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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This week on Inside the Arts, Theatre on Tap presents Hoofing for Heroes this Memorial Day weekend in tribute to members of the Armed Forces. We catch up with artistic director Heidi Malnar and vocalist Arsène DeLay. This concert of song and dance features a star spangled salute from 22 tap dancers and a 7 piece jazz ensemble.

Then,  we follow the cash.  A new exhibit Money, Money, Money! Currency Holdings from The Historic New Orleans Collection is now open.

Photo Credit: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

This week on Inside the Arts, the Birdfoot Festival reaches a milestone. Its 5th anniversary brings chamber music to venues across the city. We catch up with artistic director and violinist Jenna Sherry.

Then,  an unexpected move for the Anthony Bean Community Theater brings a silver lining.  We talk with Anthony Bean and ABCT board president Gail Glapion.  And, ArtSpot Productions celebrates 20 years with a 3-day performance festival. ArtSpot artistic director Kathy Randels and managing director Sean LaRocca stop by. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

This week on Inside the Arts, NOMA and the NOLA Project present Don Quixote in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.  We talk with members of the cast. 

 Then, issues of coastal erosion and wetlands conservation take center stage as the 3rd Annual Wetlands Art Tour kicks off this weekend.  Tour organizer John Calhoun joins us. And, the experimental Taco Truck Theater project is back with a work in progress addressing immigration issues. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

This week on Inside the Arts, one of the world's rarest books lands in New Orleans. The nationally traveling exhibit, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare opens Uptown at the Newcomb Art Museum.

This week on Inside the Arts, Jammin' on Julia is back. We'll stroll down Gallery Row in the Warehouse Arts District.

 Then, we take a peek at Self Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum on view at NOMA. And, Mother's Day is Sunday. The Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras say thanks with a special concert at the Orpheum Theater. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Michael Guidry

Then, Jazz Fest kicks off weekend two.  We catch up with Louisiana nature painter Michael Guidry.

And, the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the non-profit owner of Jazz Fest is offering entrepreneurs in the culinary arts, training and funding, with its Catapult grant program.

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

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks into high gear at the Fairgrounds.  In addition to its stellar musical line-up, we sample Caribbean treasures as the Cultural Exchange Pavilion celebrates Belize.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Friends of Music closes its season with the Grammy nominated chamber music ensemble Imani Winds. The New York based group is billed as one of the country's  most successful chamber music ensembles and hailed for its adventurous programming.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

This week on Inside the Arts, French Quarter Festival kicks off festivities highlighting Louisiana music, food, art and special events.

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This week on Inside the Arts, Le Petit Theatre celebrates the city's patron playwright, Tennessee Williams, with the stage production of The Glass Menagerie. We talk with artistic director Maxwell Williams and cast members.

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