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... New Orleans based blues artist Marc Stone drops by to talk about his birthday bash and recent release, Poison and Medicine.

Then, we talk with Amy Dailey Williams, the new executive director of the New Orleans Photo Alliance. She is joined by former Alliance president Seth Boonchai. And we round out with Bach's St. John Passion. The New Orleans Symphony Chorus music director Steven Edwards joins us.

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

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    This week on Inside the Arts, Manon and Albinas Prizgintas stop by as they gear up for the 18th Annual Bach Around the Clock Festival. 

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This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with renowned violin virtuoso Regina Carter. The multi-genre violinist will perform works from her most recent release, Southern Comfort, in concert at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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This week on Inside the Arts, an opera set at the Louisiana State penitentiary at Angola opens this week as the New Orleans Opera Association presents Dead Man Walking.

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This week on Inside the Arts, The NOLA Project premieres SIVE, a rarely seen, dark Irish drama about greed and passion.  We talk with veteran actress Janet Shea and artistic director A.J. Allegra.

Then, we take a peek at Self Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum on view at NOMA.
And, we round out with a concert of jazz featuring internationally acclaimed vibraphonist Thomas van der Geld and award winning New Orleans pianist and Loyola music professor Sandy Hinderlie.

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

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This week on Inside the Arts, Ailey II, the next generation of artists from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Crescent City. We talk with artistic director Troy Powell.

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This week on Inside the Arts we explore The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, an exhibit by Microsoft co-founder  Nathan Myhrvold.

The exhibit which explores the science of food is on view at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum through February 29.  We talk with exhibit co-curator Melissa Lukach.

This week on Inside the Arts, love lingers in the air post-Valentine's Day. We talk with the members of Theatre On Tap as they present Love Taps: An Evening of Romance and Rhythm.

Then, one of the longest running off-Broadway productions, Black Angels Over Tuskegee opens at the National World War II Museum's BB's Stage Door Canteen. It's an historical docudrama of the first Black aviators in the US Army Air Forces. We talk with actor Delano Barbosa.

And, we round out with an evening of revenge as Sondheim's dark musical Sweeney Todd opens at Tulane.

Max Moran (L) bass, Joe Dyson (C) drums, Conun Pappas (R) piano
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They are billed as three of the hottest young musicians on the New Orleans jazz scene.

The Bridge Trio, presented by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation will perform in a free concert Saturday at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center at 1225 N. Rampart Street.  We talk with bassist Max Moran and drummer Joe Dyson.  Their latest release is The Search: Departure.

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

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This week on Inside the Arts, the greatest free show on earth is well underway... Mardi Gras 2016 is here! 

We'll listen to the sounds of Mardi Gras,check out what's good to eat on the street and check in with artists who are making carnival float art available for public collection. We’ll also scream for beads and dance till we drop. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

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