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
7:08 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

Critically Acclaimed New Mystery from Edgar Award-Winning Author Tana French

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the critically acclaimed new mystery from New York Times-bestselling, Edgar Award-winning writer Tana French: Broken Harbor.

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Music
8:46 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Universal Music Releases Important Louis Armstrong Recording Session to Honor Satchmo SummerFest

This year's Satchmo SummerFest — New Orleans' annual celebration of the life, legacy and music of Louis Armstrong — was again the occasion, for the second year in a row, for an important release of Armstrong material from Universal Music's vast archive.

The Sound of Books
4:56 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Critically Acclaimed New Collection of Short Stories from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Fiction Writer

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten: the widely praised new collection of connected short stories from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz, This Is How You Lose Her.

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The Sound of Books
4:46 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Widely Praised New Biography of Iconic American Novelist David Foster Wallace

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten: the widely praised new biography from journalist and author D. T. Max, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace.

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The Sound of Books
4:29 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Award-winning American Journalist Explores French Parenting Techniques

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the new memoir from international affairs journalist Pamela Druckerman, Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.

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The Sound of Books
2:44 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Century-Old Louisiana Kidnapping Mystery Solved in New History: "A Case for Solomon"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new non-fiction investigation of a century-old Louisiana mystery: A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation, by co-authors Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright.

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WWNO
3:35 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Award-Winning WWNO Producer Diane Mack to Host New Half-Hour Version of "Inside the Arts"

Starting Tuesday, July 24 at 1:00 p.m. 89.9 WWNO's long-running, multi-award-winning feature series Inside the Arts will debut in a new half-hour version hosted by Diane Mack. WWNO's Fred Kasten picks up the story.

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The Sound of Books
7:50 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Widely-Praised New Memoir from California Writer and Grief Therapist Claire Bidwell Smith

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten: the widely-praised new memoir from California writer and grief therapist Claire Bidwell Smith, The Rules of Inheritance.

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WWNO
7:32 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Writer and Literary Critic Susan Larson's "The Reading Life" Moves to New Times on 89.9 WWNO

Starting next Tuesday, July 24, The Reading Life with host Susan Larson will move to new times on the 89.9 WWNO schedule: Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m., and Sundays at noon. Susan Larson recently talked with WWNO's Fred Kasten about the development and evolution of The Reading Life.

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WWNO
6:08 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Award-Winning Journalist Michel Martin and "Tell Me More" to Join WWNO Lineup July 23rd

Tell Me More is one of the most recent additions to NPR's roster of high-quality news and information programs.  It joins the 89.9 WWNO schedule Monday, July 23, and will air weekday afternoons at 2:00 p.m.

Tell Me More is hosted by former Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and ABC News journalist Michel Martin — who recently talked with WWNO's Fred Kasten about Tell Me More and how she got involved.

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