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, the 3rd Annual Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off Saturday on the Northshore.

Then, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University is celebrating the big 5-OH! Artistic director Michael McKelvey joins us.

And, vocalist Debbie Davis and pianist Josh Paxton release their first CD as a duo. It's a live recording called Vices and Virtues.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the 3rd Annual New Orleans International Guitar Festival gets underway at Tulane University.  Guitarists from 10 countries will celebrate a variety of musical styles.

Then, the Spider Queen, an original work from The NOLA Project, continues its run in NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with choreographer Jessica Lang. Her celebrated contemporary ballet company, Jessica Lang Dance, will perform a tribute to Veterans in the New Orleans Ballet Association's season finale.

Then, Redd Linen Night kicks off in Central City.  The Ashé Cultural Arts Center's visual arts show, with a twist, honors the legacy of Ashé co-founder Douglas Redd.

And, the 4th Annual Wetlands Art Tour kicks off this week in venues across the city. Producer John Calhoun of Spotlight New Orleans drops by for a chat.

The Arts District’s annual arts stroll, Jammin’ On Julia kicks off on Saturday with new exhibitions, music and food. We talk with Ginette Bone, president of the Arts District New Orleans Association.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Broadway hit musical HAMILTON is heading to the Saenger.  Got tickets? We talk with Saenger general manager David Skinner.

Then, it's Jazz Fest weekend 2.  We explore an architectural trade in the Louisiana Folklife Village. We catch up with Swiss woodworker Heinz Gautschi.

And, the UNO Playwrights Festival continues its run in the Marigny. Festival coordinator Bryon Reiger and UNO playwriting assistant professor Justin Maxwell stop by for a chat.

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This week on Inside the Arts, Jazz Fest 2017 kicks off with a celebration of Cuba! We explore music, food and art in this historic cultural exchange.

Then, something new weekday afternoons between the weekends of Jazz Fest.  Maple Leaf Bar Interviews at Frenchy's will bring audiences closer to legendary New Orleans musicians.  WWNO's Fred Kasten will highlight George Porter, Jr., Johnny Vidacovich and Ellis Marsalis.

And, we round out with a concert of classical music with LPO cellist Jeanne Jaubert and friends in the Marigny.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with violin virtuoso Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. She performs in concert this week with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra.

 

Then, a new exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art  complements traditional Japanese art with the contemporary work of New Orleans painter Regina Scully.  WWNO's Eileen Fleming talks with NOMA's Lisa Rotondo-McCord and the artist herself about the unexpected connection of styles.

 

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This week on Inside the Arts, "Orfeo" returns to the Marigny Opera House. The original full length ballet, is inspired by an Italian opera and based on the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. We talk with choreographer Maya Taylor and producer Dave Hurlbert.

This week on Inside the Arts, a concert on Lake Pontchartrain aims to bring more awareness to our state's coastal crisis.  New Orleans Airlift, the LPO and composer Yotam Haber join forces.

Then... French Quarter Fest kicks off this week in the Vieux Carré.

And, the Gretna Mainstreet New Music Theatre Festival opens on the Westbank.

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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with legendary actress and singer Audra McDonald.  The record breaking, six time Tony Award winner is in town this week for a special performance at NOCCA.

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