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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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Weilbaecher Receives Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award; Koresh Dance Company; Jazz Auditions

Daniel O. Weilbaecher, Jr.

This week on Inside the Arts, we visit with Daniel Weilbaecher, artistic director of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Weilbaecher is this year's recipient of the Big Easy Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Then we travel to the Northshore as the internationally-acclaimed Koresh Dance Company gears up for an energetic performance in Hammond.

And, we'll meet a group of students who recently auditioned for some prominent local jazz musicians.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Master Painter John Clemmer In Town For Gallery Walk-Thru

Artist John Clemmer.
John Clemmer

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with master painter and sculptor John Clemmer, an iconic figure on the New Orleans arts scene, as he returns home for a walk-thru of his latest exhibit, Nine Years Later, on view at LeMieux Galleries.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

30 Americans Opens At CAC; John Clemmer Exhibits New Works; Jon Batiste And Stay Human Band

America by Glenn Ligon
Credit Rubell Family Collection

This week on Inside the Arts, the nationally acclaimed touring exhibit 30 Americans — a retrospective of contemporary African American art from the past three decades — opens at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Then we talk with master painter and sculptor John Clemmer, an iconic figure on the New Orleans arts scene, as he returns home for a walk-thru of his latest exhibit, Nine Years Later, on view at LeMieux Galleries. And, we sit in on a set with New Orleans pianist Jon Batiste and his Stay Human band.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Inside The Arts: Bands Of Mardi Gras; Monuments Men; The Totalitarians

Warren Easton High School, Bacchus, 2012
Credit Stan Strembicki

This week on Inside the Arts, a photographic exhibit captures the essence of Carnival through a unique lens in Stan Strembicki's Bands of Mardi Gras, opening this week at Lemieux Galleries.

The National World War II Museum is marking the opening of the film Monuments Men with a preview of an exhibit that will mark their achievements. Visitors to the planned Liberation Pavilion will step into a replica of a salt mine for a look at the art treasures they saved from the Nazis.

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Inside the Arts
12:36 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Inside The Arts: 'Golda's Balcony' Opens At Le Petit

William Gibson's Golda's Balcony, the longest running one-woman production in Broadway history, opens at Le Petit Théâtre, starring Clare Moncrief.

We talk with the Big Easy award-winning actress about her role as Golda Mier.

Performances run January 24 through February 4 at Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter Street.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Inside The Arts: Diavolo Dance Theater; Golda's Balcony, Jesse Rosen

Credit Diavolo Dance Theater

This week on Inside the Arts, Jacques Heim, artistic director of Diavolo Dance Theater brings his daredevil troupe of dancers to the Crescent City.  Plus, the longest running one-woman production in Broadway history , Golda's Balcony, opens at Le Petit Theater, starring Clare Moncrief.

And we talk with Jesse Rosen, president of the League of American Orchestras.

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Inside the Arts
1:59 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

'Rebel' Loreta Velazquez: Confederate Soldier Turned Union Spy

REBEL: Loreta Velazquez

We go Inside the Arts for conversation with filmmaker Maria Agui Carter. Her documentary Rebel tells the story of a Cuban woman, raised in New Orleans, who became a Confederate soldier — and a Union spy.

Rebel, presented by Tulane University's Stone Center for Latin American Studies, screens Friday, January 17, at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at 7 p.m.

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The Lens
5:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Flood Protection Authority Defends Oil And Gas Lawsuit In Baton Rouge

The Mississippi River Delta, and sediment from the rivers feeding into the Gulf of Mexico.
NASA

Attorneys for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority — East had a chance to defend their lawsuit against oil and gas companies, at a meeting of the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Wednesday in Baton Rouge.

The head of the state coastal authority, Garret Graves, has been one of the harshest critics of the lawsuit since it was filed last July. Governor Bobby Jindal has also been critical of the suit.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

MLK Remembered; A Tapestry Of Songs For Carole King; Foundation Gallery's Lila Heymann

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Credit AP Photo, file

This week on Inside the Arts, remembering slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through art and song.

A tapestry unfolds as Big Easy Award winners Lisa Picone and Dorian Rush pay tribute to singer/songwriter Carole King in their upcoming cabaret, The Queens of King. And, we visit with Lila Heymann of the Foundation Gallery. 

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

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Inside the Arts
12:15 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Colin Quinn: UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Colin Quinn: UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Credit Mike Lavoie

We go Inside the Arts as former Saturday Night Live comedian Colin Quinn takes on the founding fathers in Unconstitutional.

The new comedy, a romp through American history written by and starring Quinn, plays at the Joy Theater tonight, Jan. 9, at 8 p.m.

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