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

Jemila spoke with Susan Fennell, Executive Director of the local YWCA  and Penny Spicer-Sidbury, Chair of the YWCA Lower Cape Fear Stand Against Racism and Continnental Gala. The event will be held on May 3rd. Full information is available online here. 

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Amy Feath of Carousel Center and local singer/actress Kendra Goehring-Garrett tell us all about Gala 2014: Making Legends Local, a benefit for the center happening Saturday, April 26 at Thalian Hall. 

Info: carouselcenter.org

 

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Artist and educator Bob Rankin, the judge of Wilmington Art Association’s 32nd Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale, was my guest.  The show runs Friday and Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 4 at the Hannah Block Historic USO.  WilmingtonArt.org

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Rebecca Philpott and Susan Taylor Block tell us all about the Cape Fear Garden Club’s 2014 Azalea Garden Tour. Tickets and information at CapeFearGardenClub.org  

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Ed Wagenseller is directing the absurdist play Ubu Rex for UNCW Department of Theatre.  It opens tonight and runs for two weekends: Thursday-Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2 on the Mainstage of the Cultural Arts Building.  Tickets available through the Kenan Box Office: 962-3500.

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 Jude Eden and Peggy Pancoe Rosoff stopped by to speak with us about the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival being held this Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at Thalian Hall.  Full details available on their Facebook Page.

 

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Anne Clinard Barnhill has written several books; her latest is Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter. She will be at Old Books on Front Street on Sunday afternoon at 3:00, dressed in Tudor clothing, to read from and sign copies of her book. Listen to the interview with WHQR's Jemila Ericson. 

  Charlon Turner of the Black Arts Alliance spoke to us about The 13th Annual North Carolina Black Film Festival.

The festival runs March 13th-16th in Wilmington. For a full schedule and for more information visit this wesbsite. 

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Kevin Lee-Y Green is the founder and artistic director of Techmoja Theatre and Dance Company.  He is directing and choreographing the show For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.  The three performances are Friday and Saturday at 8, and Sunday at 3 at the Red Barn Studio Theatre, 1122 South Third. 

Tickets are $15, available by calling 910-341-7860.

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Tom Lamont of Wilmington Family YMCA gave us an overview of some great events the Y is sponsoring in the community in March.

Info: wilmingtonfamilyymca.org

John Maxwell is a storyteller, actor and playwright who lives in Jackson, Mississippi.  He is in town to perform his one-man show (one of many he has created) about the apostle Peter.  It’s titled Fish Tale, The Story of Peter.  The free show was at 7:00 Friday at St. James Episcopal Church in the Lee Parish Hall at 4th and Dock. 

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Today I talked with Dan Brawley, Director of the Cucalorus Film Foundation and Cucalorus Film Festival.  They have a fundraiser coming up Sunday night from 7:30 to midnight at EUE Screen Gems called An Evening on the Red Carpet.  Tickets available at Cucalorus.org

 

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UNCW’s Department of Music presents Brahm’s German Requiem on Sunday afternoon at 4 at Beckwith Recital Hall.  Joe Hickman conducts the UNCW Combined Choirs, pianists Elizabeth Loparits and Bettsy Curtis, soprano Nancy King and baritone John Callison. 

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Rick Olsen (Dr. Richard Olsen) is Chair of the Department of Communications Studies at UNCW.  He tells us all about the faculty symposium It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere – UNCW Faculty Discuss the Lighter & Darker Sides of Alcohol.  Monday, February 24 from 7 to 9 pm, Morton Hall Room 100, UNCW.

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Beverly Andrews is the Concert Master for Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. She is also Chair of the fundraising committee for the Thursday Morning Music Club. Each year, that group offers two $500 scholarships to young musicians to further their studies. The application deadline is this Sunday, February 23. 

Juniors and seniors in high school in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties may apply by contacting Beverly directly: Beverlyhandrews@gmail.com

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Director Ray Kennedy and actress Kendra Goehring-Garrett visited with Jemila to talk about the upcoming presentation of Evita, the opening production for the 2014 season from Opera House Theatre Company.

Full schedule and details available here.
 

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Jemila spoke with Leigh Johnson about Wilmington’s 2nd annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, coming up Saturday, March 1.  Details and registration: Komennctc.org

 

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Today I talked with director Nick Smith and actress Susan Auten about Big Dawg Productions’ staging of Romantic Comedy by Bernard Slade.  It opens Thursday and runs for three weeks – Thursday through Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3.  Full Information: BigDawgProductions.org

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Author Wiley Cash will be WHQR's guest on March 17th for a Prologue Book Talk.  He talks about his experiences as a writer, and about his second novel which was just released a week ago – This Dark Road to Mercy.
 

More information about Wiley Cash and his writing available at WileyCash.com

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Singer, choir director, educator, and guest artist Marva Robinson tells us about a special concert by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra this Saturday at 8 at Kenan Auditorium.  The Williston Alumni Community Choir and the Student Concerto Competition Winners join the symphony for A Change is Gonna Come, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act (in July 1964 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson). 

Dr. Leslie Hossfeld is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Feast Down East.  The 4th Annual Feast Down East Conference is Thursday from 8am to 4pm at UNCW’s Burney Center. 

Details: feastdowneast.org

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Paul Teal plays Huck Finn and Khawon Porter plays Jim in the Tony Award-winning musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, being presented by Thalian Association Community Theatre.  It opens Thursday night and runs for two weekends on the mainstage of Thalian Hall.  Shows are Thursday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3.  For tickets, call 910-632-2285.  

Note: The Opening Night Performance for Thursday, Jan 30th, has been cancelled due to dangerous road conditions. 

 

 

Joyce Edwards and Marianna Stacy are co-chairs for the annual Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival, taking place this year from January 31 - February 2 (this Friday through Sunday) at the Coastline Event Center, 503 Nutt Street.  

Proceeds are used to address the unmet needs of senior citizens in our community.  Details at WilmingtonWineAndChocolateFestival.com

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My guests were John Staton, Features Editor for the Star News, and Jeff Phillips, star of many Opera House Theatre Company shows.  They told us all about tonight’s Third Annual Star News Media Theatre Awards.

Red carpet arrivals at Thalian Hall start at 7; the show begins at 8 – with Jeff as emcee of a full production that includes sets, lights, costumes, and an orchestra led by Lorene Walsh.  

Tickets are $15, available at ThalianHall.com or from the box office at 632-2285.

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Documentary filmmaker and producer Paula Haller describes all the great films that will be part of DocuTime 2014 this Saturday from 10 to 7 at UNCW’s King Hall Auditorium. 

Visit this website for full details!

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Diane Hause and Shannon Bourne talk about their processes as artists and about their show at WHQR called "Interconnections".  The show is in the MC Erny Gallery until February 7.  

They invite you to come meet them and view their work during the Fourth Friday Reception from 6 to 9 on Friday, January 24th.

 

 

Jemila interviewed Michael Goins and Bill Morrison about New Hanover County Beekeepers and the bee keeping hobby in general. Listen to this lively interview on one of the hot ecological topics today. 

Interested in learning more? Contact the NHC Beekeepers by using the following email address: honeybee@coastalnet.com

 

 

Carol Pendergrast was very close to her Norwegian grandmother, who had come to the U.S. alone from Norway at age 19 to live in Chicago where she had older brothers. Carol has written and will perform a one-woman show called From Norway to America with Love on Friday, January 24 at 7:00 at Old Books on Front Street, 249 N. Front.  The show is about 45 minutes long, followed by Q & A and refreshments. 

 

Hollis Briggs is the Event Chair for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Wilmington.  Events began this past Monday and continue through this coming Monday, which is the official holiday.  

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Jemila spoke with Playwright John Grudzien and actor/director Steve Vernon talk about Pole Vaulting Over Skyscrapers – Five New Plays. The five original short plays will premier tonight, January 16, 8pm at the Cape Fear Playhouse.

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