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
2:54 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Top Marks for New Mohsin Hamid Novel — "How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia"

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely-praised and highly recommended new novel by Mohsin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.

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The Sound of Books
12:17 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Susan Straight's Highly Recommended New Novel "Between Heaven and Here"

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new novel from award-winning author Susan Straight — Between Heaven and Here.

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Members Make It Possible
12:27 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Listener Addie Martin on Why She Contributes a Dollar a Day to WWNO

Addie Martin.

Local food blogger Addie Martin has been a WWNO listener for nearly a decade, and listens more now than she ever has before.

"I really love the new shows during the day," Martin says. "Some are the call-in shows, some are the interviews, just one-on-one — a good variety of topics, they're always very timely and interesting guests."

Martin says in the last few years she's really found herself increasing the amount of time she listens to WWNO every day. And if she misses a show, she'll catch it on podcast. It's why she and her husband are dollar-a-day members.

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Members Make It Possible
1:02 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Jameeta Youngblood on Becoming a Sustaining Member

Jameeta Youngblood.
Janet Wilson WWNO

WWNO's business manager is a member, too! Jameeta Youngblood explains why she became a sustaining member, rather than a dollar-a-day member like she's been in the past.

"It was easier for me to become a sustaining member," Jameeta said. "I felt like I wouldn't have to constantly be reminded to renew my membership, it would automatically happen. I just felt it was something easy for me to do and a lot less work for the membership staff."

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The Sound of Books
3:29 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Timely New Book from Pulitzer Prize Winner Garry Wills, "Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book by New York Times-bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills, Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition.

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The Sound of Books
2:13 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Hanna Rosin's New Book Explores "The End of Men"

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the latest book from award-winning journalist and author Hanna Rosin, The End of Men: and the Rise of Women.

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Music
5:05 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

"Talkin' Jazz" with Great Drummer Herlin Riley

An interview with drummer Herlin Riley.

Herlin Riley is one of the world's finest drummers — the sort of fully engaged performer whose blend of passion, expertise and palpable joy is irresistible. He recently sat down with WWNO's Fred Kasten for the "Talkin' Jazz" interview series at the Old U.S. Mint, and talked about the profound role that family played in shaping his life in music.

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The Sound of Books
11:38 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Well Crafted Thriller from Novelist Stephen Maitland-Lewis: "Emeralds Never Fade"

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the recent novel by soon-to-be part-time New Orleanian Stephen Maitland-Lewis, Emeralds Never Fade.

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The Sound of Books
1:18 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Evocative New Work From Alabama Writer Frye Gaillard: "The Books That Mattered"

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from journalist and author Frye Gaillard, The Books That Mattered: A Reader's Memoir.

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The Sound of Books
3:51 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Susannah Cahalan's Vivid Mix of Memoir and Medical Thriller: "Brain on Fire"

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely praised new memoir by journalist Susannah Cahalan: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.

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