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

Photo Courtesy Modernist Cuisine LLC

This week on Inside the Arts we explore The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, an exhibit by Microsoft co-founder  Nathan Myhrvold.

The exhibit which explores the science of food is on view at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum through February 29.  We talk with exhibit co-curator Melissa Lukach.

This week on Inside the Arts, love lingers in the air post-Valentine's Day. We talk with the members of Theatre On Tap as they present Love Taps: An Evening of Romance and Rhythm.

Then, one of the longest running off-Broadway productions, Black Angels Over Tuskegee opens at the National World War II Museum's BB's Stage Door Canteen. It's an historical docudrama of the first Black aviators in the US Army Air Forces. We talk with actor Delano Barbosa.

And, we round out with an evening of revenge as Sondheim's dark musical Sweeney Todd opens at Tulane.

Max Moran (L) bass, Joe Dyson (C) drums, Conun Pappas (R) piano
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They are billed as three of the hottest young musicians on the New Orleans jazz scene.

The Bridge Trio, presented by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation will perform in a free concert Saturday at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center at 1225 N. Rampart Street.  We talk with bassist Max Moran and drummer Joe Dyson.  Their latest release is The Search: Departure.

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

Photo Credit: Shannon Gleespen

This week on Inside the Arts, the greatest free show on earth is well underway... Mardi Gras 2016 is here! 

We'll listen to the sounds of Mardi Gras,check out what's good to eat on the street and check in with artists who are making carnival float art available for public collection. We’ll also scream for beads and dance till we drop. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

Miette Art Boutique

This week on Inside the Arts, playwright Jim Fitzmorris ponders what it truly means to be a New Orleanian in his latest one man show, Be A New Orleanian: A Swearing In Ceremony.

Then, we talk with the creator of the 1970's Saturday Night Live character Mr. Bill.  New Orleans native Walter Williams debuts a sneak peek at Crescent City, a TV series set in town with a focus on events leading up to JFK's assassination.

And, we round out with a look at Mardi Gras float art available for public collection. 

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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Grammy Award winning fiddler Mark O'Connor. He'll perform in concert with acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg this weekend at Loyola University.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Gambit 2016 Tribute to the Classical Arts honors the best in classical music, opera and dance at its annual luncheon benefiting the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education.

We talk with classical pianist Dr. Wilfred Delphin, alumnus and artist-in-residence in the Department of Music at Xavier University. Delphin is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Photo Credit: Greg Miles

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Grammy Award winning musician Irvin Mayfield on the premiere of #__________ Lives Matter. Mayfield and the 19-piece New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will perform the original composition, which aims to generate conversations about race and violence in America.

Then, on a much lighter note a classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty comes to Le Petit Theatre in the form of an American panto. Its slapstick humor and interactive fun for audiences of all ages.

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

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Cecile Monteyne, creator and producer of the live comedy show You Don’t Know the Half of It.  The actors know half the lines and improvisers make up the rest in this 4th Anniversary edition.

Contemporary Arts Center

This week on Inside the Arts, the 2nd Annual Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival gets underway. We talk with festival organizer and acclaimed guitarist Detroit Brooks.