The prospect of having a radio station playing classical music 24/7 in New Orleans is one that makes me extremely happy. Radio stations devoted to classical music are beacons of education, culture and harmony. I am celebrating this prospect, even more as a parent of young children than as the conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic!
– Carlos Miguel Prieto
WWNO is New Orleans’ source for 24-hour classical music, and now many of our listeners have a new way to listen. Classical 104.9 FM is 24-hour classical music available on standard FM radios (car, home, office) in New Orleans and the Eastbank and Westbank suburbs.
You can also find us on your HD radio at 89.9 FM-HD2 throughout most of the greater metropolitan area. Our digital streams are live worldwide on our mobile apps and WWNO.org.
Classical 104.9 FM and WWNO HD2 air a schedule of classical selections, orchestra programs, opera and Continuum, our locally produced early music series. The schedule also includes live, locally hosted classical music, weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The program schedules on Classical 104.9 and HD2 will match; listeners won’t miss a thing whether they listen on one or the other.
On-Air Programs - CLICK ON PROGRAM NAME FOR MUSIC PLAYLISTS
(Playlists are a work in progress as we weave together several different technical systems in order to provide you with up-to-date music playlists of your favorite shows. Please bear with us as we make this service a better experience.)
Classical WWNO Weekly Schedule
WWNO Main Signal Schedule (With Classical Music Programming)
Hear Hear NOLA – New Orleans' Live Classical Music Calendar
A new online calendar of live classical music events powered by the Birdfoot Festival in partnership with WWNO 89.9 and Classical 104.9 FM.
Think of HearHear as the local classical music scene's answer to WWOZ's LiveWire – a free community resource where New Orleans' classical music presenters, musicians, and audiences can share and discoveer information about upcoming classical and art music performances in the Greater New Orleans area in an easy-to-use calendar format.
The calendar was initially beta-tested by the Birdfoot Festival in 2015, and after several years of planning and fundraising, has been formally launched with a consortium of partners at hearhearnola.org.
The calendar reveals an exciting and diverse array of weekly live classical performances – a product of the recent blossoming of New Orleans' classical music scene, which has seen the recent entry of many new ensembles, venues, and series.
User posting accounts are available to classical musicians and presenting organizations by sending an email to email@example.com. More information at http://www.hearhearnola.org/hear-hear-more-info/.
Classical 104.9 Campaign – How You Can Help
Our past attempts to launch an all-classical FM station were thwarted by the high cost of a full-service FM license—a likely $3 million or more. But this new opportunity will allow WWNO to return classical music to FM radio with a capital investment of just $225,000 and a projected initial operating cost of about $50,000 per year—for both 104.9FM and HD2!
Classical music lovers can help complete the funding with special gifts in addition to regular WWNO membership support. To help launch this exciting addition to New Orleans’ cultural life as a Founding Donor, please contact Ron Biava at 504 280 7001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classical 104.9 Advocates and Advisors
Along with Maestro Prieto, Classical 104.9 FM has the enthusiastic support of numerous leaders of the New Orleans classical music community, including to date:
John Batson - New Orleans Friends of Music, WWNO
James Boyd - Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Sarah Burnette - New Orleans Friends of Music, WWNO
J. Scott Chotin, Jr. - Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orleans Opera Association, WWNO
Dr. Steven Edwards - Symphony Chorus
David Hurlburt - Marigny Opera House
Phyllis Jordan - Symphony Volunteers, WWNO
Fred Kasten - Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, WWNO
Robert Lyall - New Orleans Opera Association
Jonathan McCall, Sr. - New Orleans Friends of Music
Drs. Emel and Ranney Mize - LPO, New Orleans Opera, Musical Arts Society of New Orleans
Julian Mutter - WWNO
Julianne Nice - New Orleans Friends of Music, Musical Arts Society of New Orleans
Carlos Miguel Prieto - Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Jan Ramsey - Offbeat Magazine
Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr. - Musica da Camera, WWNO
Francis Scully - New Resonance Orchestra
Mark Seyler - WWNO
Jenna Sherry - Birdfoot Festival
Dr. Tracey Sherry - Birdfoot Festival
Timothy Todd Simmons - New Orleans Opera Association
Thais St. Julien - Musica da Camera, WWNO
Carol Stone - Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, WWNO
Susan Talley and Jay Gulotta - New Orleans Opera Association, WWNO
Lizbeth Turner - New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, New Orleans Friends of Music
Chris Waddington - Music Journalist
Dr. Daniel Weilbaecher - Musical Arts Society of New Orleans