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.

Tonight on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Central on 89.9 WWNO and streaming live at – An extended conversation with bass great Christian McBride, our Jazz New Orleans “Player of the Week” – and will play Jazz Fest with his Big Band, featuring vocalists Dianne Reeves and Jeffrey Osborne, on Sunday, May 3.

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (Fridays from 8–10 p.m. Central on 89.9 WWNO and streaming live at — An extended conversation with pianist and composer Monty Alexander, the Jazz New Orleans “Player of the Week.” Alexander will play Jazz Fest with his Harlem-Kingston Express on Thursday, April 30.

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (Fridays, 8–10 p.m.

This week on Jazz New Orleans: a Jazz Fest weekend update — featuring music by artists appearing this weekend, as well as Thursday and Friday next week — including George French, Branford Marsalis, Don Vappie, Connie Jones, Bob Wilber, Meschiya Lake, Dr. Michael White, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jeremy Davenport and Stanton Moore.

We'll also have an extended conversation with the Player of the Week, acclaimed vocalist Rene Marie.

This week on Jazz New Orleans, the first of three Jazz Fest previews, each featuring great music by artists appearing at this year's 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

This week's preview includes music by Chick Corea and his new band, The Vigil; Pharoah Sanders; Rene Marie; Al Jarreau; Allen Toussaint; Henry Butler; Germaine Bazzle and more... Plus an extended conversation with Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" — and Jazz Journalists Association "Jazz Hero" — Harold Battiste.

This week's Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten features an extended conversation with "Player of the Week" - singer Cindy Scott - whose new cd "Historia" is highly recommended - plus - music from Horace Silver, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Supersax, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Shirley Horn, Dr. Michael White, Tom McDermott, Tommy Flanagan, Paquito d'Rivera, Ray Brown - and more.

George Dureau is widely acclaimed as one of New Orleans' most significant artists in the latter part of the 20th century and early 21st. He died Monday after a several-year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Dureau was 83, and internationally recognized for his classically-inspired, mythology-infused paintings — and his humane photographs of some often very odd (think dwarfs and multiple amputees) male figures.

Dureau spoke with artist Jacqueline Bishop in 2005 for her WWNO series "Louisiana Artist".

Below are segments 1, 3 and 4 of the 15-part series The Louisiana Coast: Last Call. The series aired on the New Orleans NPR affiliate, 89.9 WWNO, between May 13, 2013 and December 2, 2013.

Total running time for the three segments is 27 minutes, 37 seconds.

You can find more information on each segment, including graphics and full text, at the links preceding each audio file: