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.

Ways to Connect

Dancing Grounds annual Dance for Social Change Festival kicks off this week, virtually via ZOOM. It will focus on issues of gentrification and COVID-19 in New Orleans, featuring a panel discussion with local leaders, dance classes and a film premiere of an original performance piece by its teen dancers. We talk with Dancing Grounds youth programs manager, Randall Rosenberg.

The festival runs May 25th thru 29th. All events are free, but you must pre-register at dancingrounds.org for a link to the activities. 

Le Petit Theatre  presents, “Sorry, Wrong Number”. The 1940’s classic noir radio play, about a woman who overhears a murder plot, will debut on Facebook, Friday May 22nd at 7:30 pm. There is also a link to the event at lepetittheatre.com.  We talk with director Max Williams and actors Leslie Castay and Tracey Collins by phone.   


CANO, Creative Alliance of New Orleans, explores art and artists virtually with its Artists in View project.  Executive director, Jeanne Nathan joins us by phone.  

More info on the Artists in View project can be found online at cano-la.org 

New research from the British Academy of Sound Therapy proves music heals and it doesn't take long to experience  therapeutic effects.  The study caught the eye of Dr. Penny Roberts, a professor of music therapy at Loyola University. We catch up with her by phone.


Conversation with Jessie Haynes, managing director of The Helis Foundation.

You can find more info online at thehelisfoundation.org 

The Preservation Resource Center is offering online workshops, classes and discussions about our city's historic architecture.  We talk with PRC executive director Danielle Del Sol.

Photo courtesy of Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans

This week on Inside the Arts, India Fest is back.  We’ll get a sneak peek at the 2020 festivities featuring Indian arts, culture and cuisine at the New Orleans Museum of Art.  Event note: India Fest rescheduled for Saturday, June 6.  In the interest of public safety due to concerns over coronavirus (COVID-19), NOMA has rescheduled India Fest to Saturday, June 6. 

Photo Credit: Edda Pacifico

This week on Inside the Arts, the Louis Moreau Institute's 2020 Festival premieres Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' monodrama, Eight Songs for a Mad King and other works by contemporary masters and emerging composers.  Artistic director Morris Rosenzweig and bass baritone Jonathan Z. Harris join us for a chat.

And, Le Petit Theatre continues its season with August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Piano Lesson.  Veteran actors Lance Nichols and Zeb Hollins III are here.

Photo Credit: Kate Elkins

This week on Inside the Arts, Carnival revelry kicks into high gear as Mardi Gras is here! 

 We’ll explore adventures along the parade route. Food writer Ian McNulty looks at a new variety of king cakes.  Reporter Betsy Shepherd has an eye on Fat Tuesday’s environmental impact.  And, WYES TV host Peggy Scott Laborde joins us with a preview of the LIVE broadcast of the Rex Ball and the Meeting of the Courts of Rex and Comus.  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, the 23rd New Orleans French Film Festival gets underway right after Mardi Gras.  It’s one of the longest-running foreign language festivals in the country.  We talk with the festival’s artistic director emeritus John Desplas.

And, the Contemporary Arts Center continues its run of a series of exhibits highlighting women artists, headlined by internationally acclaimed Brooklyn painter Mickalene Thomas.  We caught up with Thomas who will join us in our studio.