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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This week on Inside the Arts, the "Happy Hour" with a purpose: Culture Collision celebrates its 5th Anniversary, kicking off the 2013-14 cultural season. We  journey to the Arts District for conversation with a gallery owner who finds herself giving away the gallery's income. And we round out with a cabaret show that will have you humming tunes from your summer road trip.

Airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays  at 7:35 a.m.

Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans with the opportunity to revamp its public school system. To that end, the city's education landscape became dotted with charter schools run by several operators.

The eighth anniversary of that storm is upon us, and we're seeing the charter school movement in the city slow down as operators look elsewhere to take over low-performing schools.

This week on Inside the Arts you'll hear from jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe. He talks about the world premiere of Water Too High, Bones Too Low, an original composition remembering the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Then, the New Orleans premiere of the off-Broadway musical Children's Letters to God continues its run at the NORD Ty Tracy Theater at Gallier Hall. And we talk with an English designer who knows how to spin a yarn. 

This week we're talkin' jazz with the great drummer Herlin Riley, and you'll hear about a subscription program that makes art collecting easy and accessible. We'll round out the show with a visit to NOVAC, a local non-profit that is helping to cultivate our film community.

Airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.

Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane University rounds out its 46th season with Cole Porter's most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate. The multi-Tony Award winning musical opens tonight, and WWNO's Diane Mack goes Inside the Arts for a sneak peek.

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Coming up on Inside the Arts, we visit with jazz saxophonist and Astral Project founder Tony Dagradi. Then we explore the LPO's education outreach programs for students. And, youngsters with the Jefferson Performing Arts Society gear up for the opening of Bye, Bye Birdie.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.

Coming up on Inside the Arts, Tony Award-winner Mary Louise Wilson gears up to entertain theater-goers at Le Petit Theatre's season opening of Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss and What I Wore.

This week on Inside the Arts, a wildly romantic musical weaves a web of intrigue in A Little Night Music, considered to be one of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim's best works.

We'll visit with NOVAC, a local non-profit that is helping to cultivate our film community. And Crescent City Lights, a local youth theater group, is celebrating a milestone. 

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.
 

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This week on Inside the Arts, we'll explore a bejeweled exhibit of modern art in NOMA's Great Hall, and a public-private partnership raises the barre with new opportunities for dance in the Crescent City.

Plus, a new fishing hole opens downtown (here's a hint: It's air conditioned!) and a local arts leader speaks at ESSENCE Festival. And, a cultural arts center pays homage to those lost during the Middle Passage.

The ACLU of Louisiana and the Southern Poverty Law Center are co-sponsoring a screening of Herman's House.

Herman's House tells the story of an unlikely friendship between New York artist Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace, a convicted murderer who has spent the last 40 years in solitary confinement at Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary. Their journey reveals the transformative power of art.

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