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, the city prepares to celebrate the birthday of a native son as Satchmo SummerFest kicks off in the French Quarter.

This week on Inside the Arts, love is in the air. The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane rounds out its season with Incarnate, an original multi-disciplinary show blending Shakespeare’s words with music, movement and song. 

Then, we explore a new exhibit dedicated to the story of levee failures post-Katrina.

    Coming up on Inside the Arts… we groove with roots-rock musician Greg Schatz.  His new release is Everything That You Wanted. 

Then, we go bar hoppin' with local entertainment reporter David Lee Simmons.

And, we batten down the hatches as a Tempest brews in Bywater.

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Michael Palumbo

This week on Inside the Arts, big laughs as we tickle your funny bone.

Summer Lyric Theater continues its season with the Tony Award nominated musical Once Upon a Mattress.  We catch up with director Ricky Graham and actress Leslie Clavarie.

Then, a riddle... What happens when you put an artist and a scientist in the same boat? The answer may surprise you.

And, we round out with more humor, this time poking fun at societal issues as The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane presents Oscar Wilde's most popular work, The Importance of Being Earnest.

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.