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 August 26, 2014

Inside The Arts: Anais St. John-Last Dance; Culture Collision; Herlin Riley

New Orleans jazz vocalist Anais St. John

This week on Inside the Arts, jazz vocalist Anais St. John brings back the disco era with Last Dance: A Tribute to Donna Summer. St. John talks with us about her high energy performance. 

Then, we kick off the cultural season with a one-night-only arts happy hour. More than five dozen organizations are involved in the arts celebration known as Culture Collision. And, we round out with conversation with highly acclaimed drummer Herlin Riley. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Inside The Arts: Nine Lives Commemorates Katrina Anniversary, Tracy Letts' BUG, Cindy Scott Sings

Coming up on Inside the Arts, Nine Lives: A Musical Witness of New Orleans commemorates the 9th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina at Le Petit Theatre. We talk with guitarist Paul Sanchez.

 In the Marigny... Tracy Letts' dark comedy, BUG, continues to make audiences squirm. And, we talk with jazz singer Cindy Scott. Her new CD, Historia, is garnering widespread critical acclaim. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
10:09 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Inside The Arts: Sleepover The Musical, Saints And Sisters Radio Drama, And Batiste's Indelible Mark

Kerry Cahill, Cammie West & Matt Standley are Saints and Sisters: Nuns with Guns in Old New Orleans.
Credit Ellen Perkins

This week on Inside the Arts,  girl talk, pillow fights and pranks close out the summer season of Crescent City Lights Youth Theater with the musical Sleepover.

Then,  a new radio style action/adventure comedy from writer Ren French, Saints and Sisters: Nuns with Guns in Old New Orleans. This live radio stage drama, presented by Second Star Performance Collective, is set in the Ursuline Convent in 1930s New Orleans.

And, we round out with a uniquely New Orleans way to teach music: The Root Progression Method.

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Inside the Arts
11:15 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Inside The Arts: Dirty Linen's Beastly Delights, Hammond's Everyday People, And Varisco's Photos

Credit Jane Talton

This week on Inside the Arts, an arts stroll in the French Quarter billed as one hot ticket, Dirty Linen Night, gets underway this weekend. We catch up with artist Jane Talton as she talks about her exhibit, Beastly Delights, at The Foundation Gallery.

And, across town the St. Claude Arts District is in full swing. We catch up with Sharla Hammond, an up and coming muralist from Houston, who will be making her New Orleans debut on a rather large scale. Hammond joins bassist James Singleton for an art experience at LA46.

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Inside the Arts
11:53 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Wycliffe Gordon Pays Tribute To 'Pops', White Linen Stroll And Summer Lyric's Cabaret

Louis Armstrong

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with critically acclaimed jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and arranger Wycliffe Gordon. He's back for an encore performance as Satchmo SummerFest kicks off this weekend.

Then, the exhibition Mark of the Feminine kicks off the 20th Anniversary of White Linen Night at the Contemporary Arts Center.

And, we round out with a timeless musical as Cabaret caps off the 47th season of Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane.

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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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