Doing Good

WWNO 89.9 FM

WWNO 89.9 FM - Dirty Coast

This organization is one of our partners at

Telling our community's stories.

WWNO 89.9 FM provides a non-commercial source of radio news, music and cultural programming to over 1.5 million residents of Southeast Louisiana with access to an FM radio. Their digital streaming can reach anyone on earth with internet access. Their local news reporting team has brought Louisiana’s most pressing issues to international stages. As the region’s NPR member station they provide trustworthy news and cultural entertainment for their area listeners. WWNO tells New Orleans’ stories to the world, and brings the world’s news and cultures to New Orleans.

Producer/Announcer Diane Mack.  Photo – Tracie Morris Schaefer

Recently, WWNO’s reporters helped NPR to deliver some of the earliest national news reports about the record-breaking flooding in Acadiana, metro Baton Rouge, and North Shore parishes. With NPR they are maintaining coverage of the disaster. This invaluable reporting helped spread the news of the expansive devastation and how to help with relief. The flooding was accompanied by dramatic stories of survival, but WWNO has also been covering the much slower disaster of coastal erosion. Since 2014 two of their reporters have been solely devoted to revealing the economic and environmental implications of Louisiana’s vanishing coast. Their efforts bring attention to the realities of our generation's struggles and what we can do to make a difference.

Removing belongings from a flooded home, Sorrento.  Photo – Max Becherer (AP)

Founded in 1972 by UNO educators and community leaders, WWNO is consistently ranked as one of the top news radio stations in the area. They adopted digital streaming and broadcasting early, expanding their service with two HD channels for music: Classical WWNO and Jazz WWNO.

They have further expanded their content by providing locally-produced cultural programing. One such program is “TriPod: New Orleans at 300” which explores lost and neglected New Orleans stories and questions what we think we know about the city’s history. It’s as if WWNO had been around in 1866 covering the Mechanics Institute riot. Anyone with a radio or the internet can hear these informative and entertaining stories which help empower the community by promoting knowledge and understanding.

1866 Mechanics Institute Riot.  Illus – Historic New Orleans Collection ; ; ; ;



Reading next

Baton Rouge Food Bank - Dirty Coast
Bike Easy - Dirty Coast

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The Journal

Here we share things we find interesting about New Orleans and the Gulf South, organizations and people that deserve more attention and answer some questions about the area.

View All Posts

Owned By Locals

Dirty Coast was founded in 2005.
Our Story.

Free & Easy Returns

If the shirt fits, wear it. If not, we got you covered. Happy Returns.

Our Lifetime Discount

The Lagniappe Coin is a perk for life.
Learn More.

Work With Us

We're always looking for local partners, designers, and artists to collaborate with. Reach Out.