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 March 4, 2014

Inside The Arts: It's Carnival Time And Fernando Del Valle Ushers In Lenten Season With Free Concert

The Bouef Gras.
Infrogmation Flickr

This week on Inside the Arts, it's Carnival time! We'll have some Mardi Gras fun with horses on parade, boats on the bayou and tips on following your nose for good food.

Plus, a musical prelude to the Lenten Season. We talk with renowned tenor and opera performing artist Fernando del Valle.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Inside the Arts
6:06 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Music Legend's Home Renovated; Dr. Michael White Jazzes Up Worship Service; Leslie Castay Unscripted

Dr. Michael White.
Courtesty of the artist.

This week on Inside the Arts, the family home of music legend Professor Longhair gets a facelift.

St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church is gearing up for a packed house with a unique Mardi Gras tradition, as it celebrates the 20th Annual Jazz Service with renowned clarinetist Dr. Michael White and The Original Liberty Jazz Band.

And Broadway veteran and Big Easy Award-winner Leslie Castay reprises her acclaimed cabaret show, Leslie Castay, Unscripted.

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

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Affordable Care Act
4:24 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Tips On Navigating The Health Insurance Marketplace

If you are among the thousands of uninsured residents in the metro area, here's a heads up: the deadline to sign up for health insurance and receive coverage this year under the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching.

Susan Todd, executive director of 504HealthNet, which provides support to a network of healthcare providers in the greater New Orleans area, has tips on how to navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace and info on why you should sign up sooner rather than later.

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Inside the Arts
11:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Jazz Composer Jerome Theriot Celebrates New Release; Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Hurray For The Riff Raff

This week on Inside the Arts, we'll celebrate the music of jazz saxophonist and composer Jerome Theriot.

Then, the Anthony Bean Community Theater opens its season with Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. We talk with members of the cast.
 
And, the local folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff gets national attention. We talk with singer/songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra.
 
Inside the Arts 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 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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