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, we're gearing up for a red carpet walk as the opening of the 29th Annual New Orleans Film Festival nears. Fallon Young, executive director of the New Orleans Film Society joins us.

This week on Inside the Arts, meet Barry Shabaka Henley. The acclaimed actor and native son returns home, starring in Terry Teachout's one-man, three-character play, Satchmo at the Waldorf. In this season opener at Le Petit Theatre, Henley stars as Louis Armstrong, his manager Joe Glaser and Miles Davis.

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This week on Inside the Arts, legendary entertainer Deacon John kicks things off. The guitarist joins Dr. Kara Olidge, executive director of the Amistad Research Center. They are gearing up for Soundtrack of New Orleans, a public celebration of Amistad's 52nd Anniversary, honoring the city's tricentennial, civic leaders and legendary musicians.

Then, we visit with Emery Clark. The acclaimed Northshore artist is being honored with a retrospective exhibit of her work, opening at Christwood Atrium Gallery in Covington.

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This week on Inside the Arts, Diavolo | Architecture in Motion, brings a high energy performance to the Mahalia Jackson Theater, kicking off a new season of dance for the New Orleans Ballet Association.  We talk with Diavolo founder and artistic director Jacques Heim.

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It's a musical blowout this week on Inside the Arts. We begin with a face-off between renowned drummers Herlin Riley and John Vidacovich as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation kicks off its new concert season. Then, a contemporary art venue in the Bywater gives you a chance to make an artful sound as the Music Box Village reopens this weekend. And, Musaica, an award-winning chamber ensemble opens a new season with a focus on Jewish composers.

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This week on Inside the Arts, a solo exhibit of mixed media works on paper by multi-disciplinary artist José Torres-Tama opens at the UNO Downtown Gallery in the St. Claude Arts District. "Hard Living in the Big Easy" honors the Latin American immigrant community and its contributions to the rebirth of New Orleans.

Then, a family friendly arts experience in St. Bernard Parish signals the end of summer. We visit the 3rd and final Summer Second Sunday at Crevasse 22|River House, a sculpture garden and museum in Poydras, Louisiana.

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This week on Inside the Arts, ever thought you'd be hoping for hotter days in August? Well, that wish could lead you to a free visit to some of the coolest spots in town. That's the idea behind the Helis Foundation's Art and A/C campaign. We talk with Helis Foundation managing director, Jessie Haynes.

Then, conversation with artist and children's author Alex Beard. His latest book, The Lying King, is a parable that takes us to the animal kingdom. It approaches the subject of lying in a time Beard feels truth is under siege.

This week on Inside the Arts, a look at Culture Collision 10. The unique "happy hour" hosted by WWNO, focuses on the city's top non-profit arts groups.

Then, conversation with Ashé Cultural Arts Center co-founder Carole Bebelle on the organization's 20th Anniversary.

And, the Saenger Theatre gears up for a new season anchored by the Broadway smash hit, Hamilton.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Marigny Opera Ballet gears up for its 5th season.   Executive director Dave Hurlbert stops by for a chat.

And, the tricentennial art installation, EMPIRE by Los Angeles based artists Fallen Fruit, continues its run at Tulane's Newcomb Art Museum.  Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

This week on Inside the Arts, Jazz singer Anais St. John brings to life one of the city’s most infamous madams in her new cabaret show, Lulu White: Queen of Storyville.

Then, the Tennessee Williams Company of New Orleans opens its 4th season with the playwright’s autobiographical work, Vieux Carré. And, we celebrate the city's 300th Anniversary with a Tricentennial Rag.  Jazz clarinetist and composer Dr. Michael White is back with a new CD.  Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.