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.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Birdfoot Festival presents Sakura.  The Los Angeles based cello quintet performs two concerts in New Orleans. We talk with Sakura co-founder and cellist Michael Kaufman and Birdfoot’s artistic director Jenna Sherry.

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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with multi-Grammy winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard.  He'll talk about his opera, Champion: An Opera in Jazz. It is about the life of famed prizefighter Emile Griffith.

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This week on Inside the Arts, renowned choreographer and director Jean-Christophe Maillot puts a French twist on Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers.  We talk with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s Roméo, dancer Stephan Bourgond.

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This week on Inside the Arts, Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter and composer Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah brings 'stretch music' to the Contemporary Arts Center.

Then, a heads up for Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts as acclaimed preservationist and lead architect Gunny Harboe gives a special lecture at Tulane on the restoration of Wright's masterpiece, the Unity Temple in suburban Chicago. 

This week on Inside the Arts, it's Carnival time in the city's tricentennial year.  We look at  Mardi Gras past and present.

This week on Inside the Arts, guitarist Jimmy Robinson is gearing up for the Across the Pond Guitar Festival featuring the Bruskers Duo from Modena, Italy. Also, performing are Michael Skinkus, Phil deGruy and the New Orleans Guitar Masters.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Musaica Chamber Ensemble continues its 12th season with Music in Transition. Founder and violist Bruce Owen drops by with cellist Stefan Koch.

This week on Inside the Arts, we spice things up as the New Orleans Opera Association continues its 75th season with George Chadwick's Tabasco: A Burlesque Opera.

This week on Inside the Arts, New Orleans Jazz vocalist Anais St. John debuts Simply the Best: The Tina Turner Story.  She joins us for a chat about her live tribute to the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll.

Then, a Carnival celebration finds revelers masking with a mission---to break the cycle of poverty and violence for New Orleans' youth thru the culinary arts. World renowned chefs and international musicians headline the 3rd Annual Link Stryjewski Foundation's Bal Masque. Chef Stephen Stryjewski will join us.

This week on Inside the Arts, Festival PiaNOLA presented by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off with guest artist Xiaohui Yang, a 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition Gold Medalist. MASNO executive director, Cara McCool Woolf drops by for a chat.

Then, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is holding its annual statewide art contest for high school students. Jacques Rodrigue is the executive director of the foundation and joins us by phone.