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, conversation with acclaimed dancer, choreographer and educator, Lula Elzy.  She is this year's recipient of Gambit's Tribute to the Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Then, the life of Jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton comes to the stage as the Broadway musical Jelly's Last Jam makes its regional premiere at Le Petit Theatre.

And, NOBA and NOCCA welcome Ronald K. Brown and his New York based dance company EVIDENCE in a program blending African and Afro-Cuban dance rhythms.

This week on Inside the Arts, The Storyville Collective presents Reefer Madness-The Musical…a  satire of the 1936 cult film classic. Director Michael McKelvey joins us.

Reefer Madness-The Musical runs January 19-22 at Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St Claude Ave.  Also...February 2-5 and 9-12 at Rivertown Theater in Kenner.

This week on Inside the Arts, internationally acclaimed artist Mickalene Thomas is headed for the Crescent City.  Tulane's Newcomb Museum of Art will host her first solo exhibit in New Orleans... Waiting on Prime-Time Star.  Find out what First Lady Michelle Obama and Solange have in common with this artist.

Then, a new work from ArtSpot Productions and Jeff Becker takes a look at what's happened in the decade since Katrina in Sea of Common Catastrophe.

This week on Inside the Arts, Alexander the Great makes a colorful splash in the 9th Ward just in time for Carnival. We catch up with artist Morgan Molthrop and CANO executive director Jeanne Nathan.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with jazz vocalist Anaïs St. John.  Her high energy Big Easy Award nominated show takes us back to the age of Disco.

 

Photo Credit: Robert Morris

This week on Inside the Arts, we usher in the Carnival season with two Twelfth Night celebrations.  First, the Phunny Phorty Phellows gear up for their annual historic streetcar ride.  Captain Peggy Scott Laborde talks about the festivities and a major milestone in her professional career as host of "Steppin' Out" on WYES-TV.

Then, the festivities continue as the 9th annual Joan of Arc Parade walks the French Quarter. The unique parade melding medieval revelry and Mardi Gras celebrates Joan's birth which coincides with Twelfth Night. Parade founder Amy Kirk joins us.

Photo Credit: Crista Rock Productions

This week on Inside the Arts, Lyrica Baroque Chamber Ensemble gears up for an intimate evening with A Musical Christmas featuring soprano Sarah Jane McMahon, cellist Daniel Lelchuk and guest artist, Emmanuel Arakelian on harpsichord.

This week on Inside the Arts, singer Debbie Davis leads the way, fronting an all-star band as Oh Crap, It's Christmas! - a musical holiday spectacular returns to Cafe Istanbul.

Then, silly slapstick humor eases the stress of the holidays at Le Petit Theatre with an English Panto-Musicians of Bremen. A tale from the Brothers Grimm with a New Orleans twist, written by Jon Greene.

Photo Credit: James Ewing

This week on Inside the Arts, a rainbow will transform the night sky as the Arts Council's LUNA Fête 2016 kicks off this week.  Arts Council president Nick Stillman joins us.

Then, Uptown the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans presents a musical celebration of Hanukkah, with a rare performance of Handel's oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus.  Symphony Chorus music director Steven Edwards stops by for a chat. 

This week on Inside the Arts, jazz vocalist Zardis Nichols makes her hometown concert debut in Zardis: Outta My Mind at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market.  Nichols is the grand-niece of legendary New Orleans bassist Chester Zardis and is married to acclaimed actor Lance Nichols. 

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