Jack Hopke

Announcer & Producer

Jack is a Program Host and Producer at WWNO and has been with the station since 2003. He hosts All Things Considered, All Things New Orleans, and afternoon classical music, and produces Saturday Night Jazz.  He also serves as the station's Public Service and Jazz Coordinator.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Jack graduated from Dartmouth College, where he became general manager of WDCR, the country's only commercial, open-air, student-run AM station.  He was named a Distinguished Graduate in both German and Military Science.  After graduating from Dartmouth College, Jack spent four years as an Airborne Ranger in the US Army and received the Bronze Star for valor while serving as a captain with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.

Jack returned to radio with WQBK-FM in Albany, NY, but left after seven years to join the music industry. He worked in marketing, promotion, and artist development with RCA, Warner Brothers, and Windham Hill Records, and made significant contributions to the careers of numerous well-known recording artists.

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Jazz Fest 2014
1:19 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Zack Smith: Capturing Jazz Fest Frame By Frame

Zack Smith, official French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival photographer, giving a master class to photography students before the 2014 FQF.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

As the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off, here on All Things New Orleans we’re highlighting one of the behind-the-scenes people running around the Fairgrounds.

Zack Smith is one of three official Jazz Fest photographers, working to capture the musicians’ performances, as well as some moments of revelry and relaxing between stages. And he has tips for all of us to capture the festival experience in pictures.

The official photographer of Jazz Fest. What does that role entail?

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Environment
7:18 am
Fri April 25, 2014

New Coastal Index Measures Population Shifts, Economic Opportunity In Changes To Land And Water

Sunset on the Mississippi River, with a view of New Orleans.
NOAA

The Data Center released its first Coastal Index this week. WWNO's Jack Hopke sat down with Executive Director Allison Plyer and Senior Research Fellow George Hobor to learn more.

Among the lessons learned, data since 2005 show many coastal communities, like Chauvin and Dulac, are losing residents. Those choosing to stay are more likely to be poor than those who leave. That means the remaining population is more vulnerable to events like storms, with fewer resources to help them bounce back after disaster.

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Latest News
4:42 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Annual Concert Series Kicks Off In Armstrong Park

Armstrong Park's fifth season of Jazz In The Park starts Thursday.
Gwen Harlow Flickr

People United for Armstrong Park is an organization with the mission of "establishing the park as a nurturing, living environment for the arts."

Toward that end, a few years ago they established an annual jazz concert series, which opens its 2014 season on Thursday.

Mary Steele of People United for Armstrong Park says there is a lot to look forward to this year.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Talking Cinema With Filmmaker Henry Griffin

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Henry Griffin is an Artist in Residence in film at the University of New Orleans. He joins us each month to discuss an aspect of the movie scene in and around New Orleans. This installment? Revival houses, pop-ups, outdoor spaces and other places to see movies besides the major multiplex.

Henry's suggestions for a few places to catch an old film the way it was meant to be seen: in a group audience.

Classic theaters:

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The Lens
4:27 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

An Unusual Coalition Opposes Sky-High Incarceration Rates

An unusual coalition of organizations are hoping to ease sentencing requirements for some crimes, either keeping convicts from seeing the inside of a prison cell, or lessening the time they spend in one.
Digital Archaeology CoDiFi via Flickr

Many lawmakers around the nation have adopted the “get tough on crime” slogan in the last 25 years. But Louisiana took it to heart, perhaps more so than anywhere else.

Without question, Louisiana leads the country in the percentage of its residents imprisoned. The rate is twice as high as the national average. In fact, the state’s figures are close to the worst in the world, inviting comparisons to countries like North Korea.

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The Lens
4:45 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Residents Raise Questions About Uptown Streets Marked 'Private'

Richmond Place is one of three Uptown streets that are posted as private, but haven't been taxed. Assessor Erroll Williams is investigating whether the streets are indeed private.
Charles Maldonado The Lens

 

There has been a battle brewing over the fence on Newcomb Boulevard, which residents installed to block traffic from Freret Street. A group of residents and community associations responded with a lawsuit objecting to the gated closure of a public street.

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The Lens
11:28 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Lens: Critics Say Governor Jindal Should Stay Closer To Home

Gov. Bobby Jindal
Anne Power Shutterstock.com

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has recently been traveling around the nation in his role as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

But, on the heels of a stinging political defeat of one of his close allies in a northeast Louisiana congressional race, the governor is facing calls to re-engage with Louisiana residents and elected officials, instead of traveling around the country pursuing what many suspect are his presidential ambitions. 

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The Lens
1:48 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Sheriff And Fire Department Argue For Bigger Slice Of City Budget

Firefighters protested outside New Orleans City Hall before the start of Friday's budget hearings, which looked at the Fire Department's budget and under-funded pension.
Charles Maldonado The Lens

It's that time of year again, when the mayor and city council hash out a final budget plan for the city. Hearings started last week.

Mayor Landrieu's proposed $500 million budget is tight, but there are very few major cuts to city services, and no layoffs or furloughs for workers. In fact, if his administration's predictions are correct, the city will end up with it's first budget surplus in years.

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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Jason Patterson Discusses The Upcoming Jazz At The Sandbar Season

A Jazz at the Sandbar performance from 2012.
UNO Music Department

Jason Patterson returns to the WWNO studio to discuss upcoming plans for this season’s Jazz at the Sandbar.

Most may know Patterson for the managerial work he does at Snug Harbor, but he is also a part of a few non-profit organizations in New Orleans — including lending his talents to the New Orleans Jazz Celebration; a non-profit organization that he says acts as an umbrella organization helping to produce jazz series like A Nickel a Day and Jazz at the Sandbar.

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All things New Orleans
3:05 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Jack Hopke And UNO Professor Richard Goodman Discuss New Storyville Series

Ricahrd Goodman, UNO creative writing professor and the Creative Director of Storyville.
Richard Goodman

Richard Goodman, a University of New Orleans professor of creative nonfiction writing, sits down with Jack Hope to discuss the new Storyville series — a collaboration between WWNO and the university’s Creative Writing Department.

Goodman has been at UNO for three years as an assistant professor to both graduate and undergraduate level students. Describing himself as a lifelong writer, Goodman also touched on some of his work, including his first book, French Dirt.

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