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, we catch up with comic writer and educator Dante Anthony Fuoco. The millennial who moved to New Orleans post-Katrina explores an uncomfortable question, "How can young white people put down roots in a city that's maybe better off without them?" His one-man comic show, Transplant, continues its run in the St. Claude Arts District.

Then, writer/performer Butch Caire joins us as he gears up for a nostalgic look at classic New Orleans R&B in the JPAS production, The Songs of Blueberry Hill in Concert.

This week on Inside the Arts, we catch up with visual artist Blake Boyd. His documentary portrait exhibit, Louisiana Cereal, captures the resilience of the people of New Orleans and Louisiana post-Katrina.

Then, WWNO's Eileen Fleming visits NOMA for a look at the exhibit, Pride of Place, which showcases works donated by New Orleans art collector and gallerist Arthur Roger.

And, vocalist Debbie Davis and pianist Josh Paxton talk about their new CD, Vices and Virtues.

Sandrine Lee

This week on Inside the Arts, a peek at the CAC’s upcoming performing arts season.

Then, an exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art pairs traditional Japanese art with the contemporary art of a New Orleans painter. WWNO’s Eileen Fleming takes us on a tour. And…WWNO’s Fred Kasten catches up with jazz bassist Christian McBride.

Photo Credit: Sandrine Lee

This week on Inside the Arts, Satchmo SummerFest returns to The Mint for a three-day celebration honoring the birthday of New Orleans’ native son, Louis Armstrong.

Then, a conversation with Catherine Russell.  The Grammy winning singer returns for encore performances during Satchmo SummerFest; and thousands of art lovers are expected to flood the Arts District as the CAC kicks off its Whitney White Linen night festivities. Inside the Arts, Tuesdays at 1 pm, Wednesdays at 8:30 pm and Thursdays at 8:45 am.

This week on Inside the Arts, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane closes its 50th Anniversary season with the musical, Gypsy. New Orleans veteran actress Liz Argus and artistic director Michael McKelvey will join us.

Then, the Historic New Orleans Collection reveals plans for a multi-faceted celebration of the city's Tricentennial Anniversary. Deputy director Daniel Hammer stops by for a chat.

And, New Orleans artist and WWNO weekend host Cynthia Scott explores the natural world in a new exhibit at The Front Gallery. It's called Un-Nature/And... 

This week on Inside the Arts, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, MASNO, kicks off its 36th annual Keyboard Festival and Piano Institute at Loyola University.  Executive director Cara McCool Woolf joins us.

Then, Impresario's Choice presents opera singer Rachel Anne Abbate in its summer concert series, Tuesdays in July. The mezzo-soprano joins us by phone from Texas.

This week on Inside the Arts, the National Association of Negro Musicians gear up for their 98th annual convention in New Orleans.  We talk with Xavier University Artist in Residence, pianist and spokesman Wilfred Delphin.  The convention runs July 16th thru 20th. More info online nanm.org.

Photo Credit: Michael Palumbo

This week on Inside the Arts, the Tony award winning musical, Hairspray opens as Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane continues its 50th Anniversary season. Then, artist James Michalopoulos stops by for a chat. His exhibit, Waltzing the Muse is in final days at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. And, Second Star New Orleans presents Lee Blessing's 1988 drama, Two Rooms.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Queen of Swing-Norma Miller is in town. The legendary dancer, known for the Lindy Hop continues to preserve a culture of Jazz dance at age 97. Her assistant Mickey Davidson joins us in conversation on Miller's long and inspiring  career.

And, a storm brews as the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane closes its 24th season with The Tempest. Actors Burton Tedesco and Lester Landon stop by for a chat.

This week on Inside the Arts, a spiritual healing as a ceremony honors African ancestors who perished during the Middle Passage. The Ashé Cultural Arts Center presents the 17th annual MAAFA commemoration in Congo Square.

Then, legendary singer Diana Ross gets the 'party with a purpose' started as ESSENCE Festival kicks off this weekend.

And, school may be out for summer, but adults are filling the classrooms. They are being lured by the call of the arts at the NOCCA Institute's Summer Studio.

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