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
10:26 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Inside The Arts: Chesapeake Tackles Arts Funding, Gisela's Bathtub And Blue Bayou Salutes Ronstadt

Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt

This week on Inside the Arts, we tickle your funny bone as art and politics collide in playwright Lee Blessings' Chesapeake, a parody on the funding of public art.

Then, the laughs continue as opera comes alive in the powder room, of all places, with the American premiere of Gisela in Her Bathtub. It is one of two one-act operas, with selections by Samuel Barber presented by the Marigny Opera House and the 9th Ward Opera Company.

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Inside the Arts
10:42 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Inside The Arts: MASNO Piano Competition, UK Gift Honors Shakespeare At Tulane, And A Math Musical

This week on Inside the Arts, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans is celebrating a silver anniversary as it presents the New Orleans International Piano Competition and Keyboard Festival.

Then, a special honor for the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. A team from the United Kingdom with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust presents the organization with a unique award.

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Inside the Arts
11:03 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Inside The Arts: One Singular Sensation, A Fund Catapults Arts, And Doo-Wop Is Back!

This week on Inside the Arts, the 6th longest running show in Broadway history opens this weekend as Summer Lyric Theater presents A Chorus Line.

Then, we’ll tell you about a business opportunity for arts entrepreneurs. The Catapult Fund, a program of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, is seeking applications from arts- and culture-based businesses in Louisiana.

And we round out with the Big Easy Buddies’ Under the Boardwalk at Le Petit Theatre.

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

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Inside the Arts
1:14 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Inside The Arts: Essence Festival Kicks Off Independence Weekend, Elisa Fiorello Dease, Jason Mott

This week on Inside the Arts, the 20th Essence Festival kicks off Independence weekend. We catch up with Prince protégé, singer Elisa Fiorillo Dease, who will perform with the pop icon in the Superdome.

The party with a purpose, Essence, continues with activities in the Morial Convention Center. We talk with author Jason Mott. His bestseller, The Returned, is the basis for the hit ABC TV series, Resurrection.

And, we round out with a song that takes a look at the World Cup through the eyes of the players.

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Inside the Arts
11:52 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Inside The Arts: Jazzy Divas Rock Central City Cabaret; Aladdin In Rivertown; And Harps Swing

This week on Inside the Arts, we stroll down memory lane as the American Theater Project of New Orleans presents Dryades Street Divas Review: A Cabaret, with a cast representing  artists who worked the "chitlin' circuit" back in the day. Those artists include the likes of Etta James, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson and "Moms" Mabley.

Then, in Kenner, the Rivertown Theater's Patchwork Players open with Aladdin.

And, in the city where jazz was born, harpists gear up for a concert that will make their heavenly instruments swing.

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Inside the Arts
11:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Festigals Bodacious Weekend Celebration, Les Miserables And Harp Carnivale

This week on Inside the Arts, that bodacious festival that celebrates women, Festigals, gears up for an extended weekend of fun in the French Quarter.

Across town, Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane presents an iconic musical — Les Miserables.

And, we round out with a Harp Carnivale as the American Harp Society's National Conference kicks off in town next week.

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

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Inside the Arts
10:43 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Inside The Arts: A Cajun Zydeco Two-Step, A Midsummer Night's Dream And Opera In The Piazza

Francesca McKenzie - New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University
Credit Benjamin Carver

This week on Inside the Arts, the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival kicks off this weekend in a new location with a stellar line-up!

Across town, the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane gears up with a feast for the eyes, heart and funny bone with a high tech presentation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

And we round out with a romantic evening under the stars in the Piazza d'Italia.

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Inside the Arts
12:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Inside The Arts: Creole Beauties, CASA's Playhouse, And Jazz Singer Cindy Scott's 'Historia'

This week on Inside the Arts, you'll meet New Orleans jazz singer Cindy Scott, whose new CD Historia is receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Then, we celebrate the Creole tomato as festivities kick off in the French Market.

And artists, including Terrance Osborne, collaborate on a children's playhouse to benefit CASA Jefferson, the legal services group for children.

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

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Inside the Arts
9:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Inside The Arts: The Wild Bamboulas, Images From Paradise, Ashé Cultural Summit

Images from Paradise
Credit Madeleine Faust

    

This week on Inside the Arts, Bamboula 2000 celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new CD release, The Wild Bamboulas. We talk with bandleader, songwriter and percussionist Luther Gray.

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Inside the Arts
11:57 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Inside The Arts: Birdfoot Nests In Classic Style, Creoles Of Color And Miller's 'Salesman'

Birdfoot Festival - 2013 Kristopher Tong, Daniel Arocha and Caleb van der Swaag
Credit Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

This week on Inside the Arts, the Birdfoot Festival gears up for a week of live chamber music performances at venues across the city.

Then, we get a peek at an exhibit of pastel portraits celebrating notable New Orleans Free People of Color at Le Musée. And we round out with a classic American drama, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

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

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