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.

Fall 2016 Contest Rules

Sep 29, 2016


The Whole Goal in Half the Time!

Sep 29, 2016

When Does Our Fall Membership Drive Start? It Has! And so far we've reached almost 30% of the goal. We need your gift NOW to make sure we only need to go on the air for half the time beginning on October 20th.

Our mission has been more relevant than ever during these last few months, and you can help ensure that we continue bringing essential news coverage — local, national and global — to you, your neighbors, and the whole region.

'All Things Considered' Host Jack Hopke To Retire

Aug 19, 2016
Jack Hopke.

WWNO’s afternoon program host Jack Hopke plans to retire on August 31, after presenting news and music on WWNO 89.9 FM for the last fourteen years. Fortunately for his many listeners across southeast Louisiana, Jack’s voice will not leave the WWNO airwaves completely. Jack will continue in a part-time role, programming and hosting music programs, especially his popular “Saturday Night Jazz,” and serving as a substitute local host for NPR news programs.

Manhattan Chamber Players.
Sophie Zhai

August's classical music languor will be relieved on August 18 when the new Crescent City Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) debuts at 6 p.m. with a concert in an unorthodox venue, the Urban South Brewery, 1645 Tchoupitoulas Street. The performance will be free, with food served afterward and special beer flights available for purchase.

Culture Collision, an event unlike any other, arose in 2008 due to New Orleans’ need for a collaborative voice among arts organizations. Now in its eighth year, Culture Collision boasts a roster of almost 70 participants in a one-night-only celebration of NOLA arts, remaining steadfast in its mission to foster nonprofit performing and visual arts groups in the New Orleans metro-area.

WWNO Sweeps New Orleans Press Club Radio Awards

Jul 14, 2016

89.9 WWNO -- New Orleans Public Radio swept the radio categories at the 2016 Press Club of New Orleans Excellence in Journalism Awards, held this past Saturday, July 9.

WWNO took home plaques for Best Radio Story for “Last Day at Lagniappe Academies,” a unique feature by producer Mallory Falk witnessing the final day of a Recovery School District school which had lost its charter; and for “Best Radio Show” for the 13-part feature series “Katrina: The Debris,” exploring the struggles and successes of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.


June 13, 2016

89.9 WWNO -- New Orleans Public Radio reporter Ryan Kailath has been released from jail following his arrest Saturday, July 9, in Baton Rouge on one count of Simple Obstruction of a Highway of Commerce. Kailath was providing continuing coverage of the protests that erupted in Louisiana’s capital city after the shooting death of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police.

Jesse Hardman

WWNO's Ryan Kailath was arrested Saturday while covering a protest near Baton Rouge police headquarters. The event drew members of the New Black Panther Party. Police in riot gear engaged in a standoff with the group, during which Kailath was one of many arrested and charged with simple obstruction of a highway. WWNO's Eve Troeh spoke with him about what happened.