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.

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This week on Inside the Arts... playwright Lyle Kessler's Tony-nominated Orphans is currently running at the Marigny Theater. Orphans explores the human condition through the eyes of two brothers in search of a father figure.

Then, art imitates food. We'll interview a chef who's making a Cajun feast as part of an art installation.

And we round out with the Mysterious Wisterias, an evening of music and murder with a drop dead cast of masquerading Hollywood wannabees, detectives, reporters and undercover spies.

This week on Inside the Arts, Prospect New Orleans kicks off the international contemporary art biennial- Prospect 3 this week at venues throughout the city. Prospect 3 + is a satellite program which highlights exhibits and arts events by local artists. We get a sneak peek at the St. Claude Arts District block party.

Then we explore 19th Century Creole funeral and mourning customs as New Orleanians prepare to head to the cemetery on All Saints Day.

Max Pucciariello

This week on Inside the Arts, WWNO will host the world premiere of NPR Presents: Water±, a live, journalism-based theatrical event exploring the world’s delicate and volatile relationship with water. We talk with NPR's Michele Norris and Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon.

Then, we catch up with acclaimed American pianist, Anne-Marie McDermott. She will perform at MASNO's Nocturne XII Gala.

This week on Inside the Arts, the NOLA Project presents the regional premiere of Christian Durso's Shiner. The play is a coming of age story focusing on teenagers, grunge rock and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.

Then, tap and jazz collide as the Gulf Coast Theater on Tap presents Neutral Ground. It is a unique celebration of New Orleans rhythm and tap.

And we round out with an exploration of an archive in the French Quarter that houses years of New Orleans’ cultural heritage.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with JFK's nephew, Mark Kennedy Shriver. He'll speak about Sargent Shriver, his legendary father, in a guest appearance at Loyola University.

Then, we catch up with acclaimed writer John Biguenet. His latest play, Broomstick, opens the new season for Southern Rep Theater.

And Art for Arts' Sake kicks off Saturday. We talk with artist Deedra Ludwig about her new exhibit, Art, Environment & Observations at LeMieux Galleries.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts, Tony Award-winning actor Denis O'Hare opens the Contemporary Arts Center's season with An Iliad. This adaptation of Homer's The Iliad focuses on what it means to be a nation at war today.

This week on Inside the Arts, we "Twist and Shout" as WYES-TV presents a Beatles Tribute featuring a live concert with the Fab Four Band in City Park. The tribute band performs 50 years to the day of the original Beatles concert in New Orleans in 1964. 

Paulette Hurdlik

This week on Inside the Arts, an original play by acclaimed New Orleans writer Michael Allen Zell. Thin Walls, a dark comedy borrows elements from the silent film era.  

Then, YAYA — Young Aspirations,Young Artists, makes a major investment in Central City, breaking ground for a new arts center in the LaSalle Corridor.

And we round out with the NOLA Project's season opener — One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

Tulane University


This week on Inside the Arts, Le Petit Theatre opens the season with the New Orleans premiere of the Broadway comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Then, we talk with Monica Ramirez-Montagut who is the new executive director of the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University.

And we round out with a look at Encore Academy, an arts centered charter school.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts, jazz vocalist Anais St. John brings back the disco era with Last Dance: A Tribute to Donna Summer. St. John talks with us about her high energy performance. 

Then, we kick off the cultural season with a one-night-only arts happy hour. More than five dozen organizations are involved in the arts celebration known as Culture Collision. And, we round out with conversation with highly acclaimed drummer Herlin Riley. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.