Confused about what our schedule changes mean? Want more detailed info? Just in the mood to dig a little deeper? Here's a list of some of the most common questions we've been asked, and some answers, too!
I heard that WWNO is changing. What does that mean?
Based on more than three years of audience research, WWNO is changing its programming to provide more news and cultural programs and more classical music. Here is the plan for the new schedule:
In conjunction with today’s expansion of its radio news programs, WWNO is announcing the creation of a community news-gathering collaboration that will increase local news coverage on both broadcast and digital platforms. The news operation will introduce content from a trio of nonprofit news and information partners, bringing together experienced local journalists at a critical point in the renewal of our city, region and community.
Starting Monday, July 23, New Orleans NPR outlet WWNO FM-89.9 will be shifting morning and afternoon classical blocks to HD channels, and airing more local and national news-and-information programming.
The news is good and bad for local lovers of classical music. The good is that there are more ways to hear their favorite (or maybe even unfamiliar) composers, orchestras, quartets, singers, soloists, etc., than at any time in history.
Tulane University professor and founder of the Burkenroad Reports Stock Research Program, Peter Ricchiuti will host WWNO FM-89.9's new weekly program "Out to Lunch," debuting at 1 p.m. Monday (July 23). Here's an email Q&A: Who are you and what are you doing on WWNO?
A New Orleans native who's worked as a reporter for the Times-Picayune and NPR, Gwen Thompkins will host "Music Inside Out," a new weekly show to air Thursdays on WWNO. Here's an e mail Q&A with Dave Walker of the Times-Picayune:
A New Orleans native who's worked as a reporter for the Times-Picayune and National Public Radio, Gwen Thompkins will host "Music Inside Out," a new weekly show to air at 1 p.m. Thursday on WWNO FM-89.9. Here's an e mail Q&A: Who are you and what are you doing on WWNO?
Starting Tuesday, July 24 at 1:00 p.m. 89.9 WWNO's long-running, multi-award-winning feature series Inside the Arts will debut in a new half-hour version hosted by Diane Mack. WWNO's Fred Kasten picks up the story.
Starting next Tuesday, July 24, The Reading Life with host Susan Larson will move to new times on the 89.9 WWNO schedule: Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m., and Sundays at noon. Susan Larson recently talked with WWNO's Fred Kasten about the development and evolution of The Reading Life.
Tell Me More is one of the most recent additions to NPR's roster of high-quality news and information programs. It joins the 89.9 WWNO schedule Monday, July 23, and will air weekday afternoons at 2:00 p.m.
Tell Me More is hosted by former Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and ABC News journalist Michel Martin — who recently talked with WWNO's Fred Kasten about Tell Me More and how she got involved.
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.