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.

Ways to Connect

Dear WWNO Listeners: NPR recently shared the news that the network will end production of Tell Me More on August 1, 2014. This was a decision that NPR made for strategic as well as budgetary reasons. WWNO was not involved with this decision. NPR believes the issues and perspectives that Michel Martin and the Tell Me More show team have brought to public radio should be infused into every aspect of NPR's journalism. While Tell Me More is ending, Michel is staying with NPR as part of a new...

French Market

The French Market Corporation — which oversees the six city blocks of the French Market proper, the Upper Pontalba Building , Jackson Square, parking lots, and much more — has a new executive director. WWNO General Manager Paul Maassen spoke with Jon Smith, the new director of the French Market, about what the Market encompasses, what his job entails, and plans for the future.

The Historic New Orleans Collection

New Orleans, the largest and most prosperous city in the antebellum Deep South, spent the Civil War in fetters, occupied by Union troops in late April 1862. The Historic New Orleans Collection's latest exhibit , "Occupy New Orleans! Voices from the Civil War", taps the experiences of ordinary men and women — Northerners and Southerners alike — during that time. WWNO's Paul Maassen talked with Mark Cave, The Historic New Orleans Collection's Senior Curator and Oral Historian, and asked him...

The Advocate is Louisiana’s largest daily print newspaper, based in Baton Rouge. As of last week, it has a new owner. New Orleans businessman John Georges bought the paper from the Manship family, the paper's owners for over a century . The Advocate is growing circulation, including a New Orleans edition added last year when the Times-Picayune cut back printing to three days a week. Georges plans to grow the New Orleans readership for The Advocate, while maintaining its Baton Rouge presence....

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The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com have announced that the company will once again publish a physical paper seven days a week. But it won’t be the full newspaper. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays readers will find a shorter, tabloid sized publication at newsstands — instead of the empty space they see now. It will not available for home delivery. WWNO’s Paul Maassen sat down with Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss to talk about the new product. “The publication is called TPStreet , and it is going...

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

New Orleans is one of six cities in the United States to receive the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Road Maps to Health Prize , a $25,000 award dedicated to improving health at the population level. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the President and CEO of the Foundation, tells WWNO's Paul Maassen why New Orleans stands out from the 160 cities that applied. She's joined by New Orleans Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who commented that receiving the prize validates the city's approach towards...

Make WWNO a Year-End Priority! Your tax-deductible gift will help WWNO bring you a new year of extraordinary and enlightening programming. Thank you for a great anniversary year! Your generous support in 2012 accomplished a great deal. As you reflect on 2012, please take a moment to consider what WWNO means to you.

In addition to well-known national programs like Marketplace , Morning Edition , and All Things Considered , this year WWNO began airing more local programming than ever...

WWNO presents the world broadcast debut of the jazz composition, "Bamboula Take Three: The Legacy of Congo Square."

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off their 22nd season this Saturday night, September 22nd, with their Night of Nights concert with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, and feature artist Joaquin Achúcarro on piano. WWNO's Paul Maassen spoke with James William Boyd, the LPO's new Interim Managing Director, about the upcoming season and how he became involved with the LPO. Learn more about this performance and the entire LPO season at LPOmusic.org

Paul Maassen and Dr. Ed Chervenak, Director of the UNO Survey Research Center , discuss the state of our vital civic institutions in the years since Hurricane Katrina and the storms aftermath, and examine your responses and to our week-long series and the results of UNOs New Orleans Quality of Life Survey You can read the entire 2012 Quality of Life Survey here . To download the file as a .pdf, right click on the link and select Save As. Join in the discussion! Comment on our discussion with...

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