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

Credit: Community Visions Unlimited

This week on Inside the Arts… the New Orleans Street Gallery Project is decreasing blight across the city, one utility box at a time.  We talk with Jeannie Tidy, vice-president of Community Visions Unlimited.

Then, a prolific but elusive 19th century architect’s works come to light in a new exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection. We explore An Architect and His City: Henry Howard’s New Orleans with the HNOC’s John Lawrence.

And, we journey down the bayou with artist Aron Belka as he explores the wetlands in a new exhibit opening at LeMieux Galleries. 

Credit: Gerry Hardy

We go Inside the Arts with bluesman Little Freddie King.  The legendary guitarist performs tonight [Friday, Nov. 20] in the courtyard of the Historic New Orleans Collection -- 533 Royal Street.

Rachel Neville

This week on Inside the Arts, the Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to New Orleans. We talk with artistic director Virginia Johnson.

 Then, the Contemporary Arts Center presents Tennessee Williams' "The Mutilated". Actress Mink Stole drops by for a visit. And, we round out with an exploration of "New Orleans and the Mississippi River", a new documentary from WYES TV. We talk with producer and narrator Peggy Scott Laborde. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts... conversation with award winning playwright and native son Hal Clark. His critically acclaimed drama, Fishers of Men, which explores drugs, crime, violence and redemption returns to the stage.

 Then, historic downtown theaters make a strong comeback post Katrina. We trek through the theater district with entertainment writer David Lee Simmons.  And, we round out with a star studded benefit concert with a goal of collecting Coats for Kids. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

This week on Inside the Arts... conversation with world renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. 

Then, Southern Rep Theatre gears up for the world premiere of Song of a Man Coming Through.  The stage drama is based on the true story of a Louisiana convicted murderer and the legal team that reluctantly became his greatest advocates. We talk with nationally acclaimed actor and Louisiana native Lance Nichols and Southern Rep's artistic director Aimee Hayes.

This week on Inside the Arts... a new sculpture garden honoring the works of a local art  icon opens in City Park. The Helis Foundation Enrique Alferez Sculpture Garden will open in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. We talk with City Park's Paul Soniat and Jessie Haynes with the Helis Foundation.

JustUs Repertory from India

    Coming up on Inside the Arts, conversation with Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan, artistic director with JustUs Repertory from India. The company's U.S tour lands in New Orleans this week with Fire and Ash, a dramatic theater production that questions our relationship to Mother Earth.

Inspired by ancient scriptures and Indian poems, Fire and Ash blends dance, music, theater and paintings in this performance. It is presented by the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans. 

Walter Whitman

This week on Inside the Arts... The New Orleans Ballet Association opens its season as Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour makes a stop in the Crescent City.  We talk with the iconic dancer and choreographer.

Then, Dillard University Theater celebrates its 80th Anniversary, making it the oldest historically black university theater in the country. We talk with acclaimed Black Arts Movement contributor, playwright, educator and former Dillard Theater department chair, Dr. Ted Shine and theater director Ray Vrazel.

Michael McKelvey

This week on Inside the Arts, a curious invite takes us to the underworld as Lux et Umbra presents Christopher Marlowe's Faustus.

Then, Michael McKelvey stops by for a chat.  He's the new artistic director of Tulane's Summer Lyric Theater.

And, we round out with a festival that will have you wearing green and joining dancers in a jig.  It's the 2nd Annual Irish Fest: New Orleans. 

Filmmaker Aviva Kempner, known for her documentaries on untold stores of Jews who made a difference in the lives of others, is back with a new film documenting the life of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald. An unsung hero, Rosenwald made a difference in the lives of African Americans by building schools in the segregated South.