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

Phil Furia, the host of The Great American Songbook, will host a live performance of the show at Kenan Auditorium on Saturday, February 17: WHQR's Great American Songbook Live: The Oscars. Some great voices join him onstage: George Scheibner, Bob Workmon,  Nina Repeta, LaRaisha Burnette Dionne, and Jack Krupicka. 

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You can send a text, an email, a card or some flowers--but Cape Fear Chordsmen offers something a little different for Cupid's holiday: A Singing Valentine. Up to 5 quartets from the group will be in and around New Hanover County on February 14th delivering harmonies to lucky loved ones.

Joe's Pub

The 38th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival runs Thursday through Saturday, February 1-3 at the Hilton Riverside. Listen to Festival President Sandy Evans talk about some of the highlights above; read our extended conversation below.

Honey Head Films

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents a multi-disciplinary concert Saturday, February 3rd. This is a layered treatment of Julia Walker Jewell's original music, The Dance of the Coin, with orchestration, film, and live dancers. 

Stephen Bellm

 

New Hanover County Youth Services Librarian Scooter Hayes joined us to talk about the Fiction to Fashion design contest. The runway competition is March 1st, but teens can sign up through 11:59 pm on Wednesday, January 31.  

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L.A. Theatre Works is touring a production of the award-winning play by Katori Hall called The Mountaintop. This two-person production considers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final night on earth, after his "Mountaintop" speech and before his assassination.  The 38-city tour makes a stop in Wilmington on Thursday, February 1st at Kenan Auditorium at 7:30 pm. 

Remember Sea Monkeys, skillfully portrayed in their little “ocean zoo,” with crown-like heads and a medieval castle in the background? These insta-pets are still around—and so are ant farms for kids. Commentator Shane Fernando describes his childhood experience with the latter, back in the glorious days of mail order.  

Join us on Friday, February 2 at Noon at WHQR for a casual lunchtime mini-concert a la Paris. French flutist Nicolas Duchamp and Pianist Barbara McKenzie perform music by Gaubert, Debussy, and Leclair--with the Louis Lot flute once owned by Gaubert!  

Amazing Grace

The touring Broadway musical Amazing Grace was scheduled for just one performance in Wilmington this weekend…due to popular demand, another was added. The show tells the true story of British slaver John Newton, the author of the popular song “Amazing Grace.”

Faces Places

 

The 16th Annual one-day documentary festival, DocuTime, is this Saturday, January 27th. It's a full day of features and shorts at UNCW's King Hall Auditorium. Paula Haller created this festival and is the force behind it; listen to Paula talk about some of the films above and read our extended conversation below.

Cape Fear Garden Club

A young lady used to need a Cape Fear Garden Club sponsor in order to be an Azalea Belle. Now, senior girls can apply without a sponsor...but they are required to attend a meeting on Tuesday, January 23rd at 4:00 pm.                  

Arts In Wilmington/Craig Stinson

 

It's time for the 2nd Annual Arts in Wilmington Awards. Creator Craig Stinson tells us about the party--Saturday, January 20th at EXPO 216 on Front Street, 6:00pm-9:00pm. He also tells us this year's winners.

Kenneth Vest

Writer Kenneth Vest lost his son, Jesse, to a heroin overdose nearly six years ago. He's been working on a play related to the situation for nearly as long. The play, titled Inside Job, has been workshopped in Wilmington and Washington, DC and is onstage at the Cape Fear Playhouse through January 21.

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  On Thursday, January 11th, the Cape Fear Housing Coalition (CFHC) holds it's annual Legislative Breakfast. This free event features 2 notable guest speakers: Samuel Gutner and Mel Jones. CFHC Chair Paul D'Angelo joined us.

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Joshua Brinkley, a high-school senior with Cerebral Palsy, worked with WHQR for four months to learn radio skills. In this segment, Josh talks about his work with the station. 

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Joshua Brinkley, an intern at WHQR, wanted to interview WHQR's Program Director and Classical Music Host, Bob Workmon. Joshua was interested in Bob's history singing opera, performing onstage, and working for public radio.

Opera House Theatre Company

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical that premiered in Wilmington back in February, is back onstage at Thalian Hall. The show is the centerpiece for Thalian Hall's New Year's Eve Gala with dinner, penny drinks, dancing, and more. The show runs through January 21st.

Vivan Howard

Benny's Big Time Pizzeria is open for business at 206 Greenfield Street. Listen above to hear Vivian Howard talk about this new endeavor. 

Zach Hanner

It's a holiday story about...a kidney. Zach Hanner, Artistic Director of Theatre Now, has written a play  about his family's experience with a medical crisis. According to reviewers, the show is both poignant and funny. 

Gary Neil Gupton

Author Gary Neil Gupton just released a 2nd Edition of his book, Time to Meet Max. This story grew out of Gary's experience meeting a boy with disabilities in Guatemala. Listen to Gary talk about the new edition above, and read the description below. He'll be at Two Sister's Bookery at the Cotton Exchange on Saturday, 12/9, 11:00am-1:00pm. 

Jamie Rocha Allan

Dram Tree Shakespeare holds its annual Winter Party on Saturday, 12/9, kicking off the next production: King Lear. Guest director Jamie Rocha Allan, a Londoner, is in town for the event and to hold auditions. Pianist Grenolodo Frazier + actors Tony Rivenbark, Jemila Ericson, Kire Stenson and more provide entertainment.

Wrightsville United Methodist Church

Over 10,000 cookies (by 100 bakers) will be on tables at Wrightsville United Methodist Church (WUMC)-all kinds of cookies-and all for sale.  It's the 3rd Annual Cookie Walk, Saturday, 12/9, 9:00am-Noon. 

Theatre For All

Theatre For All is a Wilmington theatre company for performers with disabilities-from Autism to Down Syndrom, Cerebral Palsy to Williams Syndrome-and everything in between. The group's holiday performance, The Memory Book, is onstage at Theatre Now on Sunday, 12/10 at 2:00pm & Monday, 12/11 at 7:00pm.

Wilmington Choral Society

The Wilmington Choral Society has an interesting musical program this weekend. The group’s December concert has holiday music, as might be expected, but also some other favorites. The concert is called Frankincense & Myrrh---with emphasis on FRANK.  

Sea Notes Choral Society

Sea Notes Choral Society presents Peace on Earth, a holiday song program with pianist Jane Boberg, plus percussion, flute, and keyboard accompaniment. The Christmas Bells handbell choir will also perform with the group.  There are two performances: Saturday, December 2 & Sunday, December 3 at Odell Williamson Auditorium

The 5th Annual Coastal Carolina Christmas performance at St Paul's Episcopal Church is Friday, December 1. The Choir of St. Paul's, the Wilmington Boys Choir, harpist Christina Brier, and organist Richard Rhoads perform traditional British music. The concert is followed by the Sparkling Chocolate Reception-and it's all-you-dare-to-eat.

Big Dawg Productions

Every single Christmas story is the claim...somewhere between 17 and 472 according to the gentlemen involved.  Actors Randy Davis, Anthony Lawson, and Steve Vernon, plus Technical Director Scott Davis, talk about Big Dawg Productions' comic holiday offering: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some).  The show opens Thursday, November 30th  at Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street.

Panache Theatrical Productions

Panache Theatrical Productions continues the Wilmington "Santaland Diaries" tradition this year with Crumpet #13: Robb Mann. This cynically hilarious narrative by David Sedaris is an elf tale for grown-ups, exposing the behind-the-scenes world of Macy's "Santaland."  

Join us on Friday, December 1 at Noon at WHQR for a casual lunchtime mini-concert themed for the holidays. WHQR's own Bob Workmon, Tenor, joins Pianist John Sullivan for a mix of tunes from Schubert to Kosmo to Mel Torme. We'll have special treats, and feel free to bring your lunch!

Jack Landry

A Charlie Brown Christmas is onstage at the Wilson Center on Saturday, December 9 at 3:00pm. Kids can see this holiday cartoon classic performed live by CFCC drama students for free. The show is also an opportunity to donate to Mother Hubbard's Cupboard-bring canned goods for the collection.

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