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.

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This week on Inside the Arts, it's Carnival time in the city's tricentennial year.  We look at  Mardi Gras past and present.

This week on Inside the Arts, guitarist Jimmy Robinson is gearing up for the Across the Pond Guitar Festival featuring the Bruskers Duo from Modena, Italy. Also, performing are Michael Skinkus, Phil deGruy and the New Orleans Guitar Masters.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Musaica Chamber Ensemble continues its 12th season with Music in Transition. Founder and violist Bruce Owen drops by with cellist Stefan Koch.

This week on Inside the Arts, we spice things up as the New Orleans Opera Association continues its 75th season with George Chadwick's Tabasco: A Burlesque Opera.

This week on Inside the Arts, New Orleans Jazz vocalist Anais St. John debuts Simply the Best: The Tina Turner Story.  She joins us for a chat about her live tribute to the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll.

Then, a Carnival celebration finds revelers masking with a mission---to break the cycle of poverty and violence for New Orleans' youth thru the culinary arts. World renowned chefs and international musicians headline the 3rd Annual Link Stryjewski Foundation's Bal Masque. Chef Stephen Stryjewski will join us.

This week on Inside the Arts, Festival PiaNOLA presented by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off with guest artist Xiaohui Yang, a 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition Gold Medalist. MASNO executive director, Cara McCool Woolf drops by for a chat.

Then, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is holding its annual statewide art contest for high school students. Jacques Rodrigue is the executive director of the foundation and joins us by phone.

Photo Credit: Steve Sisney

This week on Inside the Arts, we catch up with The Fonz! Henry Winkler, the iconic Happy Days star is heading to town for the Wizard World Comic Con extravaganza. 

This week on Inside the Arts, two krewes gear up for 12th Night celebrations. We visit with the Phunny Phorty Phellows captain, Peggy Scott Laborde. 

 Then, the Krewe of Joan of Arc prepares to walk through the French Quarter. Krewe founder Amy Kirk joins us. And, a new exhibit at NOMA highlights turn of the century Carnival art. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Photo Credit: Brantley Gutierrez

This week on Inside the Arts, the countdown is on as Live From Here with Chris Thile, formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion, heads to New Orleans for a  national broadcast, with special guest John Prine.  We catch up with the host.

Photo Credit: John B. Barrios

This week on Inside the Arts, Southern Rep Theatre continues its run of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a holiday romance billed as an imagined sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Then, Mélange Dance Company presents Journey of Dreamers. It's an original contemporary dance production exploring the American Dream.

And, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center gears up a for major milestone, its 20th Anniversary. 

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.