Classical 104.9 FM hosts James Arey (left) and Jack Hopke.
Kenneth Lass / WWNO

WWNO 89.9 FM New Orleans Public Radio has begun broadcasting classical music on a new radio station, Classical 104.9 FM. With the launch of this twenty-four-hour all-classical station, New Orleans becomes the only Gulf Coast community between Houston and Tallahassee where music-lovers can hear classical music on FM radio anytime throughout the year. Classical 104.9’s signal is expected to reach standard FM radios throughout New Orleans, the Eastbank suburbs, and the major Westbank communities.

We are at 75% of our $100,000 year-end goal, and maintaining efforts to bring in the rest!  We are also using the end of the tax year to bring in more gifts for Classical 104.9.  As December 31st approaches you may have questions—or be asked questions by other people—about year-end giving to WWNO, or about Classical 104.9 FM.

QUESTIONS? NEED HELP?  Reach me at my cellphone number  504 256 9655 or personal e-mail ronbiava@cox.net.

Janae Pierre.
Cariappa Anniaha / WWNO

WWNO 89.9 FM has hired New Orleans radio personality Janae Pierre as the station’s new local host of the NPR weekday afternoon news program, All Things Considered. In this role, Ms. Pierre oversees the program’s local broadcast, coordinating its NPR elements with local weather, traffic, underwriting announcements, newscasts and news features.

Contest Rules

Nov 30, 2016

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Join Us For The Coastal Desk's Sinkhole Tour!

Oct 10, 2016
Join us for the WWNO Sinkhole Tour.
Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Sat., October 22, 2016
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Starts: 624 Louisiana Ave. (View Map)


Sinkholes and potholes are a big problem all over New Orleans. There are a number of reasons why, but mainly: the land is sinking due to natural subsidence; and the infrastructure is aging. The city works to fix big problems as they arise – like the giant sinkhole downtown earlier this year – but it’s a seemingly endless problem. The Landrieu administration recently secured $2 billion from the federal government to update roads and infrastructure.

Saying Farewell to Farrar

Oct 10, 2016
Farrar Hudkins.

Longtime WWNO announcer and classical music programmer Farrar Hudkins has only one more public radio membership drive on his calendar! The sixteen-year veteran broadcaster will depart New Orleans’ NPR-member station by the end of October as he and his wife Ally Halperin move to Long Island, New York, where she has accepted the role of Development Director for Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Farrar is looking forward to finding a new role for himself among metropolitan New York’s numerous broadcasters and classical music organizations.

Fall 2016 Contest Rules

Sep 29, 2016


The Whole Goal in Half the Time!

Sep 29, 2016

When Does Our Fall Membership Drive Start? It Has! And so far we've reached almost 30% of the goal. We need your gift NOW to make sure we only need to go on the air for half the time beginning on October 20th.

Our mission has been more relevant than ever during these last few months, and you can help ensure that we continue bringing essential news coverage — local, national and global — to you, your neighbors, and the whole region.

'All Things Considered' Host Jack Hopke To Retire

Aug 19, 2016
Jack Hopke.

WWNO’s afternoon program host Jack Hopke plans to retire on August 31, after presenting news and music on WWNO 89.9 FM for the last fourteen years. Fortunately for his many listeners across southeast Louisiana, Jack’s voice will not leave the WWNO airwaves completely. Jack will continue in a part-time role, programming and hosting music programs, especially his popular “Saturday Night Jazz,” and serving as a substitute local host for NPR news programs.

Manhattan Chamber Players.
Sophie Zhai

August's classical music languor will be relieved on August 18 when the new Crescent City Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) debuts at 6 p.m. with a concert in an unorthodox venue, the Urban South Brewery, 1645 Tchoupitoulas Street. The performance will be free, with food served afterward and special beer flights available for purchase.