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! Let's hope it becomes a reality; no city in the United States deserves a station dedicated to classical music 24/7 more than New Orleans!
– Carlos Miguel Prieto
Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin Music Director and Principal Conductor, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
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.
At present our digital classical stream, Classical WWNO HD2, is available online and via mobile devices, and via our HD2 broadcast channel, accessible with HD radios at 89.9 FM.
Programming and Service Area
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 3:00 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.
As resources grow we plan to enhance the listening experience with new national programs and locally recorded programs that will focus on New Orleans-area performances from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Friends of Music, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, the New Orleans Opera, and more. We want Classical 104.9 to strengthen New Orleans as an international hub for all kinds of music.
We expect the Classical 104.9 signal to reach much, but not all, of the 89.9 FM service area. Listeners in New Orleans and the Eastbank and Westbank suburbs should be able to hear 104.9 on standard FM radios anywhere--in cars, at home, and at work—subject to characteristics of their immediate location.
Northshore classical listeners will continue to be served by Classical WWNO HD2. For the future we hope to invest in new transmitters that could extend our classical music service throughout our entire service area, including Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes.
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!
Of the $225,000 capital cost, $155,000 is in hand or committed from the WWNO Executive Council (advisory board) and other donors. We are working to raise the remaining $70,000 as quickly as possible from individual philanthropists, businesses, and foundations. Our “Founding Donors” will be recognized prominently on the air, in print, and in the WWNO studio.
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 WWNO Weekly Schedule
WWNO Main Signal Schedule (With Classical Music Programming)
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