40th Anniversary

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WWNO Marks Forty Years of Broadcasting, 1972-2012

A Quick History of WWNO at 40

Apr 5, 2012

John Batson was General Manager of WWNO throughout a period that saw numerous achievements, including improved transmission across the region, acquisition of KTLN to serve the Houma - Thibodeaux area better, and locally-produced programs, like Crescent City. Before retiring, John wrote this history of the station.

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...

Amid everything that we are doing here at 89.9 WWNO, we are also squeezing in a commemoration of our 40th Anniversary.

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Take a listen to a special anniversary message from All Things Considered host Robert Siegel.