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
6:07 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" To Rob You Blind

  • An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author David Cay Johnston — The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind.

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Talkin' Jazz
4:29 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

"Talkin' Jazz" With Great New Orleans Trumpeter And Vocalist Gregg Stafford

An interview with trumpeter and vocalist Gregg Stafford.

Gregg Stafford is one of the Crescent City's most talented, deeply-rooted and musically-committed trumpeters and vocalists — the kind of performer whose rich mix of passion, expertise, energy and sense of humor always makes for good listening and happy audiences.

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The Sound of Books
4:17 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

New Book From Bestselling Author Tanner Colby: "Some of My Best Friends Are Black"

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the critically-acclaimed new book from New York Times bestselling author Tanner Colby — Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America.

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Arts & Culture
6:11 pm
Sat November 24, 2012

Debut Novel From Tulane Law Grad Shelby Tucker Satirzes International Financial Fraud

An interview with the author.

Writer Shelby Tucker's debut novel Client Service is a satire  inspired by a major mutual-fund swindle of the 1960s. It follows three well received non-fiction books by Shelby Tucker  based on his treks through Asia and Africa. WWNO's Fred Kasten has more...

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The Sound of Books
7:24 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Visionary Author Steven Johnson Defines "Peer Progressives" in Optimistic New Book

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from New York Times bestselling author Steven Johnson: Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age.

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The Sound of Books
12:30 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

New Orleans Writer Kent Westmoreland Launches Crime Novel Series

An interview with author Kent Westmoreland.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the debut novel from New Orleans writer Kent Westmoreland: Baronne Street.

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Arts & Culture
4:24 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Clarinetist Dr. Michael White Leads New Orleans Jazz Into 21st Century

An interview with Dr. Michael White.

Dr. Michael White and his Original Liberty Jazz Band play authentic New Orleans traditional jazz as well as any ensemble on the planet. Their combination of deep knowledge of the tradition, top-notch musicianship, spontaneity, contemporary relevance and passion makes for an exhilarating listening experience — whether live or recorded.

Witness Michael White's latest CD,  "Adventures in New Orleans Jazz: Part 2" — which hit the jazz radio charts right out of the box this summer and eventually garnered airplay on over 100 stations. WWNO's Fred Kasten has more...

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The Sound of Books
8:14 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Widely Praised New Biography of Leonard Cohen

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the new biography from acclaimed music journalist and author Sylvie Simmons — I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.

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Arts & Culture
12:58 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

New Orleans Artist Jacqueline Bishop Opens "Against the Tide" Saturday at Arthur Roger Gallery

Jacqueline Bishop in her studio. October 28, 2012

An interview with artist Jacqueline Bishop

Jacqueline Bishop is one of New Orleans' most respected — and collected — artists, with work in important private and public collections around the country; the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, for instance, which recently acquired several of her paintings.

Bishop opens an exhibition of new work called "Against the Tide" Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia Street. WWNO's Fred Kasten has more...

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Arts & Culture
5:58 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Solid Harmony Reigns When Topsy Chapman and Her Daughters Sing

Topsy Chapman

An interview with singer Topsy Chapman.

Topsy Chapman is one of New Orleans' finest singers, adept at gospel, blues, rhythm and blues and jazz.  Her trio Solid Harmony — with daughters Yolanda Windsay and Jolynda Phillips — is one of the best, most soulful vocal harmony groups working today. It all started for Topsy Chapman on a farm in Kentwood, Louisiana — a farm where gospel music was raised right along with the cotton. WWNO's Fred Kasten picks up the story...

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