Diane Mack

Producer & Morning Edition Host

"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.

Ways to Connect

This week on Inside the Arts, Jazz Fest 2017 kicks off with a celebration of Cuba! We explore music, food and art in this historic cultural exchange.

Then, something new weekday afternoons between the weekends of Jazz Fest.  Maple Leaf Bar Interviews at Frenchy's will bring audiences closer to legendary New Orleans musicians.  WWNO's Fred Kasten will highlight George Porter, Jr., Johnny Vidacovich and Ellis Marsalis.

And, we round out with a concert of classical music with LPO cellist Jeanne Jaubert and friends in the Marigny.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with violin virtuoso Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. She performs in concert this week with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra.

 

Then, a new exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art  complements traditional Japanese art with the contemporary work of New Orleans painter Regina Scully.  WWNO's Eileen Fleming talks with NOMA's Lisa Rotondo-McCord and the artist herself about the unexpected connection of styles.

 

Photo Credit: Elsa Hahne

This week on Inside the Arts, "Orfeo" returns to the Marigny Opera House. The original full length ballet, is inspired by an Italian opera and based on the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. We talk with choreographer Maya Taylor and producer Dave Hurlbert.

This week on Inside the Arts, a concert on Lake Pontchartrain aims to bring more awareness to our state's coastal crisis.  New Orleans Airlift, the LPO and composer Yotam Haber join forces.

Then... French Quarter Fest kicks off this week in the Vieux Carré.

And, the Gretna Mainstreet New Music Theatre Festival opens on the Westbank.

Photo Credit: Michael Wilson

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with legendary actress and singer Audra McDonald.  The record breaking, six time Tony Award winner is in town this week for a special performance at NOCCA.

This week on Inside the Arts,  Second Star New Orleans presents Two for Tennessee, two original one act plays by New Orleans writers inspired by the legacy of Tennessee Williams.  We talk with artistic director Harold Gervais.

This week on Inside the Arts, a 40 year veteran of the arts is celebrating a milestone on Royal Street.  We catch up with gallery owner Angela King who is planning a big public exhibit this weekend.

Then...the French Quarter is ground zero as visitors are in town for the 31st annual Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival.

And, we round out with a festival to test your stamina.  It's Bach-Around-the-Clock time. A 29 hour marathon, Uptown, honors the Baroque composer.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with singer, songwriter, pianist Judith Owen. The Welch born singer, who makes New Orleans home, is celebrating the U.S. release of her solo album, Somebody's Child. She makes a tour stop at the Saenger Theatre opening for legendary British Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry.                                                                                                    

Gustave Blache III

Today on Inside the Arts, conversation with New Orleans painter Gustave Blache III.  His latest exhibit, A Work in Process, opens at the Louisiana  Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge.  The acclaimed painter, who currently resides in New York, looks back on his 20 year career and includes a new series of works focusing on art conservation.

James Michalopoulos

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with painter James Michalopoulos.  A new exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Waltzing the Muse, celebrates his career with a 30-year retrospective. 

Then, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans presents Great Scott! Joplin in the Quarter, featuring pianist Richard Dowling performing a selection of Joplin's best known masterpieces in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ragtime King's death.

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