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

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.

Photo Credit: Scotty Hall

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.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with award winning NCIS: New Orleans actress CCH Pounder. Dozens of works from her private art collection are the subject of the exhibit, ICONS: Ideals of Black Masculinity, on view at Xavier University Art Gallery.

Then, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center is gearing up for its 6th Annual Commemorative Luncheon honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and César Chávez. Executive director Carol Bebelle joins us.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Marigny Opera Ballet continues its season with the premiere of three new works. Program 2 celebrates New Orleans' own Louis Moreau Gottschalk, plus two works, Querelle and Pierrot Lunaire, based on 20th century European masterpieces. Artistic director Dave Hurlbert joins us.

Then, the deadline nears for high school students interested in entering "Blue Dog" artist George Rodrigue's Foundation of the Arts visual art contest. We get the details from the foundation's executive director Jacques Rodrigue.

This week on Inside the Arts , the Phunny Phorty Phellows gear up for their 12th Night Streetcar ride announcing the start of the 2019 Mardi Gras season. Krewe Captain Peggy Scott Laborde joins us.

Then, the merriment continues with more 12th Night celebrations and a birthday party for the unofficial Maid of New Orleans. The Medieval Krewe of Joan of Arc prepares for its walk through the French Quarter. There are some changes this year. Parade founder Amy Kirk Duvoisin has the details.

This week on Inside the Arts, It's All About New Orleans, a Tricentennial blow-out with the Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre.  The one night only music and dance extravaganza celebrates jazz icons Ellis Marsalis, Germaine Bazzle and features a performance of Duke Ellington's New Orleans Suite.  Ellis Marsalis joins us in-studio.

This week on Inside the Arts, two-time Tony Award winning singer/actress Christine Ebersole known for her roles in Grey Gardens and 42nd Street is heading to New Orleans for the Broadway at NOCCA Series. She'll join composer Scott Frankel and host Seth Rudetsky in an intimate evening of stories and song. Christine Ebersole joins us by phone.

Then, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center gears up for a grand celebration, its 20th Anniversary! We talk with Ashé co-founder Carol Bebelle.