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
11:04 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Inside The Arts: NPR Presents Water, MASNO Gala With Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, Momix In Alchemia

Momix in Alchemia
Credit Max Pucciariello

This week on Inside the Arts, WWNO will host the world premiere of NPR Presents: Water±, a live, journalism-based theatrical event exploring the world’s delicate and volatile relationship with water. We talk with NPR's Michele Norris and Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon.

Then, we catch up with acclaimed American pianist, Anne-Marie McDermott. She will perform at MASNO's Nocturne XII Gala.

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Inside the Arts
10:27 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Inside The Arts: NOLA Project's Shiner, Tap And Jazz Collide In Neutral Ground, Cultural Archive

This week on Inside the Arts, the NOLA Project presents the regional premiere of Christian Durso's Shiner. The play is a coming of age story focusing on teenagers, grunge rock and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.

Then, tap and jazz collide as the Gulf Coast Theater on Tap presents Neutral Ground. It is a unique celebration of New Orleans rhythm and tap.

And we round out with an exploration of an archive in the French Quarter that houses years of New Orleans’ cultural heritage.

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

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Inside the Arts
2:13 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Inside The Arts: JFK's Nephew Speaks At Loyola, John Biguenet's Broomstick, Art For Arts' Sake

Mark Kennedy Shriver

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with JFK's nephew, Mark Kennedy Shriver. He'll speak about Sargent Shriver, his legendary father, in a guest appearance at Loyola University.

Then, we catch up with acclaimed writer John Biguenet. His latest play, Broomstick, opens the new season for Southern Rep Theater.

And Art for Arts' Sake kicks off Saturday. We talk with artist Deedra Ludwig about her new exhibit, Art, Environment & Observations at LeMieux Galleries.

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

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Inside the Arts
8:22 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Inside The Arts: An Iliad Starring Denis O'Hare, MASNO's Cara McCool, Samuel Beckett's Endgame

Cara McCool, MASNO's new executive director

This week on Inside the Arts, Tony Award-winning actor Denis O'Hare opens the Contemporary Arts Center's season with An Iliad. This adaptation of Homer's The Iliad focuses on what it means to be a nation at war today.

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Inside the Arts
7:10 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Inside The Arts: Fab Four Beatles Tribute, Green Salvations, Two Trains Running

This week on Inside the Arts, we "Twist and Shout" as WYES-TV presents a Beatles Tribute featuring a live concert with the Fab Four Band in City Park. The tribute band performs 50 years to the day of the original Beatles concert in New Orleans in 1964. 

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Inside the Arts
10:45 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Inside The Arts: Thin Walls, YAYA Invests In Central City, NOLA Project Tackles Cuckoo's Nest

YAYA breaks ground for Central City Arts Center
Credit Paulette Hurdlik

This week on Inside the Arts, an original play by acclaimed New Orleans writer Michael Allen Zell. Thin Walls, a dark comedy borrows elements from the silent film era.  

Then, YAYA — Young Aspirations,Young Artists, makes a major investment in Central City, breaking ground for a new arts center in the LaSalle Corridor.

And we round out with the NOLA Project's season opener — One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

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

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Inside the Arts
10:45 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Inside The Arts: Le Petit's New Season, Newcomb Gallery's New Director, Encore Academy Stands Out

Monica Ramirez-Montagut, the new head of the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University.
Credit Tulane University

    

This week on Inside the Arts, Le Petit Theatre opens the season with the New Orleans premiere of the Broadway comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Then, we talk with Monica Ramirez-Montagut who is the new executive director of the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University.

And we round out with a look at Encore Academy, an arts centered charter school.

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 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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