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, 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.

‘Tis the season when some of the festively decorated private homes in the city’s Garden District are open to the public. The  Preservation Resource Center is hosting its 43rd annual Holiday Home Tour.  We talk with PRC executive director Danielle Del Sol.  

This week on Inside the Arts, Handel's Messiah is back.   The Symphony Chorus of New Orleans teams up with the Chalmette High School Voices Chorale for two performances of the popular baroque oratorio.  We talk with Symphony Chorus music director Steven Edwards and soprano Annelise Cassar.

Then, a new Holiday musical, Mandatory Merriment created by Leslie Castay and Ian Hoch debuts at Southern Rep Theatre. The fortitude of strangers stranded just before the Holidays in a French Quarter bar is tested in this comic romp.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Cara McCool Woolfe, executive director of MASNO, the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. The critically acclaimed piano duo, Anderson & Roe will highlight MASNO's Nocturne XVI Gala, Sunday, December 2nd.

This week on Inside the Arts, Kermit Ruffins' Kickoff to Christmas concert rings in the holiday season as French Quarter Festivals, Inc., launches its 34th Annual Christmas New Orleans Style celebration.

Then, in commemoration of World AIDS Day the Storyville Collective with Crescent Care present a benefit reading of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.

This week on Inside the Arts, as the city's tricentennial year winds down, a 3-day conference explores improvisation and its influence across the arts. It's called Improvisation: New Orleans Gift to the Modern World. Conference organizer, author and philanthropist Randy Fertel joins us.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Arts District New Orleans executive director Marcela Correa. She is the curator of the exhibit Hispanic Women Making Art: Creative Empowerment & Identity presented by the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans and the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation.   The mixed media group installation explores gender inequality.  There is a gallery walk-thru tonight 11/16 at 5:30 at 901 Convention Center Blvd., suite 118.  The entrance is through Andrew Higgins Street. The exhibit is on view thru November 24th.

Photo Credit: David Hoover

This week on Inside the Arts the theater community is abuzz with not one, but two plays that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama by rising playwright and MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Theatre UNO continues its run of GLORIA. Office politics come under the microscope in this workplace comedy that takes a toxic turn. Director David Hoover joins us with cast members Danielle James and Rachel Morris.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Los Angeles based comedy songwriter Bill Berry.  His award-winning one man musical, Rose Petals and Ashes, is being performed at the 3rd annual Infringe Fest New Orleans.  It opens tonight, with additional performances on Friday, November 9th and Sunday, November 11th at The Garret above Shaolin-Do, 4210 St. Claude Avenue.

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This week on Inside the Arts, Rameau's Pygmalion continues the season for the New Orleans Opera Association. Art comes to life in this French Baroque opera. Artistic director Robert Lyall joins us for a chat.

Then, Big Easy Award-winning Mélange Dance Company premieres its newest production, La Résistance. It is a tribute to grassroots movements that have brought about change in this country. We'll hear from executive director Alexa Lambert and artistic director Monica Ordoñez.