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, Big Freedia puts bounce in New Orleans Airlift's 4th Annual Mardi Gras Ball, ushering in the Spring performance season in the Music Box Village.  Co-founders Jay Pennington and Delaney Martin will join us in our studio with details on upcoming events.

And, a Valentine's treat from Nell Nolan and Dennis Woltering.  The actress and society columnist will join the veteran newsman for a stage performance of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters.  Dennis Woltering joins us for a chat.

This week on Inside the Arts, mezzo-soprano Hilary Ginther is The Maid of Orléans in Tchaikovsky's Joan of Arc. This production by the New Orleans Opera Association marks the American premiere of the English translation of this work. Hilary Ginther joins us with Maestro Robert Lyall.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Marigny Opera Ballet continues its 6th season with legendary dancer/choreographer, Paul Taylor's 1962 masterpiece, Aureole. Plus, a world premiere by Gretchen Erickson: Dialogues in G Major. Artistic director Dave Hurlbert joins us for a chat.

Photo Courtesy: North American Tour of MISS SAIGON

This week on Inside the Arts, the Hancock-Whitney Broadway in New Orleans series continues its season as the legendary musical, MISS SAIGON, opens at the Saenger.  The new national tour of Cameron Mackintosh's revival of Boublil and Schönberg's epic love story, is set during the Vietnam War, and features Emily Bautista starring in the role of "Kim".  We catch up with her by phone.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Tony nominated Broadway musical, Something Rotten, opens at Le Petit Theatre. This original musical comedy, with a tip of the hat to the Bard, stars Matthew Michael Janisse and Richard Spitaletta. They join us with director Michael McKelvey.

Then, a creative re-imagining of abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, continues the NOLA Project's season with the regional premiere of Sigrid Gilmer's Harry and the Thief. It's part science fiction, historical drama and comedic farce. Director Khiry Armstead joins us with actress Samantha Beaulieu.

This week on Inside the Arts, Mark Cortale's Broadway at NOCCA series kicks off the New Year with Liz Callaway. The Broadway superstar and Tony nominee will perform with special guest Bryan Batt. Liz Callaway joins us by phone.

This week on Inside the Arts, as we say goodbye to 2019, in New Orleans krewes are gearing up for another season of revelry with an eye on 12th Night celebrations! The Phunny Phorty Phellows are preparing to usher in Carnival. Krewe captain Peggy Scott Laborde stops by for a chat about what this satirical group is planning for their 2020 St. Charles streetcar ride.

And, the Krewe of Joan of Arc is preparing to walk the French Quarter with a medieval-themed parade celebrating the saint's 12th Night birthday! Krewe co-captain Antoinette de Alteriis will join us in our studio.

This week on Inside the Arts, RAP Unzel, a children's play presented by the Radical Buffoons continues its run at Southern Rep. It's a feel good, empowering story of identity. This modern twist on an old fairy tale is set in New Orleans and features hip hop, music and dance. Artistic director Jon Greene and playwright Jeremy Rashad Brown will join us in our studio.

This week on Inside the Arts, A Christmas Story, The Musical opens!  It is the first Hancock Whitney Broadway in New Orleans show to play the Saenger Theatre since its reopening.  We talk with cast member Chris Swan, who plays The Old Man, in this holiday classic based on the 1983 film.

Photo courtesy: Le Petit Theatre

This week on Inside the Arts, ghosts return to a magical set this holiday season as Le Petit Theatre presents its production of Charles Dickens' Victorian classic, A Christmas Carol. Artistic Director Max Williams joins us with cast members Curtis Billings and Kate Kuen.

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