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Saturday Evening Schedule Changes

A Message from General Manager Paul Maassen

A new schedule of music programs with Louisiana appeal awaits Saturday evening listeners beginning August 3. Each of the shows originates in New Orleans, and together they cover the broad range of styles influenced by New Orleans and Louisiana. Here’s the new Saturday evening (and early Sunday morning) lineup:

  • American Routes, 5-7 p.m. Produced in New Orleans by host Nick Spitzer since 1998, American Routes is a weekly dive into the diverse sounds and styles of American popular music. (Also airs Sundays 6-8 p.m.)
  • Saturday Night Jazz, 7-11 p.m. Each week host Jack Hopke presents a selection of mostly mainstream jazz, from standards to new works, that acknowledges contemporary influences.
  • Jazz New Orleans, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Two hours of the best jazz from the last 70 years, selected and hosted by longtime WWNO personality Fred Kasten. (Also airs Fridays 8-10 p.m.)
  • Music Inside Out, 1-2 a.m. Each week host Gwen Thompkins celebrates the music and musicians of Louisiana with an hour of music and an in-depth interview (Also airs Thursday nights (7-8 p.m.) and Saturdays (12-1 p.m.).

To permit this new local flavor for Saturday evening’s broadcast, WWNO will no longer carry Live From Here, a very good program that showcased contemporary musical talent. Over the years there have been numerous listeners who have advocated a stronger New Orleans musical presence on 89.9. After considerable thought, we decided to move in that direction with this new Saturday schedule.

I look forward to listener feedback about the new Saturday evening schedule, and welcome the chance to try other New Orleans-based programs in this period. Please stay in touch; send me your thoughts and suggestions at

As always, we at New Orleans Public Radio aim to serve you with the best news, cultural, and music programs. Thank you for your interest, your listening, and your support.


Paul Maassen
General Manager

Paul arrived at WWNO as general manager in March 2008. Since his arrival, Paul has strengthened the station’s finances, introduced new national news and information programs, revamped the digital WWNO2 schedule to complement 89.9, and launched digital WWNO3 as an all-jazz channel. He has placed new emphasis on WWNO’s role in the community, devoting resources to local news reporting and cultural features, and encouraging new collaborations among New Orleans’ cultural organizations and the region’s public media.

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