has died

Jan 4, 2019
Kenneth Lass

We are sad to report that Thais St. Julien, co-host of Continuum, our program of early music, passed away on Thursday morning, January 3, after an extended illness. She was 73 years old.

You may have already heard that our local All Things Considered host, Janae Pierre, is leaving for a new job with WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama. We on the staff of New Orleans Public Radio have known about her impending departure for awhile, but we are all so sad to see her go that we’ve each avoided stepping up to write her "going away" story.  Now, however, we can avoid it no longer!

PHOTOS: 'Live From Here,' Live From The Saenger

Jan 21, 2018
Live From Here / MPR

UPDATE: We'd like to offer a special thanks to all our Member VIPs! Memento photos from the after party are now available at this link, use the password "wwno" to view and order prints.

Live From Here — led by mandolinist and composer Chris Thile — took over the Saenger Theatre on Jan. 20 for a live broadcast, hosted by WWNO that showcased an amazing array of talent, including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Grammy-winner John Prine, electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso; Guatemalan singer-songwriter and guitarist Gaby Moreno; and comedian Rory Scovel. 


Make any attempt to quickly describe James Arey, and you’re bound to leave something out. James is an artist, teacher, composer, five-time Jeopardy! champion, and one-time mayoral candidate. NolaVie’s Joe Shriner spoke with James about his most recent role, as returning Classical Music Host on Classical 104.9 FM.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Joe Shriner.

Producer Eve Abrams and students at Riverdale High School in Jefferson, La.
Jason Saul

WWNO New Orleans Public Radio is proud to announce the selection of Unprisoned: Stories from the System as a finalist in the 76th annual George Foster Peabody Awards.

Classical 104.9 FM hosts James Arey (left) and Jack Hopke.
Kenneth Lass / WWNO

WWNO 89.9 FM New Orleans Public Radio has begun broadcasting classical music on a new radio station, Classical 104.9 FM. With the launch of this twenty-four-hour all-classical station, New Orleans becomes the only Gulf Coast community between Houston and Tallahassee where music-lovers can hear classical music on FM radio anytime throughout the year. Classical 104.9’s signal is expected to reach standard FM radios throughout New Orleans, the Eastbank suburbs, and the major Westbank communities.