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City of license New Orleans, Louisiana
Broadcast area New Orleans metropolitan area
Branding "89.9 WWNO"
Slogan "New Orleans Public Radio"
Frequency 89.9 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1972
Format Classical, Fine Arts & Talk
ERP 85,000 watts
HAAT 228 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 38607
Callsign meaning (U)niversity of New Orleans (The second W subsitutes for the U)
Owner University of New Orleans
Webcast Listen Live

WWNO is a public radio outlet in New Orleans, Louisiana that offers Classical, Fine Arts, Jazz, as well as informative programming like "Car Talk", and the highly acclaimed radio program "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor. The station produces a locally oriented variety program, Crescent City, which features musical and comedic performances. The host of Crescent City is New Orleans commentator, journalist, and writer, Ronnie Virgets.


The station, which is also a member of National Public Radio, is operated by the University of New Orleans and broadcasts at 89.9 MHz with an ERP of 85 kW. It signed on the air in 1972.

They also have a satellite sister station in Thibodaux, Louisiana, KTLN (90.5).

As Hurricane Katrina bore down on the city, the remaining staff shut down the station to evacuate on the morning of August 28 2005. The station returned to the air just 24 days later, on September 21, with programing from the studio space of Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta, Georgia. Post-Katrina flooding had damaged the UNO campus.

While most of the staff was in Atlanta, WWNO Program Director Fred Kasten set up a temporary studio in his intact home in the Carrollton neighborhood of New Orleans, from which he gave daily updates of the situation in New Orleans until the station was able to return to its UNO studios on December 19.

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