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

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

Today we talk with Steve Vernon, who’s directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cherri McKay, who’s directing Shades of Shakespeare for the Shakespeare Youth Company (part of Shakespeare on the Green).

Wilmington FAVs

May 29, 2012

Amanda Greene talks with Bob Workmon about her Faith and Values series.

Penny Ames and Elizabeth Singletary talked about their show Outside, which opens tomorrow night at WHQR. More info can be found on our gallery page.

Sally Howe from Thalian Association Community Theatre told us about this weekend’s Orange Street Arts Fest, Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 5.

20 Years of Acme Art

May 22, 2012

 

Today I spoke with Dick Roberts and Pam Toll about 20 years of Acme Art on North Fifth.  There is an opening reception Friday from 6-9 pm for the retrospective show called Home, which features the work of many of the 130 artists associated with Acme over the years.  For more information, see their website.

"I Am My Own Wife"

May 18, 2012

 Rylan stars in and Trey directs I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, a Pulitzer and Tony Award winning one-man show about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf.  Charlotte began life as a male, but lived as a female in the time of Nazi Germany and the later Communist takeover of East Germany. 

I talked with author Sheila Webster Boneham, PhD, about her 17 books on animal care and animal rescue.  She is working on her second book in her mystery series, the first of which is called Drop Dead on Recall which will be published in October. 

Tom Briggs came in to talk with us today about directing La Cage aux Folles for Thalian Association Community Theatre.  The performances will be Thursday-Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 3PM for two weekends on Thalian's Main Stage.

What is Justice?

May 11, 2012

Today I talked with William Taylor about his 47 years with Scotland Yard and Interpol.  He’s giving a talk tonight at 7 at St. James Episcopal Church (in the Great Hall).  The talk is called “What is Justice?” and will address how to define fairness in a multicultural world.  The lecture is free and open to the public; a reception follows.

I talked to Dorothy Hodder, Public Services Librarian, and Scooter Hayes, Children’s Librarian, both with New Hanover County Public Library.  On Saturday from 10 am to 1:30 pm at Northeast Regional Library, there’s a great program called Story Extravaganza.  There will be storytellers, theatre groups, dancers, magicians, musicians, a ventriloquist, and kid hip hop!  Mr. Scooter will emcee.

Jazz at the Mansion

May 10, 2012

Pat Marriott talks with Gareth Evans about Bellamy Mansion’s Jazz at the Mansion series.

Concert pianist Giorgi Latsabidze loves to share classical music, jazz, and rhythm and blues with diverse audiences of all races, ages and orientations – no limits!  He was born and raised in the Republic of Georgia, and has a doctorate in music from the University of Southern California.  He is briefly in Wilmington with his agent, Wayne Adams, to perform at Costello’s Piano Bar at 211 Princess Street.  At 5 pm, it will be a classical program of Chopin, Ravel, Mozart and others.  This evening, he’ll play two different sets in a jazzy vein at 9 pm and 10:15 pm.

Today I talked with Madeline Flagler of the Wrightsville Beach Museum, Gareth Evans of Preservation North Carolina and The Bellamy Mansion Museum, and Ted Wilgis of North Carolina Coastal Federation. 

Today I spoke with playwright Owen Dunne (left) and director Steve Bakunas (right).  Owen’s play Positions is currently at the Red Barn Studio Theatre and runs at 8PM Wednesday-Saturday this week, and Wednesday-Friday next week. 

I talked with Pat Holleman, potter, president, and original member of the Port City Pottery and Fine Crafts cooperative; also Iris Simmons, art quilter and original member.  The artists are celebrating their 5th anniversary at The Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington with refreshments all day Friday, then a party with wine, snacks, and hourly drawings for artwork, tomorrow from 5 to 9 pm. 

Fly Trap Frolic

Apr 25, 2012

Today I talked with Diana Corbett of North Carolina Coastal Land Trust and Dr. Phil Garwood (Dr. Rocks) of CFCC. We discussed Fly Trap Frolic, a free family event Saturday from 9AM to noon at the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden behind Alderman Elementary School on Independence Blvd.

"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. 

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