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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WWNO
4:58 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

WWNO's Louisiana Eats! with Poppy Tooker Expands to Full Hour Starting July 25

Starting the week of July 23, a top-notch slate of NPR News and information programs — including On Point, Here and Now and Tell Me More — will join the 89.9 WWNO weekday lineup.

At the same time, one of the station's most popular local programs, Poppy Tooker's Louisiana Eats!, will move to new times — Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m. — and expand to a full hour. Poppy Tooker recently talked with WWNO's Fred Kasten about the origins of Louisiana Eats! and plans for the expanded version.

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The Sound of Books
7:20 am
Wed July 11, 2012

New Memoir From Ultra-Successful New York City Restaurateur Joe Bastianich

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the new memoir from ultra-successful New York City restaurateur Joe Bastianich — Restaurant Man.

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WWNO
5:06 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Tulane Finance Professor and Investment Expert Peter Ricchiuti to Host "Out to Lunch" on 89.9 WWNO

The people behind New Orleans' transformation into the nation's top city for young entrepreneurs is who you'll meet on Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti — which joins the 89.9 WWNO lineup Monday afternoon, July 23 at 1:00 p.m.  Ricchiuti recently talked with WWNO's Fred Kasten about Out to Lunch, and how the program got started...

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Interviews
5:27 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Award-Winning Journalist Tom Ashbrook and "On Point" Join 89.9 WWNO Lineup July 23rd

Starting Monday, July 23, New Orleans listeners will be able to hear NPR's On Point weekday mornings from 9 - 11 a.m. on 89.9 WWNO. On Point is one of the best, most compelling news and information programs on radio, with its daily two-hour blend of expert guests and listener calls conducted with great skill, intelligence and insight by host Tom Ashbrook.

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Programming
5:16 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Hall of Fame Broadcaster Hosts Mid-Day News Magazine Coming to WWNO July 23rd

One of the outstanding programs coming to the 89.9 WWNO lineup on July 23rd is the mid-day news magazine Here and Now — hosted by Hall-of-Fame Boston broadcast journalist Robin Young. Young talked with WWNO's Fred Kasten about her career, and Here and Now.

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The Sound of Books
8:02 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

New Collection of Essays by Longtime Gourmet Magazine Wine Editor Gerald Asher

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the new collection of essays by longtime Gourmet Magazine wine editor Gerald Asher — A Vineyard in My Glass.

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The Sound of Books
7:46 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Widely Acclaimed Debut Novel Set in 2008 Financial Crisis

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — The Darlings, the widely-acclaimed debut novel by Cristina Alger, set against the 2008 financial crisis.

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Music Inside Out
4:10 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Former Times-Picayune and NPR Reporter Gwen Thompkins to Host "Music Inside Out" on WWNO

One of the exciting new programs coming to the WWNO schedule in July is the locally-produced Music Inside Out — which is being developed and put together by a talented, experienced radio team, including former Times-Picayune and NPR reporter and editor Gwen Thompkins.

Thompkins is a New Orleans native who grew up in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood with a deep love of music.

The Sound of Books
11:08 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Ruth Salvaggio's New Book About the History of Poetry in New Orleans

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from New Orleans native and University of North Carolina English and American Studies professor Ruth Salvaggio, Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward.

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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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