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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Inside the Arts
10:34 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Inside The Arts: A Jazzy Mobile App, Julian Sands At The CAC, And Toussaint Jams With Parsons Dance

Julian Sands
Credit Courtesy of the artist

This week on Inside the Arts, many of us are rifting on melodies and memories of Jazz Fest 2014. We'll tell you about a new mobile app that is spreading our rich musical heritage around the globe.

Then we travel across the pond, via telephone, for conversation with British actor Julian Sands who will be in New Orleans this week for his solo stage performance — A Celebration of Harold Pinter — at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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Inside the Arts
11:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Inside The Arts: Jazz Fest Celebrates Brazil; Jazz Hero Harold Battiste; Ireland's Hidden Gems

This week on Inside the Arts, we travel to Brazil via a cultural exchange at Jazz Fest. Then, we celebrate with saxophonist and AFO Records founder, Harold Battiste. He's a recipient of the Jazz Hero award from the Jazz Journalists Association.

And we round out with a trip to the shores of the Emerald Isle, for a peek inside Irish nature photographer Daragh Muldowney's Jewellery Box.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
11:44 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Inside The Arts: Local Teen To Appear On NPR's 'From The Top'

Georgia Bourderionnet, on stage at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, during a taping of NPR's From the Top.
Credit From the Top / NPR

Local teenager Georgia Bourderionnet, a 17-year-old cellist who is a student at Benjamin Franklin High School and NOCCA, has been tapped for a classical music performance on NPR's From the Top. Her performance airs April 24 at 8 p.m. on 89.9 WWNO.

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Inside the Arts
11:34 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Inside The Arts: Jazz Fest Celebrates Brazilian Food; Debbie Davis Sings; Stirling Barrett Photos

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

This week on Inside the Arts, the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off this weekend. We sample Brazilian street food from Carmo Café near the Cultural Exchange Pavilion.

Then we catch up with vocalist Debbie Davis, whose new release Linger 'till Dawn is just out in time for Jazz Fest. And we round out with a look at New Orleans through the eyes of photographer Stirling Barrett, exhibiting works in the Contemporary Crafts area.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
12:07 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Chita Rivera Makes A Rare Stop In New Orleans, And Glen David Andrews Is Back With 'Redemption'

Chita Rivera
Credit Laura Marie Duncan

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with the legendary Chita Rivera. She's in town this week for a rare performance at Le Petit Théatre.

Then, we sit down with the Prince of Tremé, Glen David Andrews. His latest release, Redemption, tells the story of his personal journey following a major storm in his life.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
11:05 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Inside The Arts: Dr. John Plays French Quarter Fest, And Indian Classical Music Meets Jazz

Dr. John
Credit Michael Wilson

This week on Inside the Arts, the largest free music festival in the United States, French Quarter Fest, kicks off four days of Louisiana music, food and fun. 

Then, across town, the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans presents Trilogy, a concert of North Indian classical music with elements of jazz, co-sponsored by Loyola University College of Fine Arts, Montage Performance Series.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
6:30 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Inside The Arts: Musaica Inspired By Stars, Plus Debut Of Singing Divas Ingrid Lucia & Lena Prima

Musaica Chamber Ensemble

This week on Inside the Arts, Musaica Chamber Ensemble, headed by violist Bruce Owen, looks to the stars as it gears up for the world premiere of Lyra (based on the constellation).

And two singing divas, Ingrid Lucia and Lena Prima, stop by to talk about new music and their upcoming debut.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Louisiana News
3:03 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Affordable Care Act's Open Enrollment Deadline Is March 31

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline Looms

The window is fast closing on the open enrollment period to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to purchase insurance through the federal Healthcare Marketplace is Monday, March 31.

WWNO's Diane Mack spoke with Doug Wilkinson, state coordinator with the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition, LHEC, about the approaching deadline.

Federal site to sign up and purchase healthcare coverage — www.healthcare.gov

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Inside the Arts
1:18 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Inside the Arts: Batt On A Hot Tin Roof

Bryan Batt.

Broadway, TV and film actor, and native New Orleanian, Bryan Batt brings his acclaimed one-man show, “BATT ON A HOT TIN ROOF” back home to Le Petit Theatre for one show only, on Sunday March 30 at 7 p.m. 

Batt has performed the cabaret show around the world since its original performance as a post-Katrina benefit.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
4:59 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Inside The Arts: Joffrey's Back, Red Linen Twist, And Intergalactic Adventure

Victoria Jaini & Fabrice Calmels
Credit Herbert Migdoll

This week on Inside the Arts the acclaimed Joffrey Ballet returns to New Orleans with a program of seldom-seen works by award winning choreographers Jerome Robbins (West Side Story) and Twyla Tharp (Movin' Out).

Then, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center gears up for Redd Linen Night — A Visual Art Show with a Twist. And the touring Intergalactic Nemesis lands in the Crescent City.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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