Paul Maassen

General Manager

Paul arrived at WWNO as general manager in March 2008.  Since his arrival, Paul has strengthened the station’s finances, introduced new national news and information programs, revamped the digital WWNO2 schedule to complement 89.9, and launched digital WWNO3 as an all-jazz channel.  He has placed new emphasis on WWNO’s role in the community, devoting resources to local news reporting and cultural features, and encouraging new collaborations among New Orleans’ cultural organizations and the region’s public media.

Paul began his radio career in metropolitan New York – New Jersey, where, over eleven years, he served as on-air personality, operations manager, and program director for four commercial stations.  In 1998 he became general manager of WNTI, a public station in Hackettstown, NJ affiliated with Centenary College, where he managed an all-volunteer staff.  In 2005 he moved to the Dayton, OH area to serve as general manager of WYSO.

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Each year on most mornings of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Sync Up conference brings together leaders in music, film and digital media for educational and networking events to help independent artists navigate the changing landscape of new media. WWNO's Paul Maassen spoke with Scot Aiges, ‎Director of Programs, Marketing & Communications at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, about this free gathering, now in it's 9th year.

WWNO General Manager Paul Maassen.
Janet Wilson / WWNO

This is certainly a busy time of year for WWNO with the gubernatorial election, coastal developments, education news in full swing, and so many cultural events taking place in New Orleans. The award-winning WWNO News Department under the leadership of News Director Eve Troeh continues to grow and produce some great content for WWNO 89.9/KTLN 90.5, and online as well at WWNO.org. If you haven’t heard our ongoing Nola Life Stories series, produced in collaboration with The Historic New Orleans...

St. Bernard Fire Department via The Historic New Orleans Collection

This month, as part of WWNO's ongoing Katrina 10 coverage, we bring you The Katrina Files: Reflections from First Responders. This series is based on oral histories conducted by The Historic New Orleans Collection and hosted by Paul Maassen.

Chris Mickal

This month, as part of WWNO's ongoing Katrina 10 coverage, we bring you The Katrina Files: Reflections from First Responders. This series is based on oral histories conducted by The Historic New Orleans Collection and hosted by Paul Maassen . This episode features interviews with the 39 th Infantry Brigade of the Arkansas Army National Guard , which was the first unit called after Katrina to back up the Louisiana National Guard.

DMAT-CA6, via the Historic New Orleans Collection

This month, as part of WWNO's ongoing Katrina 10 coverage, we bring you The Katrina Files: Reflections from First Responders. This series is based on oral histories conducted by The Historic New Orleans Collection and hosted by Paul Maassen.

LDWF, Via Historic New Orleans Collection

This month, as part of WWNO's ongoing Katrina+10 coverage, we bring you The Katrina Files: Reflections of First Responders — selections from oral histories conducted by The Historic New Orleans Collection and hosted by Paul Maassen.

Scott Aiges

New Orleans is right in the middle of Jazz Fest, which features plenty of live music. But there is also an associated event called the Sync Up Conference , now in its eighth year, designed for independent artists to learn more about the business of music. WWNO’s Paul Maassen spoke with Scott Aiges, Programs Director for the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, about the conference.

NPR

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! will be returning to New Orleans for a show at the Saenger Theatre on March 12. WWNO General Manager Paul Maassen spoke with WWDTM host Peter Sagal on the history of the show, and why producers just do what they think is funny. This Thursday’s live show at the Saenger is sold out… but you’ll be able to listen on the air this Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m., repeating Sunday at 3 p.m.

The Historic New Orleans Collection

Thursday marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, which influenced the course of American history and propelled Andrew Jackson to the Presidency. The Historic New Orleans Collection currently has an exhibition on view entitled Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans. WWNO’s Paul Maassen talked to HNOC’s Associate Director for the Williams Research Center, Jason Wiese, about the exhibit, Jackson, and the Battle's anniversary. The exhibit will be on display through March and is...

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Preservationists and music lovers in Mandeville are working to create a new seasonal tradition — enjoying jazz music in an open-air, historic jazz hall. Cars lined a back street in a Mandeville neighborhood on a recent Friday, as soft Christmas lights and the sound of jazz lit up the warm autumn air. New Orleans jazz vocalist Germaine Bazzle’s voice spilled out of the open windows of an unassuming old bargeboard building, called the Dew Drop Jazz Hall , located in a residential area just...

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