Fred Kasten

Announcer & Producer

Fred is an independent contributing radio producer/host at WWNO. After working at WWNO for over 20 years as an on-air talent, producer and program director, Fred retired from full-time work in May of 2007. Fred is a native of Mobile, Alabama, a graduate of the University of Alabama, and a long-time resident of New Orleans.

In addition to his work at WWNO, Fred develops independent audio projects from a home studio, producing radio features, commercials and podcasts. Fred also does marketing and media consulting for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Jazz New Orleans
12:15 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Jazz New Orleans: Jazz Fest Weekend Update

New Orleans singer and bassist George French with David Torkanowsky and Germaine Bazzle

This week on Jazz New Orleans: a Jazz Fest weekend update — featuring music by artists appearing this weekend, as well as Thursday and Friday next week — including George French, Branford Marsalis, Don Vappie, Connie Jones, Bob Wilber, Meschiya Lake, Dr. Michael White, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jeremy Davenport and Stanton Moore.

We'll also have an extended conversation with the Player of the Week, acclaimed vocalist Rene Marie.

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Jazz New Orleans
7:12 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Jazz New Orleans Helps You Plan For Jazz Fest

Legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders.

This week on Jazz New Orleans, the first of three Jazz Fest previews, each featuring great music by artists appearing at this year's 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

This week's preview includes music by Chick Corea and his new band, The Vigil; Pharoah Sanders; Rene Marie; Al Jarreau; Allen Toussaint; Henry Butler; Germaine Bazzle and more... Plus an extended conversation with Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" — and Jazz Journalists Association "Jazz Hero" — Harold Battiste.

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Jazz New Orleans
3:53 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

March 14, 2014 Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten

Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" Cindy Scott

This week's Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten features an extended conversation with "Player of the Week" - singer Cindy Scott - whose new cd "Historia" is highly recommended - plus - music from Horace Silver, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Supersax, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Shirley Horn, Dr. Michael White, Tom McDermott, Tommy Flanagan, Paquito d'Rivera, Ray Brown - and more.

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In Memoriam
9:13 am
Tue April 8, 2014

New Orleans Artist George Dureau Dead At 83

Artist George Dureau

George Dureau is widely acclaimed as one of New Orleans' most significant artists in the latter part of the 20th century and early 21st. He died Monday after a several-year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Dureau was 83, and internationally recognized for his classically-inspired, mythology-infused paintings — and his humane photographs of some often very odd (think dwarfs and multiple amputees) male figures.

Dureau spoke with artist Jacqueline Bishop in 2005 for her WWNO series "Louisiana Artist".

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Environment
9:58 am
Mon January 13, 2014

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call

Below are segments 1, 3 and 4 of the 15-part series The Louisiana Coast: Last Call. The series aired on the New Orleans NPR affiliate, 89.9 WWNO, between May 13, 2013 and December 2, 2013.

Total running time for the three segments is 27 minutes, 37 seconds.

You can find more information on each segment, including graphics and full text, at the links preceding each audio file:

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Jazz New Orleans
2:37 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Jazz New Orleans Christmas Party

trumpeter Wynton Marsalis

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten, two hours of great jazz versions of Christmas favorites — featuring Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Holiday, Charles Brown, Johnny Adams, Katie Webster, Mel Torme, Jimmy Smith and more...

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Jazz New Orleans
11:54 am
Mon November 18, 2013

November 8, 2013 Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten

Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" John Ellis - with sousaphone virtuoso Matt Perrine

This week's Jazz New Orleans features Tom McDermott, Terence Blanchard, The Caribbean Jazz Project, Rene Marie, John McLaughlin, Karrin Allyson, Stan Getz, Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove — and an extended conversation with our "Player of the Week", saxophonist and composer John Ellis.

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Jazz New Orleans
1:28 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

November 15, 2013 Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten

Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" Randy Brecker

This week Jazz New Orleans features Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Chick Corea, Tierney Sutton, Leroy Jones, Miles Davis, Art Tatum, Donald Harrison — and an extended conversation with our "Player of the Week" — Randy Brecker.

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Jazz New Orleans
10:48 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

November 1, 2013 Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten

Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" Gregg Stafford
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Jazz New Orleans
2:38 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

October 25, 2013 Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten

Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" Roseanna Vitro

This week's Jazz New Orleans, featuring Shirley Horn, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Henderson, Roy Hargrove, Al Grey, Jimmy McGriff, Cubanismo — and an extended conversation with Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" Roseanna Vitro...

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