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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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.

Liz Gore

This week on Inside the Arts, a Shakespearean comedy,Twelfth Night, is transforming the Great Hall at the New Orleans Museum of Art. This classic adventure takes on a new life as the NOLA Project adds some unique elements and surprises. 

Then, historic homes in the Garden District are gussied up as the Preservation Resource Center gears up for its 39th Annual Holiday Home Tour. And, we round out with holiday cheer as the American Italian Cultural Center presents a Christmas Concert in the Piazza

This week on Inside the Arts, LUNA Fete 2014 is underway! The initiative by the Arts Council of New Orleans uses the city's iconic architecture as the canvas for large scale outdoor light installations. Also, the Arts Council celebrates local artists with its Community Arts Awards. 

Then, be prepared to leap outside of your comfort zone as Sidra Bell Dance New York brings avant-garde dance to the Contemporary Arts Center. And, we round out with the 28th Annual Chevron Art Against AIDS Gala. 

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

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This week on Inside the Arts, meet Jane Chu. We catch up with the new chair of the National Endowment for the Arts as she talks about her recent visit to New Orleans.

Then, British cosmologist Stephen Hawking is the inspiration for Southern artist Jon Coffelt's latest exhibit, Cosmos Transition, now on view at the Foundation Gallery.

And, we round out with a look at how technology is helping local artists to get their work noticed.

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

Maria Baranova

This week on Inside the Arts, The New Orleans Fringe Festival is celebrating original theater this week at venues across the city. We catch up with Joanna Caplan and her unique solo piece Total Verruckt!, which focuses on the role of art as a means of survival during the Holocaust.

Then, do you know what it takes to learn how to write well? WWNO's Eve Abrams answers that question as she explores the Big Class Writing Studio on St. Claude Avenue.

Marty Sohl

This week on Inside the Arts we talk with African American Ballerina Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theater.

Then, performance artist Jose Torres-Tama is back with a new work — a collection of poetry.

And we round out with South African playwright Athol Fugard's Boseman and Lena.

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

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