Diane Mack

Announcer & Producer

"This is NPR's Morning Edition, at 89.9 WWNO. Good Morning, I'm Diane Mack."

Many of you awake to that greeting each morning as Diane brings you the day's news as WWNO's host for NPR's Morning Edition. Diane is a native New Orleanian with a background in television broadcast journalism. She is a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.

Diane has worked in various markets around the state. She started at KATC-TV in Lafayette as reporter and morning news anchor. Diane moved back home to New Orleans in 1982 where she joined the news staff of WDSU-TV as a general assignment reporter. In 1993, Diane joined WWNO's staff, hosting news programs, a classical music show, and the "Friends of Music" concert series. She is also an award-winning producer for the station's cultural arts radio feature Inside the Arts.

Ways To Connect

Craig Morse

This week on Inside the Arts, it is official, YAYA —Young Aspirations, Young Artists, Inc. — opens its new arts center in Central City. We talk with YAYA's new chief executive officer Gene Meneray.

Then, Teatro Sin Fronteras /Theater Without Borders, a series of movable performances, celebrates the contributions of the city's Latino community to the rebirth of New Orleans as the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches.

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with UNO based Guggenheim award-winning composer Yotam Haber. His debut CD, Torus, features new works for chamber ensemble.

And, we explore Ouroboros, a summer group exhibit on view at LeMieux Galleries. The works reflect on ideas of rebirth, transformation, life and death, infinity and impermanence.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Devil is in the details as Summer Lyric Theater opens its season with the Broadway hit Damn Yankees. 

Then, the New Orleans Museum of Art unveils "Ten Years Gone", an exhibit marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. WWNO's Eileen Fleming talks with curator Russell Lord. And, we round out with the Contemporary Arts Center's Neil Barclay announcing the 2015-16 arts season.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with acclaimed actress CCH Pounder a.k.a. Dr. Loretta Wade on the CBS hit series NCIS: New Orleans.

Then, the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane opens its season with an epic romance, its first production of Cymbeline. We talk with internationally celebrated Shakespeare specialist, director Rob Clare and actor Greg Baber.

And, we travel Along St.Claude with WWNO regional Edward R. Murrow award-winning producer Eve Abrams and photographer Jonathan Traviesa.

    This week on Inside the Arts, the first local production of the Broadway hit and Grammy nominated musical saga, The Color Purple, is being staged by the Anthony Bean Community Theater.  We talk with cast members.

 Then, that bodacious 4-day girls weekend getaway known as FestiGals kicks off next week. Founder Diane Lyons drops by for a sneak peek. And, we round out with New Orleans native Lisa D'Amour's Pulitzer Prize nominated play, DETROIT, presented by Southern Rep Theatre. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts, chamber music and opera fuse as Lyrica Baroque presents Baroque and Beyond. We talk with nationally acclaimed soprano Sarah Jane McMahon and LPO cellist Daniel Lelchuk.

Then, Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble will take us around the world as it celebrates its 35th Anniversary with a spring concert.

And, we round out with a spiritual uplift as the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans presents renowned singer, Sanjeev Abhyankar, in an evening of Hindustani classical music.

Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

This week on Inside the Arts, the 4th annual Birdfoot Festival gets underway. Chamber music will fill venues across the city. The festival will also mark the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with Waterlines: A Hymn for New Orleans, a musical journey incorporating spoken word and poetry.

Then, the New Orleans Opera Association is launching a youth vocal competition targeting sophomores, juniors and seniors in high schools across Louisiana.

And, Central City remembers favorite son and nationally acclaimed sculptor Jeffrey Cook with an exhibition and reception.

    This week on Inside the Arts, the Bishop Perry Center presents a salute to legendary singers Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson. Two rising stars on the international opera scene, tenor Michael Spyres and his wife, soprano Tara Stafford will perform the starring roles in the format of a mid-20th Century radio show.

Then, we talk with Gene Meneray. The New Orleans native will lead YAYA- Young Aspirations, Young Artists, Inc. into a new era as its Chief Executive Officer.

Eric Waters

This week on Inside the Arts, internationally acclaimed photographer Eric Waters continues his effort to return to New Orleans. Waters, known for documenting the city's jazz musicians and African American culture, lost his home and the majority of his life's work to Hurricane Katrina. He currently lives in Atlanta.  A benefit spearheaded by guitarist Detroit Brooks brings a who's who list of artists together to return Waters home.

Alex Beard

This week on Inside the Arts, we go on safari with renowned painter Alex Beard. His latest venture, a film titled Drawing the Line, harnesses the power of art to save endangered wildlife in Northern Africa.

Then, it's time to let loose as Jazz Fest weekend 2 gets underway. We visit with master guitar builder Vincent Guidroz in the Louisiana Folklife Village.

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