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.

Ways To Connect

Tom Caravaglia

This week on Inside the Arts, Singers Of United Lands, known as S.O.U.L., are in town for an encore performance. The vocal quartet shares cultural experiences from around the globe through the gift of song.

Then, Southern Rep Theater continues its 2015 season in the newly opened Ashé Power House with Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams.

And, the world renowned Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company returns to the Marginy Opera House with two programs of modern dance.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

Duncan Cole

This week on Inside the Arts, you'll hear how a pilot program is bringing comfort to the aching feet of school marching bands, many of which racked up miles in Carnival parades. 

Then, the Ashé Culture Arts Center is expanding its Central City campus with a multi-million dollar state-of-the art performance center and visual art gallery. We talk with executive director Carole Bebelle about plans for the new Ashé Power House.

And, New Zealand's premier contemporary dance company Black Grace makes its New Orleans debut.

This week on Inside the Arts, the greatest free show on earth, Mardi Gras 2015 is here. We celebrate with a Carnival revue!

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts, the countdown to Carnival is on! The Dixie Cups will lead the Mystic Krewe of Nyx. We talk with parade spokeswoman Lydia Glapion.

Then we round out with a special a cappella treat as The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University make an appearance Uptown.

And, the riverfront will be ground zero for Lundi Gras festivities.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Loyola University

This week on Inside the Arts, Loyola University hosts Mardi Gras Forum: The Women of Carnival. The popular forum will explore women's contributions and importance to Mardi Gras. It will feature leaders from several female Carnival krewes. We talk with Jim Gabour, Loyola professor of Video Technology.

Mardi Gras Forum: The Women of Carnival takes place on Monday, February 9 at Loyola University's Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd floor of Monroe Hall at 4:45 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

This week on Inside the Arts, family histories and mysteries come to light as the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow focuses on stories from New Orleans.

Then, we talk with Sean Chen. The piano prodigy will open UNO's award winning Musical Excursions concert series.

And, we round out with a look at an architectural gem on the lakefront where historic aviation-themed murals are in need of a little TLC.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

Patti Perret

This week on Inside the Arts, the 2015 Tribute to the Classical Arts Awards will honor the best in classical music, opera and dance at its annual luncheon benefiting the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education. We talk with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Diane Carney, artistic director of Ballet Hysell. 

Le Petite Theatre

This week on Inside the Arts, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s rock-opera, Jesus Christ Superstar,  is revved up for 21st Century audiences. We catch up with director Augustin Correro.

Then, we explore the art of plastic surgery through a sculpting class for medical students. And, we tell you about a call for artists. The Contemporary Arts Center is celebrating the second year of its Distillery Artist Residency program.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts, we remember the late, great jazz guitarist, banjoist, raconteur and band leader, Danny Barker.  Local musicians get together for a Danny Barker birthday tribute. 

Then, what was once a public hospital serving the city's poor is now the subject of an award winning documentary. Producer Ben Johnson, joins us to talk about the film, Big Charity: The Death of America's Oldest Hospital. And, we round out with an emotionally charged exhibit by award winning artist Wayne Amedee. 

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

Kim Welsh

 This week on Inside the Arts, the first parades of 2015 are ready to roll!

A medieval-themed procession gears up to march in the French Quarter. The Joan of Arc Parade rolls on 12th Night, celebrating the 603rd birthday of the Maid of Orléans, France.

Then, the Phunny Phorty Phellows have their sights set on Carnival, as they prepare for their traditional ride on the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line this Twelfth Night. And, we round out with the addition of two new pieces of art in NOMA's Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. 

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