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

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  Wilmington Art Association presents The Budding and Blooming Art Show at Mayfaire Town Center on the Green, Saturday, June 28, from 10 to 4. Forty young “budding” artists will display and sell their work alongside twenty adult “blooming” artists. There will be young musicians performing too, plus Big Al Hall and his group. My guests were visual artists Dorian Hill and Wiio Meinheit and musician Caroline Lemley. 

Details at WilmingtonArt.org

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Barbara Raab is co-founder and president of Monty’s Home, a non-profit based in Burgaw that rescues and adopts out animals.  Its Pawsitive Partners Prison Program takes dogs from the Pender County Animal Shelter who are about to be euthanized and pairs them up with prisoners in Pender and New Hanover County correctional institutions.  The men and dogs go through an 8-week training program together, after which the dogs are adopted by families, and the prisoners have a new set of skills. 

More info online at Montyshome.org

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Tom Smicklas is a clarinetist, saxophonist and conductor.  He is directing the Summer Concert Series for the Brunswick Concert Band.  It is presenting a week of patriotic concerts, June 27th through July 3rd at various venues in Brunswick County.  Tom is also involved in the creation of the new Wilmington Symphonic Winds. 

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Cape Fear Literacy Council has a new Executive Director.  Linda Lytvinenko is moving away, so she brought the new director, Susan Pomeroy, to our studios to introduce her to our audience and talk about future plans.  Details at CFLiteracy.org

[In the photo, Susan is the one with the dark tan, even tho’ she just moved here from NY!]

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The Cameron Art Museum offers great summer workshops, classes and camps for youth and adults.  Donna Moore (The Museum School Director) and Georgia Mastroieni (Director of Youth and Family Education) give us the rundown.  

Details available at CameronArtMuseum.org or 910-395-5999.

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Jimmy Pierce is the founder and director of Kids Making It (KMI), a wonderful non-profit that gives at-risk youth a place to learn woodworking skills and then sell their products to the public.  

The Third Annual Hippie Ball, held this Friday, 7PM at the Brooklyn Arts Center, is a fundraiser for KMI.  “Dust off your flower-power clothes and let your freak flag fly!” 

Details and tickets: KidsMakingIt.org or 910-763-6001, ext. 108

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The premiere of Opera Wilmington is coming up with a fully-staged production of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow. Artistic Director Nancy King and Executive Director Wendy Fingerhut talk about how this long-held dream of a local opera company is coming to pass. 

Performances are July 25 and 26 at 8pm, plus July 27 at 3pm – in UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building, Mainstage. 

Details at Opera-Wilmington.org.  Tickets available through Etix and the Kenan Box Office.

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My guests today were Joy Dupree Gregory, founder and artistic director of True 2 U Productions, and Tracy Byrd, the director and choreographer of the company’s latest show --  Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Lieber and Stoller.

The show runs Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 – this weekend and next – at the Scottish Rite Theater, 1415 S. 17th Street.  Tickets / info: 910-515-3327 

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Monday, June 16th is Bloomsday, on which James Joyce fans around the world celebrate the book Ulysses and its protagonist Leopold Bloom.  At Old Books on Front Street at 7pm, a portion of the play-within-the-book will be performed by marionettes!  Jazz pianist/composer James Jarvis has written music for the show; Gina Gambony and Christy Grantham will work the marionettes created by Nina and Bryan Cournoyer.  Bookstore owner Gwenyfar Rohler and musician James Jarvis tell us all about it. 

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Financial behaviorist Syble Solomon gives a talk called DeMystifying Credit -- tonight at 6:00 at the Northeast Library.  She has created The Good Credit Game, a colorful board game crammed full of surprising information on credit.  For more information, you can call the library at 910-798-6306.  To learn more about Syble, go to MoneyHabitudes.com

Note: the website she recommends in the interview is AnnualCreditReport.com

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Joanna Cole, author of the The Magic School Bus series, will be at The Coastal Education Center next to Wrightsville Beach Museum on Saturday from 4 to 6. NC Coastal Federation is hosting a book reading and signing event with her to celebrate her latest book, The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge.

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My guests were director Michelle Reiff and performer Rachel Walter. Thalian Association Children’s Theatre presents its last show of the season – TACT Radio: Hits Through the Ages, two hours of music from the 50s through today.  With performances by youth aged 8-18, the two-hour show is directed by Michelle Reiff, with musical direction by Jonathan Barber. 

The show runs this weekend only: Thursday and Friday at 7, Saturday at 3 and 7, and Sunday at 3 at the Hannah Block Historic USO.  Tickets are available there. 

Guest host Gina Gambony spoke with actors Randy Davis and Vanessa Welch who play a married couple in Dearly Departed for Big Dawg Productions.  (They’re married in real life too!)T

The show runs through June 22nd. More information on the show at bigdawgproductions.org 

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Opera House Theatre Company presents The Wizard of Oz.  This stage version was created by the Royal Shakespeare Company and follows the classic 1939 film almost exactly, but making all those cinematic special effects work on stage is a challenge!  Director Suellen Yates and actor Tony Rivenbark (who plays Professor Marvel and The Wizard) tell us about this huge undertaking. 

The show opens June 4th and runs through June 22nd.  Tickets available at ThalianHall.org or 910-632-2285.

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On Thursday, I talked with Chris Farley about the Port City Music Festival coming up June 8 – 15 at various venues around town.

Details: Portcitymusicfestival.org

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Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette and filmmaker Sol Weiner invited us to a free screening of Swine Country: The Fight for Clean Air and Water in Duplin County, NC on 5/28/14 at UNCW’s King Hall Auditorium.  A discussion with environmental experts and activists followed the film. 

For more information, visit CapeFearRiverwatch.org

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Thalian Association Community Theatre presents Chrisopher Durang’s award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Red Barn Studio Theatre.  Director Nicole Farmer and actor Jacob Keohane tell us about this hilarious takeoff on Chekhov. 

The show runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 [note the early curtain time!] and Sundays at 3, starting this week and ending June 21.  For tickets and more information: thalian.org

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Cape Fear Theatre Arts at City Stage presents the punk rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.  Director Shane Fernando and lead actor Paul Teal explain how a fascinating 19th century story collides with “emo”…and it works!  

Details/tickets: citystagenc.tix.com or 910-264-2602

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Cherri McKay and Robb Mann told us all about Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green, opening the Shakespeare Youth Company’s adaptation of As You Like It (directed by Cherri) Friday, May 23rd at Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre.  The adult troupe opens Comedy of Errors (directed by Robb) on June 6. 

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Molly Murphy and Anna Lee of Working Films describe the film series called Moral Movies.  Inspired by the Moral Mondays protests, the series explores social issues.  The next film is Thursday, May 24 at 7pm at Hannah Block Historic USO.  It’s titled American Winter.  It’s free, and a discussion will follow. 

For details about this film and the films in June and July, go to WorkingFilms.org or visit Working Films on facebook.

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Paula Brinkman and Carol Beaven came into the studio to speak with us about Wilmington Choral Society’s concert Viva Vivaldi. Listen to the interview for details on the show!

The show will be presented on Sunday, May 18th, 4PM at UNCW's Kenan Auditorium.

More details are available online here.

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John Devaney (Executive Director) and Barb Biehner (President of the Board) from Cape Fear Clinic told us about the work the clinic does every day.  There is a Behind the Scenes fundraising breakfast on Tuesday, May 20th from 7:30 to 9:00 at The City Club at DeRossett House. 

The breakfast is free, but registration is needed so enough food will be ready.  Donations will be received, and there will be a Silent Auction to raise funds. 

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Richard Williams told us about The Lyra Vocal Ensemble of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Four singers from that a cappella group will be at Church of the Servant Episcopal on Sunday, May 18th at 7:30pm.  They will sing music from the Russian Orthodox Church and Russian folk music.  It’s not a worship service, but a concert, so all are invited! 

Tickets are $10 at the door, or in advance from the church.  Cosepiscopal.ecdio.org

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Ronnie Wise, Music Director of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, is reviving the popular Wilmington Boys Choir.  It is open to boys age 7 through voice change.  Two Open Houses for interested boys and their families are scheduled for Saturday, May 17th at 9 am and 1 pm, at St. Paul’s. 

More information is available at spechurch.com/music

 

Today I talked with Rhonda Bellamy and Annie Gray Johnston about The Designer Showhouse, a fund-raiser for The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County.  

Details and tickets at artswilmington.org

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On Tusday, May 6th I talked with Diane Talley, who founded UNCW’s MarineQuest thirty years ago.  It’s going strong, with summer programs starting June 14.  Early registration is encouraged at uncw.edu/MarineQuest.

 

Ashley Relf, Operations Manager for the Bellamy Mansion Museum, told us all about the Wilmington Wine & Food Festival which begins tonight and runs through Sunday.  WilmingtonWineAndFood.com

 

 

Dr. Phil Garwood and Diana Corbett invite us to the 4th Annual Flytrap Frolic, a celebration of native plants.  It’s from 9 to 1 on Saturday at the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden behind Alderman Elementary School.  The family-friendly event is free!  

Details: Coastallandtrust.org  or  910-790-4524, ext. 209

Anne Langan from Friends of the Library and Leslie Hossfeld from UNCW tell us about an upcoming visit from renowned folklorist Dr. William Ferris.  His free presentation at 2:00 on Saturday, April 26 at the Northeast Library is titled The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists.  

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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