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

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks into high gear at the Fairgrounds.  In addition to its stellar musical line-up, we sample Caribbean treasures as the Cultural Exchange Pavilion celebrates Belize.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Friends of Music closes its season with the Grammy nominated chamber music ensemble Imani Winds. The New York based group is billed as one of the country's  most successful chamber music ensembles and hailed for its adventurous programming.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

This week on Inside the Arts, French Quarter Festival kicks off festivities highlighting Louisiana music, food, art and special events.

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This week on Inside the Arts, Le Petit Theatre celebrates the city's patron playwright, Tennessee Williams, with the stage production of The Glass Menagerie. We talk with artistic director Maxwell Williams and cast members.

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This week on Inside the Arts... New Orleans based blues artist Marc Stone drops by to talk about his birthday bash and recent release, Poison and Medicine.

Then, we talk with Amy Dailey Williams, the new executive director of the New Orleans Photo Alliance. She is joined by former Alliance president Seth Boonchai. And we round out with Bach's St. John Passion. The New Orleans Symphony Chorus music director Steven Edwards joins us.

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    This week on Inside the Arts, Manon and Albinas Prizgintas stop by as they gear up for the 18th Annual Bach Around the Clock Festival. 

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This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with renowned violin virtuoso Regina Carter. The multi-genre violinist will perform works from her most recent release, Southern Comfort, in concert at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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This week on Inside the Arts, an opera set at the Louisiana State penitentiary at Angola opens this week as the New Orleans Opera Association presents Dead Man Walking.

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This week on Inside the Arts, The NOLA Project premieres SIVE, a rarely seen, dark Irish drama about greed and passion.  We talk with veteran actress Janet Shea and artistic director A.J. Allegra.

Then, we take a peek at Self Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum on view at NOMA.
And, we round out with a concert of jazz featuring internationally acclaimed vibraphonist Thomas van der Geld and award winning New Orleans pianist and Loyola music professor Sandy Hinderlie.

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

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This week on Inside the Arts, Ailey II, the next generation of artists from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Crescent City. We talk with artistic director Troy Powell.