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.

We are at 75% of our $100,000 year-end goal, and maintaining efforts to bring in the rest!  We are also using the end of the tax year to bring in more gifts for Classical 104.9.  As December 31st approaches you may have questions—or be asked questions by other people—about year-end giving to WWNO, or about Classical 104.9 FM.

QUESTIONS? NEED HELP?  Reach me at my cellphone number  504 256 9655 or personal e-mail ronbiava@cox.net.

Janae Pierre.
Cariappa Anniaha / WWNO

WWNO 89.9 FM has hired New Orleans radio personality Janae Pierre as the station’s new local host of the NPR weekday afternoon news program, All Things Considered. In this role, Ms. Pierre oversees the program’s local broadcast, coordinating its NPR elements with local weather, traffic, underwriting announcements, newscasts and news features.

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Nov 30, 2016

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Join Us For The Coastal Desk's Sinkhole Tour!

Oct 10, 2016
Join us for the WWNO Sinkhole Tour.
Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Sat., October 22, 2016
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Starts: 624 Louisiana Ave. (View Map)


Sinkholes and potholes are a big problem all over New Orleans. There are a number of reasons why, but mainly: the land is sinking due to natural subsidence; and the infrastructure is aging. The city works to fix big problems as they arise – like the giant sinkhole downtown earlier this year – but it’s a seemingly endless problem. The Landrieu administration recently secured $2 billion from the federal government to update roads and infrastructure.

Saying Farewell to Farrar

Oct 10, 2016
Farrar Hudkins.

Longtime WWNO announcer and classical music programmer Farrar Hudkins has only one more public radio membership drive on his calendar! The sixteen-year veteran broadcaster will depart New Orleans’ NPR-member station by the end of October as he and his wife Ally Halperin move to Long Island, New York, where she has accepted the role of Development Director for Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Farrar is looking forward to finding a new role for himself among metropolitan New York’s numerous broadcasters and classical music organizations.