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, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater rolls into town.  The New Orleans Ballet Association [NOBA] presents the return of the legendary modern dance company as it celebrates 60 years of African American culture through dance.  We talk with artistic director Robert Battle.

Then, a heads up for classical music and opera lovers. The Symphony Book Fair is holding a special event that could enrich your collection of music as well as books.  LPO volunteer and New Orleans Opera associate Philip Straub joins us with details.

This week on Inside the Arts, Voices in the Dark Repertory Theatre Company and Ashé Cultural Arts Center celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play, A Raisin in the Sun. We talk with director Tommye Myrick and actors Michael Forest and Constance Thompson.

Then, the wait is over. The Broadway smash hit Hamilton opens at the Saenger this week. We go backstage as WWNO's Karl Lengel talks with award winning lighting designer Howell Binkley.

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This week on Inside the Arts, New Orleans based Putumayo Records is celebrating 25 years. WWNO’s Karl Lengel catches up with Putumayo founder/CEO Dan Storper.

Then, an open call goes out to visual artists of all mediums for a spot at the city's premier handmade market in Palmer Park. We talk with Arts Market New Orleans manager, Katie Odell.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Greatest Free Show on Earth kicks into high gear. It's Carnival Time!

We'll explore adventures along the parade route.  We have ideas for all the beads you're collecting and information on an app to help you get around.

Also, Peggy Scott Laborde drops by with a heads up on WYES-TV's live broadcast of the meeting of the courts of Rex and Comus.

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This week on Inside the Arts, folksinger, songwriter and guitarist Spencer Bohren is back. He's exhibiting his passion for art with a collection of his handmade works that will be on view as he performs with The Whippersnappers in a concert presented by The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

Then, an open call goes out to visual artists of all mediums for a spot at the city's premier handmade market in Palmer Park. We talk with Arts Market New Orleans manager, Katie Odell.

This week on Inside the Arts, it's awards season! May we have the envelope, please?  Gambit's 2019 Tribute to the Classical Arts awards luncheon gets underway Friday. Two special prizes will highlight the event. Tulane University professor of dance, Barbara Hayley will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. She joins us in our studio.

Then, MASNO's New Orleans Piano Institute is honored with Gambit's Education Award. The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans executive director, Cara McCool Woolf joins us with New Orleans Piano Institute co-director, Joni Jensen.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Prytania Theatre is ground zero for the 22nd New Orleans French Film Festival. We get a sneak peek at French language films from around the globe with Fallon Young, executive director of the New Orleans Film Society.

Then, we take a long and winding road to a Julia Street art gallery.  Boyd|Satellite is closing its doors with a final exhibit, Number Nine Dream, paying  homage to former Beatle, John Lennon.  Co-owners Ginette Bone and Blake Boyd will join us.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with award-winning singer Lena Prima.  The daughter of New Orleans legendary trumpeter/singer Louis Prima celebrates family on her new CD. It's called Prima La Famiglia.

Then, acclaimed soprano Heather Phillips and New Orleans Opera artistic director Robert Lyall are in our studio for a chat about the upcoming production of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio.

And, a new platform for Latin culture, VIDA in New Orleans, launches this week with a website and concert. Multi-disciplinary artist José Torres-Tama joins us by phone.

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This week on Inside the Arts, musicians are "Singing for Spencer".  It's a benefit concert to support fellow artist Spencer Bohren's recovery. The folk music singer, songwriter, guitarist, educator and storyteller was recently diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer.  Spencer Bohren and his son Andre will join us.

Then, the Broadway at NOCCA series continues with singer/actress Beth Malone.  We talk with the Broadway star of Angels in America and Tony Award nominee for Fun Home by phone.

This week on Inside the Arts, a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit is in final days at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The Orléans Collection, honors the city's tricentennial. It features masterpieces from around the world that were once within the private collection of Phillippe II, the Duke of Orléans, our city's namesake. WWNO's Eileen Fleming takes us on tour with Vanessa Schmid, NOMA's senior research curator for European Art.