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

Members of Louisiana’s music industry are joining forces with the National Independent Talent Organization, known as NITO. They are appealing to Congress for financial relief in the form of a bill known as the RESTART Act, a new loan program.  The COVID pandemic has shuttered the industry, leaving the future of live music across the country uncertain.  Local NITO spokeswoman, Ami Spishock joins us by phone.

White Linen Night is reimagined.  The popular Arts District gallery stroll is now called, White Linen Light, as it occurs in the galleries during business hours, Monday through Saturday, all month long. Arts District New Orleans Association vice president Matthew Showman chats with us by phone.

 

Courtesy of Octavia Art Gallery

Four highly acclaimed local artists are transforming ordinary materials into surprising works as they headline a new exhibit at Octavia Art Gallery.  The group exhibition is called Conceptual Creations: Collage and Assemblage. We talk with gallery owner Pamela Bryan.

 

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is among several arts venues reopening following temporary closure due to the pandemic.  We talk with executive director William Pittman Andrews.

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. 

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