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

Today you'll hear from renowned artist Richard Thomas, who takes us on a post Katrina healing journey... and we'll delve into a Louisiana kidnapping mystery, plus gain a little wisdom from the art of rap.

As we recover from the impact of Hurricane Isaac, we are eerily reminded of a storm 7 years ago that changed the lives of Louisianans.  Today, we'll look back at Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of mystery writer Julie Smith...we'll revisit City Park with a look at it's revitalization post-K and see how the arts will again provide a healing balm with a big celebration.

Today we'll explore a happy hour with a sprinkling of culture...page through a new biography of New Orleans kinetic artist Lin Emery...dance with sistas at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center and examine stereotypes through the eyes of printmaker Katrina Andry.

This week on Inside the Arts you'll hear why Southern Rep Theater's artistic director Aimee Hayes is kicking high.  We'll explore a cultural center that's bringing a Hindu system of philosophy, among other things, to the 9th ward, spin a yarn with an English textile artist, and find out what may have

This week we have a selection from Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III, a New Orleans Museum of Art exhibit that will soon head to the nation's capitol for inclusion in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. Then New Orleans tenor Bryan Hymel and his wife, Irini, will perform solos and duets from grand operas.

We'll also travel down the bayou to the Regional Arts Council in Houma, plus talk with advice columnist Amy Dickinson about her new memoir. It's a jam-packed week of Inside the Arts!

Today on Inside the Arts we'll visit with playwright Jim Fitzmorris as he steps into the boxing ring with the Governor... we'll peek inside the acclaimed new biography by New Orleans writer Ben Sandmel, Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans... we'll tap into the demand for specialty cocktails, and give you tips on how to perfect your signature voice.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts you'll hear about a three-day birthday bash honoring the life, legacy and music of Louis Armstrong... we'll sashay down Julia Street for Whitney White Linen Night celebrations, throw a little poetry into the mix, and tackle tradition with a popular Broadway musical opening Uptown.

This week on Inside the Arts, a piano competition heats up at Loyola University; there's much talk about a Louisiana-shot film that took top honors at the Sundance Film Festival; we'll tour an overlooked French Quarter institution; and we take a peek at an exhibit that's hitting a high note with jazz lovers.

The countdown is on to Sunday's finals as contestants from around the globe move through the semi-final rounds of the 24th Annual International Piano Competition. We go Inside the Arts for a behind-the-scenes look at the competition, held by MASNO, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, now underway at Loyola University.

More info at masno.org and hallpiano.com

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The S.S. American ocean liner sets out for a trip across the pond, as Tulane's Summer Lyric Theater continues its 45th season with Cole Porter's Tony Award winning musical, Anything Goes. We go Inside the Arts for a sneak peek.