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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Jazz Fest Minutes

Learn a lot about the top performers at this year’s Jazz Fest in just a little while, with a fresh set of WWNO’s multi-award-winning Jazz Fest Minutes. Join producer Fred Kasten for these 120-second profiles, and find out about the musical backgrounds, influences and inspirations (and even sample some of the music!) of a diverse cross-section of the artists performing at this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell. These twenty spots will cover them all, from multiple Grammy winners to those deserving wider recognition.

Jazz Fest Minutes
3:10 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Conga Superstar Poncho Sanchez and his band play Jazz Fest on Friday, April 27th

Conga player Poncho Sanchez.

Poncho Sanchez is one of the world's greatest conga players — and has led his own band now for 32 years. Sanchez and his band — featuring special guest Terence Blanchard — play Jazz Fest on Friday, April 27th.

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The Sound of Books
2:46 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Acclaimed New Biography of New Orleans Icon Ernie K-Doe by Writer and Folklorist Ben Sandmel

Ben Sandmel's "Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans."

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the acclaimed new biography of New Orleans music legend and icon Ernie K-Doe by writer, producer, folklorist  and drummer Ben Sandmel: Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
2:20 am
Tue April 10, 2012

DJ Soul Sister Spins Rare Groove at Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th

Marc Pagani

DJ Soul Sister — a.k.a. Melissa Weber — spins her enticing brand of "Rare Groove" from the Congo Square stage at Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
1:06 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Singer Dianne Reeves Plays Jazz Fest Sunday, April 29th

Dianne Reeves is one of the world's finest jazz singers, and through the years she has hired a lot of New Orleans musicians for her bands — including Herlin Riley, Chris Severin, David Torkanowsky — and these days, pianist Peter Martin and bassist Reginald Veal, who will be featured in her quintet at Jazz Fest.

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The Sound of Books
2:52 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Beautiful New Book Explores Life and Work of Great New Orleans Sculptor Lin Emery

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten: critically-acclaimed art writer Philip Palmedo's lavishly illustrated new biography of New Orleans sculptor Lin Emery — titled simply Lin Emery...

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The Sound of Books
1:32 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

National Book Award-Winning Novel by Mississippi Writer Jesmyn Ward

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, part three of our three-part series featuring writers who are appearing at this year's Tennessee Williams Festival. Today we're spotlighting DeLisle, Mississippi writer Jesmyn Ward, author of the 2011 National Book Award winning novel Salvage the Bones.

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The Sound of Books
12:50 am
Thu March 15, 2012

New York Times Bestselling Memoir By "Ask Amy" Columnist Amy Dickinson

Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten, part two of a three-part series spotlighting writers appearing at this year's Tennessee Williams Festival. We're featuring a conversation with "Ask Amy" advice columnist and frequent Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me panelist Amy Dickinson about her bestselling memoir "The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them."

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The Sound of Books
5:52 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Engaging New Memoir From Three-Time Oscar Nominated Actress Piper Laurie

Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten -- part one of a three-part series featuring writers who will appear at the 2012 Tennessee Williams Festival -- spotlighting the new memoir by three-time Oscar nominated actress Piper Laurie, "Learning to Live Out Loud."

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The Sound of Books
1:28 pm
Sun March 4, 2012

New Book From Award-Winning Journalist Debunks "Sybil" Claims

Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten, the new book from award-winning journalist Debbie Nathan:  "Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case."

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