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, Christmas Dances ring in the Holiday season for the Marigny Opera Ballet.  We travel to Brazil as the contemporary ballet company returns Diogo de Lima's, Aguas de Dezembro, to the stage.  Plus, there's a dance exploration of the shape note in the premiere of Sacred Harp. Artistic director Dave Hurlbert joins us with award winning choreographer Kellis McSparrin Oldenberg.

This week on Inside the Arts, a heads up for opera lovers and history buffs. Panel discussions, presentations and a commemorative concert will mark next week's 100th Anniversary of the loss, by fire, of the city's iconic French Opera House. And, 2020 signals 50 years of OPERA America, the national service organization for opera. Robert Lyall, general and artistic director of the New Orleans Opera will join us in our studio.

This week on Inside the Arts, physically daring, gravity defying dancers will stretch your imagination as the New Orleans Ballet Association presents Pilobolus in the Louisiana premiere of Shadowland: The New Adventure. Pilobolus co-artistic director Renée Jaworski joins us by phone.

Then, conversation with jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson. WWNO's Fred Kasten catches up with the multi-Grammy nominee who is gearing up for concert performances this week in New Orleans.

This week on Inside the Arts, Voices in the Dark Repertory Theatre Company presents Paul Lucas' award-winning play Trans Scripts, Part 1: The Women. Poignant stories gathered in interviews with members of LGBTQ communities from around the world shed light on the experience of transitioning gender. Director Tommye Myrick joins us with cast members Milan Sherry and Teryl Lynn Foxx.

This week on Inside the Arts, jazz vocalist Zardis is back! The grandniece of famed New Orleans bassist Chester Zardis returns to the New Orleans Jazz Market with Pairings, an intimate evening of song. Zardis joins us in our studio.

And, New Orleans Airlift, the artist-run organization behind the Music Box Village, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! A grand celebration kicks off this weekend at the Contemporary Arts Center. Airlift co-founders Delaney Martin and Jay Pennington stop by for a chat.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off this weekend in Heritage Park.  The Northshore festival is celebrating a 5-year milestone!  We talk with spokeswoman Robin Marquez by phone.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans [MASNO] welcomes back one of its own, world-renowned American pianist Kenny Broberg. WWNO's Fred Kasten talks with the distinguished multi-competition medalist who will perform at MASNO's Nocturne XVII Gala.

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This week on Inside the Arts, veteran New Orleans actor Bob Edes, Jr. is the Commander-in-Chief in Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet's political farce, November. The Oval Office satire depicting bad behavior in high places returns to Kenner's Rivertown Theaters. Director Sean Patterson stops by for a chat.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Ballet Association, NOBA, opens its 50th Anniversary season with the globally renowned Trinity Irish Dance Company. Founding artistic director Mark Howard joins us by phone.

And, a red-carpet adventure awaits you as the Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival gears up for a milestone celebration...its 30th Anniversary. New Orleans Film Society executive director Fallon Young takes us to the movies.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the beauty and magic of the American Southwest desert comes to life, in a new exhibition of large-scale oil paintings by Belinda Flores-Shinshillas.  She joins us in our studio.

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