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

"Lend Me a Tenor"

Apr 24, 2012

Today I spoke with Lou Criscuolo, who is directing Lend Me a Tenor for Opera House Theatre Company.  The lead, John Keenan, who plays Tito Morelli (The World’s Greatest Tenor), also came on the air. 

Guardian ad Litem

Apr 18, 2012

I spoke with Lynne Fender, a volunteer Guardian ad Litem.  John Taggart, the president of the non-profit Cape Fear Guardian ad Litem Association was with us too.  The volunteers in the program serve as support for children going through the legal system so their interests are clearly represented. 

Today Nancy King from UNCW's Department of Music, and her student Whitney Lanier, came by to talk about their production of Jules Massenet’s opera Cinderella.  The interview also includes 3½ minutes of music at the end, featuring Whitney as Cinderella and Matt Talley as Prince Charming, accompanied by Patricia Ainspac. 

Photo by Beth Gwinn

Today I spoke with author Nancy Collins about her latest book, Left Hand Magic.  She’ll be our guest on Monday night at 7 with Ben Steelman of the Star-News for Prologue.

"Nunsense 2"

Apr 11, 2012

Today I talked with director Thom Clemmons and actress Sydney Nobles about Brunswick Little Theatre’s production of Nunsense 2: The Second Coming at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College. 

Today I talked with George Edwards from Historic Wilmington Foundation about the upcoming Azalea Festival Home Tour (Saturday 12:30 to 6, Sunday 1 to 4). 

Ticket to Taste

Apr 6, 2012

"Ticket to Taste" was an event to raise funds for the non-profit Interfaith Refugee Ministry, which is settling a large community of Burmese immigrants in Wilmington. Jamie Mills is the Executive Director. 

Azalea Garden Tour

Apr 5, 2012

Karen Smith talked about the 59th Annual Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour.  It’s next Friday though Sunday, 10-6 daily (except for Airlie Gardens, which is only participating on Saturday).  Eleven private and two public gardens are featured.

Today I talked with Tom Briggs, artistic director of Thalian Association Community Theatre.  They opened a play last week on the mainstage of Thalian Hall, a wacky musical called The Drowsy Chaperone.

Work on Wilmington

Apr 3, 2012

Michelle Parkin of PPD and Chris Scott of Lower Cape Fear Hospice both attended Leadership Wilmington, and through that, came to head up projects for Work on Wilmington.  Work on Wilmington is a half-day of service to New Hanover County’s non-profits, when over 1500 volunteers do special building or repairing or beautifying of the sites chosen. 

I spoke with David Hardin, Public Information Officer for Cape Fear Community College. David brought with him Frank Carter, chair of the Department of Humanities & Fine Arts.  There’s a ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Hanover Gallery at CFCC on Friday afternoon at 3PM. 

Pat Hairston and service dog Angel were my guests today on the Midday Interview. Their event, "Walk for Those Who Can't" will take place on Saturday, March 24th from 9AM to 12PM at Hugh MacRae Park.

Today I talked with Stephen Fields, Director of the Carolina Vocal Arts Ensemble.  Their March 24 concert is at Winter Park Baptist Church and is called Something Wonderful: The Musical Genius of Rodgers and Hammerstein. 

 The show is on Saturday night at 8 in Kenan Auditorium.

I talked with Elaine Cooper, who along with Marla Rice-Evans, is coordinating and participating in the next art show in the MC Erny Gallery.  It’s all pelicans all the time!

Sandra Moulin, author of Before and Laughter, will be our guest for Prologue Monday evening at 7 here on the MC Erny Gallery.

George Scheibner talked to jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, who will be in town with his brother Albert "Tootie" Heath, performing a Homecoming Concert Saturday night at 7:30 at Thalian Hall.

Today I talked with New Hanover County Public Library Assistant Director Paige Owens.  She gave an update on the famous George the Library Duck saga and she told us all about the Million Dollar Book Sale, March 16-21 at the Northeast Library.  More info:  nhclibrary.org

Ed Wagenseller came in to talk with me about his production of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation for UNCW Theatre.

Daphne Holmes, Curator of Public Programs at the Cameron Art Museum, and Larry Croom, historian and re-enactor, tell us about this special event which takes place Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 9 to 2 on the grounds of the museum, the site of the Battle of Forks Road in February 1865.

Today I spoke with Linda Lytvinenko & Rachel LaCoe of Cape Fear Literacy, all about their upcoming fundraiser, the Casablanca Gala on March 3.  

George Scheibner talked with Alvin Atkinson of Jazz at Lincoln Center.  He is in town doing a residency at UNCW.  He’ll be part of a concert Saturday night at 7:00 at Kenan Auditorium called "Discovering the Groove in Jazz and You."

Dan Brawley of Cucalorus Film Festival talked with Jemila about “An Evening at the Oscars,” a fundraising party Sunday night from 7:30 to midnight at Brooklyn Arts Center. 

Today I spoke with all three of the artists – Morgan Kenney, Lynn Casper, and Dorian Hill – who are currently exhibiting their work in the MC Erny Gallery here at WHQR.  The exhibit is called Out of the Pocket: iPhonography. Fourth Friday Galley Night is next Friday from 6 to 9.

Yesterday, I spoke with Cheryl and Dorian about the association's juried Spring Show, which happens each year during the Azalea Festival.  The deadline for submittals is March 5.  The show is April 13, 14, and 15.  

Today we talk to Director Mike O’Neil and actress Barbara Weetman about David Mamet’s play Boston Marriage, set in New England in 1910.

Dr. Rick Olsen will moderate a panel next Tuesday night from 7 to 9 at Kenan Hall called Romancing the Brain.  Six different professors from the College of Arts and Sciences will each talk about how their discipline studies the brain.  A discussion and Q & A will follow.

Jemila sat down today to speak with Lou Criscuolo, Artistic Director of Opera House Theatre Company.  Lou is directing Mel Brooks’ hilarious musical The Producers.

Jemila talked with Steven Errante about his 25th anniversary of conducting the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. 

Jemila talks with Celia Rivenbark about her latest book, You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl.  She’s our guest for Prologue on Monday night!

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