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.

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Becoming Number Six
Photo Credit: Second Star Performance Collective

This week on Inside the Arts, a dark comedy from Second Star Performance Collective, Becoming Number Six, explores the surveillance state, metadata and internet dating. We talk with director Harold Gervais.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans presents the inaugural regional performance of Tyler's Suite .  It is a nine-piece choral movement dedicated to the memory of Tyler Clementi who took his life after being bullied by his roommate during his first weeks of college.

Photo Credit: Jose Luiz Pederneiras

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Film Festival kicks off in venues across the city. Executive Director Jolene Pinder joins us.

 Then, Sarah Silverman headlines the Hell Yes Fest. The annual comedy festival is in full swing in the Crescent City. We catch up with founder Chris Trew. And,  Grupo Corpo, Brazil's premier contemporary dance company returns to New Orleans for its  40th Anniversary. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Photo Courtesy: Southern Rep Theatre

This week on Inside the Arts, Southern Rep Theater presents the regional premiere of Lisa D'Amour's Tony Award winning play, Airline Highway.

 Then, an acclaimed painter who calls New Orleans home answers the call of the wild.  Alex Beard takes us on A Brush With Nature. And, the legends of a quintessential 'ladies man' opens the season for the New Orleans Opera Association with Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Photo Credit: Alan Karchmer

This week on Inside the Arts, two celebrations of African American History. The long awaited Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened over the weekend  in Washington D. C.  We caught up with two New Orleanians who were among a select group invited for a sneak peek before the celebrated opening.

Coming up on Inside the Arts, Funny Bones Improv Theater helps children heal with the gift of laughter.

 Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

Photo Credit: Jason Kruppa

This week on Inside the Arts, a celebration of the life and work of acclaimed New Orleans artist and photographer George Dureau.  The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is hosting a panel discussion timed with the release of the Aperture Foundation's book George Dureau, The Photographs.  We talk with the Ogden Museum's Curator of the Collection, Bradley Sumrall.

Photo Credit: Kane Hibberd

This week on Inside the Arts, the NOLA Project presents the world premiere of local playwright Gabrielle Reisman's  Flood City. It is a work that chronicles the survivors of the 1889 Johnstown Flood.

 Then, a bluesman from the land down under heads to the Crescent City.  We talk with C. W. Stoneking about his new release, Gon' Boogaloo. And, we round out with a daylong conference celebrating Joan of Arc. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

This week on Inside the Arts, Broadway music, opera and orchestral masterworks will fill the air in response to unprecedented flooding in south Louisiana. The New Orleans Opera and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra join forces to present The Arts Care: A Benefit Concert for Flood Victims.

Tulane's Newcomb Art Museum

This week on Inside the Arts, a unique cocktail party kicks off the cultural arts season. Culture Collision 8 gets underway Wednesday night at the WWII Museum.

 Then, the New Orleans Ballet Association gives us a sneak peek at its new season. It's a powerhouse of high energy performances by world renowned dance companies. And,  we round out with a touring exhibit of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art making a debut at Tulane's Newcomb Art Museum. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.