Gina Gambony

Host/Producer of Communique, Outreach, & Pinch-Hitter

Gina Gambony hosts and produces Communique, WHQR's weekday interview segment. Communique can be heard weekdays on 91.3 at 8:50am & 4:44pm and on 92.7 at Noon. Gina has been a member of WHQR since 1998 and began hosting Classical Music, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered  for the station in 2013.

Gina earned her B.A. with Honors in Philosophy & Religion after studying at University of North Carolina Wilmington and completing a year of advanced study at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Philosophy Institute (Belgium). She is also a certified English and Social Studies teacher for secondary students. Prior to working at WHQR, Gina spent her time primarily in the non-profit realm, including Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts (Director of Education & Outreach), UNCW Office of Cultural Arts (Director of House/Audience Services), Corvallis Arts Council (Teaching Artist & Arts Integration Specialist), and Dreams of Wilmington (Teaching Artist). She also taught for Cape Fear Community College, plus English and Drama in local middle schools. In 2010, she brought the first large-scale puppet festival to Wilmington as the Director of the Port City Puppet Festival, which earned the designation as the #1 Arts Event in 2010 by Wilmington Star News. Gina is a co-director and founder of Wilmington's first theatre company for people with developmental disabilities: Theatre for All! 

Gina has used her voice for commercials, cartoons, storytelling, puppetry, and theatrical productions since childhood. She's delighted to use the skills and experience acquired through her work in public service and the arts to be a part of the WHQR team. She won 2nd place in KCRW Santa Monica's International 24-Hour Radio Race in 2016 in her independent audio enterprise. You can listen to her winning piece here

Ways to Connect

Aquarius Falling

Aug 17, 2012

Author Mike Tucker: his thriller Aquarius Falling.

Amanda Greene, Wilmington Faith and Values: Walking Tour.


Star Sosa of Spectrum Art & Jewelry: 15 years of her small business and its involvement with the community.

Full Discolsure: Spectrum Art and Jewlery is a WHQR Underwriter.

Art for All

Aug 14, 2012

Rich Leder, Executive Director of Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews:  Art for All.

Marina De Ratmiroff, professor in UNCW’s Music Department, told us about some of the fall concerts coming up, almost all of which cost only $5 or are free. Details can be found at  UNCW.edu/music

Madafo Lloyd Wilson and Roger Davis are bringing Jazz to the Arts District every other Friday night, including this Friday from 8 to 11pm.  They perform at S.W.A.C. Lounge at the corner of North 4th and Brunswick.  For more information, go to  Madafo.com

I spoke with Melissa Franklin, a 20-year old high-functioning autistic woman.  She has been approved to get a service dog from Autism Service Dogs of America, and is currently raising funds to pay for her dog.  She needs $6,500… and has about $3000 in hand.  A series of fundraisers are planned, including one tomorrow from 4 to 8 pm at BrrrBerry’s Ice Cream in Mayfaire (next to the Harris Teeter).

Hello, Dolly!

Jul 31, 2012

My guests today were director/choreographer Ray Kennedy, and actor/singer/dancers Dylan Fowler and Mary Stewart Evans.  Opera House Theatre Company opens Hello, Dolly!  Tomorrow night on the mainstage of Thalian Hall.  The musical runs Wed-Sat @ 8, Sun @ 3.  It runs for 2 weekends after that, Fri & Sat @ 8, Sun at 3. 

Tix: Thalian Hall Box Office, 632-2285 or WilmingtonTickets.com

More info: OperaHouseTheatreCompany.net

The Dance Element presents an original adaptation of E.B. White’s classic story Charlotte’s Web.  Director/choreographer Ashley Barnes and composer Brian “Juice” Raynor joined us today to chat about it.

Praying for Strangers

Jul 19, 2012

River Jordan, author of Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit.  She’ll be at Pomegranate Books tonight at 7:00.  For more information about this book and her many other books, just go to PrayingForStrangers.com

Master Class

Jul 13, 2012

Gloria Crist stars as Maria Callas in Terrance McNally’s award-winning play Master Class.  Gloria will give 3 performances – Friday, July 20 at 7:30 (followed by a black-tie gala, tickets $75)…Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 (tickets $20).  All performances are at the new Fine Arts Building of Cape Fear Academy, 3600 S. College Road.  For more information or to buy tickets, go to thalian.org or call 910-251-1788.

Giulia Goes to War

Jul 13, 2012

Joan Leotta, author of Giulia Goes to War, set in Wilmington in 1942.  The USO is prominently featured in the book, and Hannah Block is mentioned.  Available as an e-book through Desert Breeze Publishing. Joan's personal website can be found here.

Kevin Lee-Y Green of Techmoja Dance & Theatre Company is holding auditions for the musical The Color Purple.  Auditions are Saturday from noon to 4 at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 2nd and Orange in Wilmington.  The show runs 2 performances only at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in October.  For details, call Kevin at 233-7343.

TheatreNOW

Jul 10, 2012

Today I spoke with Alisa Harris about the grand opening of TheatreNOW at the corner of 10th and Dock on Friday, July 20.

Amy Feath, Crisis Intervention Services Director for Rape Crisis Center, talks about all the services available, and about an event coming up in September that is recruiting participants.  It’s called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: A Men’s March Against Rape and Gender Violence.”   More info: afeath@coastalhorizons.org

Our guests today are Steve Spain of Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network and fashion designer Lucille Bruno.  Lucille and friends are creating the Cape Fear Community Photo Shoot on Sunday from 5 to 9 at The Brik House, 208 Market Street.  Amateur and upcoming professional photographers can come and shoot pictures of a fashion show staffed by professional models, set designers, lighting designers, hair & makeup artists, and mentoring pro photographers.  There will also be a full bar, dancing, a silent auction, and the garments and accessories modeled will be available for purchase.

A Chorus Line

Jul 3, 2012

Carson Rudisill Capps plays Cassie in A Chorus Line, the latest musical presented by Opera House Theatre Company.  The show opens tomorrow night at 8, running Wed-Sat at 8 and Sun at 3 on the mainstage of Thalian Hall.  Two more weekends follow with shows on Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 3.  Tickets: 632-2285.

Kelly House Fundraiser

Jun 26, 2012

 

Guests: Mary Kelly & Katherine Crowley

Mary Kelly is the founder of Kelly House, which provides housing & counseling & recovery to women who have children and are struggling with alcohol and/or substance abuse.  A fundraiser is coming up Friday at 6pm at Northeast Regional Library.  Guest speaker will be author, educator and consultant Katherine Crowley, presenting the topic Take This Job and Love It.  Tickets are $25, available at the door, or by calling 910-859-0990.  

Cameron Arts Museum's Executive Director Ann Brennan and Director of Development Bo Dean, talked about what the Cameron offers and how it is supported. A spectacular gala celebration of Cameron Art Museum's 50 years is coming up in September. Tickets are on sale now. Cameronartmuseum.com

Journey Stories

Jun 20, 2012

 

Mike Taylor, Pender County Library Director, talks about Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit.  It opens Saturday at the Pender County Library at 103 S. Cowan Street in Burgaw.  There are many events over the next month.  For details, call 910-259-1234  or  visit pendercountync.gov/library

Erin Whittle

Tracey Varga of Forward Motion Dance Company talks about performances coming up June 28-30 at 8 PM at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. Tracey founded the company in 2001 and is the principal choreographer and one of the core company dancers.

Lois Carol Wheatley tells us about her book, Images of America: Carolina Beach.  She will be at Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market tomorrow from 8 to 1, selling and signing books.

Julie Smith and Heather Bobeck are rising seniors in Vocal Performance at UNCW.  They are giving two concerts together:  Saturday, June 16 at 7:30pm at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk…and Saturday, June 23 at 7:30pm at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church.  They will gratefully receive donations at the door to further their studies.  Both young sopranos are dreaming of a career in opera.

 

Bloomsday 2012

Jun 13, 2012

Gwenyfar Rohler of Old Books on Front Street, spoke with me about Bloomsday, a celebration on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 (or so), in honor of James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses.  A staged reading of the play within the book is being presented.    OldBooksOnFrontSt.com

My guests were Ben and Amy Wright, parents of four children, two of whom have Down Syndrome.  Amy has written a song to be used by the campaign Spread the Word to End the Word, which encourages people to stop using the words "retard" or "retarded," and speak of intellectual disability instead. 

Yesterday, I spoke with Joshua Heinberg of Down East Connect and James Algee of The Daily Special. They will be at Porters Neck Yoga Saturday from 11 to 1 and at Leland House of Wine and Cheese from 4 to 6, sharing information about the online Farmers Fresh Market and samples of dishes made from the market's products, distributed from James' food truck, The Daily Special. You can find out more about Down East Connect at their website, and view the menu and schedule for The Daily Special here.

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Philip Gerard talks about The Patron Saint of Dreams, a book of true essays which just won the National Gold Medal for non-fiction essays in the Independent Publisher Awards in NYC.  He’ll be our guest for Prologue Monday night at 7 here in the MC Erny Gallery.

I spoke with Ray Kennedy and Erin Sullivan from Opera House Theatre Company about Legally Blonde: The Musical.  Ray is directing and choreographing with co-director/choreographer Jason Aycock.  Erin Sullivan stars as Elle Woods. 

Margaret Miles, Youth Services Librarian for New Hanover County Public Library, talked about all the cool summer programs starting this month in all the libraries.  For more info, check out  NHCLibrary.org

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