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.

Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten, part two of a three-part series spotlighting writers appearing at this year's Tennessee Williams Festival. We're featuring a conversation with "Ask Amy" advice columnist and frequent Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me panelist Amy Dickinson about her bestselling memoir "The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them."

Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten -- part one of a three-part series featuring writers who will appear at the 2012 Tennessee Williams Festival -- spotlighting the new memoir by three-time Oscar nominated actress Piper Laurie, "Learning to Live Out Loud."

Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten, the new book from award-winning journalist Debbie Nathan:  "Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case."

40 years ago today — February 27, 1972 — 89.9 WWNO signed on the air, bringing New Orleans-area listeners a widely varied schedule of programming, including NPR News, classical music and jazz. One of the station's original staffers was a 19-year-old UNO student named Tom Fitzmorris, who went on to build a fine career as a radio talk show host, restaurant critic and writer in the Crescent City. WWNO's Fred Kasten has the story...

Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten, the widely praised stand-alone novel by "Easy Rawlins" mystery series author Walter Mosley -- "The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey."

Today - on "The Sound of Books" - with Fred Kasten - the late author and historian Manning Marable's widely praised new biography, "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention"...

Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten: the new book from New Orleans author and Tulane School of Architecture Professor Emerita Ellen Weiss.

Today, on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the much-anticipated new book from award-winning New Orleans writer John Barry, Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State and the Birth of Liberty.

To find out more about John Barry's new book, and his signing January 16, 2012, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books, please click here .

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely-praised debut book from veteran New Orleans political and national security consultant – and writer – James P. Farwell, The Pakistan Cauldron: Conspiracy, Assassination and Instability.

To find out more about James P. Farwell, and The Pakistan Cauldron, please click here.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely-praised new book from writer Anka Muhlstein, Balzac's Omelette: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honoré de Balzac.

To find out more about Anka Muhlstein, and "Balzac's Omelette," please click here .