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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Loyola University

This week on Inside the Arts, Loyola University hosts Mardi Gras Forum: The Women of Carnival. The popular forum will explore women's contributions and importance to Mardi Gras. It will feature leaders from several female Carnival krewes. We talk with Jim Gabour, Loyola professor of Video Technology.

Mardi Gras Forum: The Women of Carnival takes place on Monday, February 9 at Loyola University's Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd floor of Monroe Hall at 4:45 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

This week on Inside the Arts, family histories and mysteries come to light as the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow focuses on stories from New Orleans.

Then, we talk with Sean Chen. The piano prodigy will open UNO's award winning Musical Excursions concert series.

And, we round out with a look at an architectural gem on the lakefront where historic aviation-themed murals are in need of a little TLC.

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

Patti Perret

This week on Inside the Arts, the 2015 Tribute to the Classical Arts Awards will honor the best in classical music, opera and dance at its annual luncheon benefiting the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education. We talk with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Diane Carney, artistic director of Ballet Hysell. 

Le Petite Theatre

This week on Inside the Arts, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s rock-opera, Jesus Christ Superstar,  is revved up for 21st Century audiences. We catch up with director Augustin Correro.

Then, we explore the art of plastic surgery through a sculpting class for medical students. And, we tell you about a call for artists. The Contemporary Arts Center is celebrating the second year of its Distillery Artist Residency program.

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

This week on Inside the Arts, we remember the late, great jazz guitarist, banjoist, raconteur and band leader, Danny Barker.  Local musicians get together for a Danny Barker birthday tribute. 

Then, what was once a public hospital serving the city's poor is now the subject of an award winning documentary. Producer Ben Johnson, joins us to talk about the film, Big Charity: The Death of America's Oldest Hospital. And, we round out with an emotionally charged exhibit by award winning artist Wayne Amedee. 

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

Kim Welsh

 This week on Inside the Arts, the first parades of 2015 are ready to roll!

A medieval-themed procession gears up to march in the French Quarter. The Joan of Arc Parade rolls on 12th Night, celebrating the 603rd birthday of the Maid of Orléans, France.

Then, the Phunny Phorty Phellows have their sights set on Carnival, as they prepare for their traditional ride on the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line this Twelfth Night. And, we round out with the addition of two new pieces of art in NOMA's Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. 

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with JFK's nephew, Mark Kennedy Shriver. He'll speak about his legendary father, Sargent Shriver.

Then we explore NOMA's early childhood arts education program, Mini Masters. And, we celebrate the New Year with the Wess Anderson Quintet.

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

Jon Coffelt

This week on Inside the Arts, British cosmologist Stephen Hawking is the subject of the film The Theory of Everything, now playing in theaters. His scientific work is also the inspiration for southern artist Jon Coffelt's latest exhibit, Cosmos Transition, now in final days at the Foundation Gallery. 

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This weekon Inside the Arts, Oh Crap! It's Christmas, a new CD and stage musical by Debbie Davis and Matt Perinne makes its debut.

Then, we visit the newly opened George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center.

And we round out with a look at Southern Rep's production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, directed by John "Spud" McConnell.

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

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with Steven Edwards, music director of the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.

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