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

Credit: Mark Higashino

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with jazz icon Dee Dee Bridgewater. The Grammy award winning singer-songwriter will join Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra in a performance of works from the Holiday songbook.

Then, we travel back in time to Bedford Falls, New York for a live radio stage production of It's A Wonderful Life. The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation brings the Holiday classic to NOLA Christmasfest.

ArtSpot Productions

This week on Inside the Arts, an ensemble of artists dedicated to creating live theater in New Orleans reaches a milestone. ArtSpot Productions is celebrating 20 years of original performances in the Crescent City. We talk with founding artistic director Kathy Randels.

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 This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Museum of Art's Great Hall is the setting for the NOLA Project's presentation of Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale.

Then, grand homes in the Garden District are dressed in holiday greens and open to the public. We'll take a tour as the Preservation Resource Center gears up for its 40th celebration.

And, we round out with a holiday celebration from the Marigny Opera Ballet, premiering Christmas Concerto a contemporary ballet in three parts.

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

James Arey / Ariodante Gallery

Coming up on Inside the Arts … conversation with James Arey.  He is this month’s lagniappe artist at Ariodante Gallery, 535 Julia Street. We talk about his new works on paper, wood and canvas.  Arey’s gallery show opens Saturday, December 5th with a reception from 6-9 pm.

Anne Bachelier

This week on Inside the Arts: French artist Anne Bachelier gears up for a unique exhibit and live painting at Angela King Gallery. We talk with the artist about her latest show, Before We Wake, as she journeys to a fantasy world of dreams and mystery.

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This week on Inside the Arts… the New Orleans Street Gallery Project is decreasing blight across the city, one utility box at a time.  We talk with Jeannie Tidy, vice-president of Community Visions Unlimited.

Then, a prolific but elusive 19th century architect’s works come to light in a new exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection. We explore An Architect and His City: Henry Howard’s New Orleans with the HNOC’s John Lawrence.

And, we journey down the bayou with artist Aron Belka as he explores the wetlands in a new exhibit opening at LeMieux Galleries. 

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We go Inside the Arts with bluesman Little Freddie King.  The legendary guitarist performs tonight [Friday, Nov. 20] in the courtyard of the Historic New Orleans Collection -- 533 Royal Street.

Rachel Neville

This week on Inside the Arts, the Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to New Orleans. We talk with artistic director Virginia Johnson.

 Then, the Contemporary Arts Center presents Tennessee Williams' "The Mutilated". Actress Mink Stole drops by for a visit. And, we round out with an exploration of "New Orleans and the Mississippi River", a new documentary from WYES TV. We talk with producer and narrator Peggy Scott Laborde. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts... conversation with award winning playwright and native son Hal Clark. His critically acclaimed drama, Fishers of Men, which explores drugs, crime, violence and redemption returns to the stage.

 Then, historic downtown theaters make a strong comeback post Katrina. We trek through the theater district with entertainment writer David Lee Simmons.  And, we round out with a star studded benefit concert with a goal of collecting Coats for Kids. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

This week on Inside the Arts... conversation with world renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. 

Then, Southern Rep Theatre gears up for the world premiere of Song of a Man Coming Through.  The stage drama is based on the true story of a Louisiana convicted murderer and the legal team that reluctantly became his greatest advocates. We talk with nationally acclaimed actor and Louisiana native Lance Nichols and Southern Rep's artistic director Aimee Hayes.