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.

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The Sound of Books
11:50 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Acclaimed New Novel from New York Times Best-Selling Author Joshilyn Jackson

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely praised new novel from New York Times best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty.

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The Sound of Books
6:17 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Acclaimed New Book About Big Oil From Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner Steve Coll

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely-praised new book from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Steve Coll: Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
1:03 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

New Orleans Pianist Jesse McBride Leads Living Tribute to Harold Battiste at Jazz Fest Sunday, May 6

Top-notch New Orleans pianist Jesse McBride is a long-time friend and protege of outstanding composer, arranger, producer, educator and saxophonist Harold Battiste – and leads an all-star big band living tribute to Battiste, with special guests Germaine Bazzle and Ellis Marsalis, at Jazz Fest Sunday, May 6.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
12:44 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Soul-Stirring Singer Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Play Jazz Fest Sunday, May 6th

For right at a decade now Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been one of the most soulful and dynamic bands going. They play Jazz Fest Sunday, May 6.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
1:26 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Great Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon to Bring "Hello Pops" Louis Armstrong Tribute to Jazz Fest May 4th

Wycliffe Gordon is one of the world's finest trombonists - a talented trumpeter - and gifted vocalist.  Wycliffe Gordon brings his acclaimed "Hello Pops" tribute to Louis Armstrong to Jazz Fest Friday, May 4th...

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Music
2:20 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Great Pianist and Composer Herbie Hancock Plays Jazz Fest Saturday, May 5th

Jazz Fest headliner Herbie Hancock has done it all in music: he's had hit records - won multiple Grammys - played in and led legendary bands - composed for television and film. At 72 - Herbie Hancock continues to travel the world making great music - and - since last summer - serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO. WWNO's Fred Kasten has more...

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Jazz Fest Minutes
1:57 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Great Pianist and Composer Herbie Hancock Plays Jazz Fest with His Quartet Saturday, May 5th

Herbie Hancock is one of the world's finest pianists – and a great composer.  He plays Jazz Fest with his quartet Saturday, May 5.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
3:15 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Iguanas to Debut New "Sin to Sin" CD at Jazz Fest Thursday, May 3rd

For over 20 years now Rod Hodges, Joe Cabral and the Iguanas have lured listeners onto the dance floor with their intoxicating blend of blues and Latin grooves.  Catch them playing music from their new CD Sin to Sin at Jazz Fest Thursday, May 3.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
10:21 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Versatile and Accomplished New Orleans Pianist Larry Sieberth Plays Jazz Fest Seven Times in 2012

Larry Sieberth.

Larry Sieberth is one of New Orleans' most versatile and accomplished pianists and a top-notch arranger and composer – which may account for him landing 7 gigs at this year's fest – including Saturday, April 28th, with The Gospel According to Jazz, and Thursday, May 3rd, with the Joint's Jumpin'.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
11:26 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Bassist George Porter, Jr. Plays Jazz Fest with Runnin' Pardners May 3, and funky METERS May 6

Great New Orleans bassist George Porter, Jr. plays Jazz Fest with his longtime Runnin' Pardners Thursday, May 3, and with the funky METERS Sunday, May 6.

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