Jason Saul

Director of Digital Services + Corporate Development

Jason Saul is WWNO's Director of Digital Services, a multimedia journalist and a member of the station's corporate media underwriting team, dedicated to fostering partnerships with local businesses in support of their outreach efforts and WWNO’s fundraising goals.

Jason heads up WWNO's sports desk, is the point person for digital initiatives and social media outreach, and is a spot news and features reporter during major events.

Jason, a native of New York (but a long-time resident of the Crescent City), has an extensive background in traditional, digital and social media, and the intersections between them.

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Crime
6:26 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Man Found Shot to Death in Lower 9th Ward

A man was found by a grass-cutting crew in the Lower 9th Ward around 3 p.m. today with multiple gunshot wounds, the New Orleans Police Department announced in a press release this afternoon.

The crew discovered the victim in a vacant lot at the intersection of Benton and North Miro Streets and immediately notified police, according to the NOPD. The man had been shot several times and was unresponsive when officers arrived, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.

10:15 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Wynton Marsalis and Poppy Tooker: An Ode to Gumbo

Lead in text: 
There is a big difference between gumbo and just any old soup. Gumbo is a full meal. It's a tradition and a philosophy. The fundamentals don't change, but the variations are endless. Our own Poppy Tooker went on CBS Sunday Morning to show Wynton Marsalis how it's done.
(CBS News) On New Orleans' Super Bowl Sunday, Wynton Marsalis brings us an essay about his home town's signature dish, as much a cultural symbol of New Orleans as the bayou or jazz: New Orleans, the Crescent City. It remains a fascinating place because of the diversity of its culture.
Super Bowl XLVII
11:33 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Superdome Power Outage Statement

The following joint statement from SMG and Entergy on the power outage at the Superdome has just been released through the NFL:

The following is a joint statement from Entergy and SMG (management company of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome) regarding the partial power loss during the Super Bowl in New Orleans.

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The Superdome
1:31 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

The Superdome Through the Years

Frank Lotz Miller's 1970 architectural model of what would become the Superdome.
Curtis and Davis Office Records Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries

The Superdome began as a public referendum in 1966, and shines today as New Orleans gets ready to celebrate Super Bowl XLVII.

Built atop the bulldozed Back o' Town neighborhood, the Superdome is the site of ecstasy and tragedy, of countless celebrations and memories, historical agonies and post-K clichés. The Dome is a temple to our Saints and our city, and — love it or hate it — you can't ignore it.

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Super Bowl Festival
4:16 pm
Sat February 2, 2013

Verizon 'Super Bowl Boulevard' Concert Lineup

The Verizon Super Bowl Boulevard is a four-day festival located at Woldenberg Park, stretching along the riverfront from the Aquarium of the Americas to Toulouse Street.

The Boulevard features a four-day lineup of music and events spread out across four stages, along with food and drink, live television broadcasts, Host Committee partner events, and other assorted and sundry festival offerings.

The festival is free and open to the public, opening Thursday and continuing through Super Bowl Sunday. A printable map and schedule is below.

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Business
3:39 pm
Sat February 2, 2013

Voodoo Music Festival Sold to SFX Entertainment

The Voodoo Music Experience has been bought by SFX Entertainment, a New York-based producer and promoter of concerts and other live entertainment, according to an article on Billboard Magazine's website.

Though SFX — a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications — has recently been acquiring dance music properties, Robert F.X. Sillerman, the company's president, told Billboard the mutli-genre Voodoo festival is a great fit for them.

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Traffic
3:20 pm
Sat February 2, 2013

Hazardous Cargo Restrictions for Super Bowl Sunday

Hazardous cargo transportation will be restricted throughout the City of New Orleans on Super Bowl Sunday, the state Department of Transportation and Development has announced.

The restrictions will be in place from 12:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. on Feb. 3.

Hazardous cargo will be redirected from I-10 West to I-610 West, from I-10 East to I-610 East, and will not be permitted to cross the Crescent City Connection. U.S. 90, U.S. 61 and the Huey P. Long bridge will not be restricted, the department has said.

Super Bowl XLVII
3:13 pm
Sat February 2, 2013

Traffic Restrictions at Tchoupitoulas Street

The Tchoupitoulas Street exit from the Crescent City Connection will be restricted from 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. daily through Sunday, Feb. 3 to accommodate Super Bowl-related events at the Convention Center.

All traffic during the restricted period will be forced to turn right onto Tchoupitoulas Street and head upriver, according to the state Department of Transportation and Development. No traffic will be permitted to go straight on Calliope, or turn left onto Tchoupitoulas.

Super Bowl XLVII
4:01 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Inside the Super Bowl's Social Media Command Center

Volunteers monitor goings-on at the Social Media Command Center.
Jason Saul WWNO

Deep inside the Convention Center, well away from the throngs of journalists that have descended on the city and behind a false wall protected by a security guard, is a group of tech-savvy people manning the Super Bowl Host Committee's social media command center.

The job of the social media command center is to keep a close eye on the social space for trends and any problems that might arise, to promote the Super Bowl and the city, and to respond to people who have sent questions out into the ether on anything from sports-related inquiries to where they should eat dinner.

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Crime
2:12 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Crime Drops in New Orleans for 2012

Crime in New Orleans dropped nearly eight percent in the last quarter of 2012, and by one percent for the year overall, according to numbers released today by the New Orleans Police Department.

Murders and rapes dropped by 18 percent in the last quarter of 2012, armed robberies by 32 percent, auto theft by nearly 34 percent, burglaries by more than 13 percent, and simple robberies by more than two percent. however, instances of assault were up 16 percent, and thefts were up more than four percent.

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