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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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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Cape Fear River Watch hosts its annual fundraising festival called Striper Fest on Friday and Saturday, January 17th and 18th

River Keeper Kemp Burdette told us about the work of CFRW and about the fun activities coming up to celebrate and support the river that plays such an important role in our lives.

 

More information on Cape Fear River Watch and Striper Fest 2014

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The No Boundaries International Art Colony brought 14 artists from around the world to spend two weeks together on Bald Head Island last November. 

Today, Michelle Connolly and Harry Taylor talked about their experiences there and invited us to the Closing Reception for their exhibit, from 6 to 9 tonight at the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery, downtown at 200 Hanover Street.

 

 

Rhonda Bellamy is the Executive Director or the Arts Council of Wilmington.  She told us about The Arty Party coming up, which will raise funds for local artists.  It’s on Saturday from 7 to 10 pm at CFCC’s Union Station, 502 N. Front Street.  Info and tix: 910-343-0988 or artscouncilofwilmington.org

 

Sandy Apple and Phyllis Leimer from the American Association of University Women stopped in to the WHQR Studios to speak with guest announcer and interviewer Gina Gamboni.

 

Kimberly Paul of Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Frank Roberts of New Hanover County Veterans Council told us about the film Honor Flight: One Last Mission.  It will be shown in honor of local WWII veterans on Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day) from 3 to 5 pm at the Wilmington Convention Center.  For more information on Honor Flights, go to ILMHonorFlight.org.  For more info on the film, go to LCFH.org and look under Events.

 

Director Tom Briggs and actor Joe Gallison told us about Other Desert Cities, making its Wilmington premiere tonight at the Red Barn Studio Theatre for Thalian Association.  Tickets are available by calling (910) 251-1788.

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Dr. Phillip Garwood, an award-winning professor of geology at Cape Fear Community College who is known to his students as “Dr. Rocks,” is one of the founders of CFCC’s Native American Heritage Month.  For information on the events coming up throughout November, go to CFCC.edu/NAHM

 

Daphne Holmes of Cameron Art Museum invited us all to Celebrate New Orleans at a series of events last Friday-Sunday, wrapping up the exhibit Well-Suited: The Costumes of Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s Treme.  Details at CameronArtMuseum.com

 

WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery opened a new art exhibit on Friday, October 25th with a reception from 6 to 9.  Two of the twelve artists featured in Coastal Carolina En Plein Air were my guests: Joanne Geisel and Barbara Bear Jamison.

WHQR will again host the artists featured in Coastal Carolina En Plein Air, during a Fourth Friday Reception on November 22nd from 6-9PM in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR. More info available here.

 

Armitage Gone! Dance presented Fables on Global Warming, Saturday (10/26/13) at 8 pm at Kenan Auditorium.  Choreographer Karole Armitage joined us to talk about it.  For details and tickets, visit UNCW.edu/arts or call 910-962-3500.

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Armitage Gone! Dance presents "Fables on Global Warming," Saturday at 8 pm at Kenan Auditorium.  Choreographer Karole Armitage joined us to talk about it.  For details and tickets, visit UNCW.edu/arts or call 910-962-3500.

Meira Warshauer grew up in Wilmington.  She is now a composer.  One of her works will be featured at UNCW this week: Ocean Calling, a work for two pianos that uses not only the keyboards but also the internal strings.  Norman Bemelmans and Elizabeth Loparits perform the piece Thursday night at 7:30 at Beckwith Recital Hall.  

For more information and tickets, visit UNCW.edu/Arts, or call 962-3500.  

Carolina Vocal Arts Ensemble, directed byFriday’s guest Tim Koch, presents Annelies by British composer James Whitbourn.  Starring soprano Arianna Zukerman, Annelies is the first major choral setting of the diary of Anne Frank.  

Performances are Saturday at 4 pm at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach and Sunday at 4 pm at Trinity Church in Myrtle Beach.  For more information and tickets, visit CarolinaMasterChorale.com or call 843-444-5774.

Founder Jeannie Mintz invites us all to the 5th Annual Salty Paws Festival on Saturday at Carolina Beach Lake Park. The event will be held on Saturday, October 19th from 11:00AM to 4:30PM.

More information can be found here.

Katrina Knight, Executive Director of Good Shepherd Center, told us about their Masquerade Ball, celebrating 30 years of service to the homeless in our community.  It’s October 26 from 6pm until…at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside.  Details:  GoodShepherdWilmington.org  or 910-763-4424, ext. 110

Tracy Wilkes, Executive Director of DREAMS of Wilmington, invites us all to On Top of the World – a gala at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside starting at 6 pm this Saturday.  For more information and reservations, visit DreamsPresents.org

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Paul Lawler and Alicia Ross of ROW (Residents of Old Wilmington) tell us all about the 8th Annual Back Door Kitchen Tour, coming up Saturday, October 12th from 10 to 5.  For information and tickets, visit ROWilmington.org

 

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Peggy Pancoe Rosoff and Beverly Schoninger tell us all about Wilmington’s First Annual Jewish Film Festival.  On Sunday, October 13th at 3:00 in Thalian Hall, the film Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy will be shown.  It features Al Jolson, Nathan Lane, Barbara Streisand, Zero Mostel and many more stars, with music by George and Ira Gerswhin, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart and other great American Jewish writers.  

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Brunswick Little Theatre presents The 39 Steps, a farce based on the famous Alfred Hitchcock thriller.  Director Jen Iapalucci and her husband Adrian Iapalucci (who plays the romantic lead) told us all about the challenges and joys of creating a show that features 5 actors playing 100 characters in many different settings – all suggested by an empty stage with a chair, boxes of props, and homegrown sound effects.  

Amanda Greene of Wilmington Faith and Values is offering two Religious Art Walking Tours of African-American Churches in Downtown Wilmington.  The tours are on Saturdays October 12 and 19 from 9-11 am.  A $15 donation is suggested.

 For details and reservations, visit wilmingtonfavs.com or call 910-520-3958. 

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Barbara McKenzie, Artistic Director of Chamber Music Wilmington, tells us all about the 2013-2014 season which begins this Sunday, September 29th at 7:30pm in Beckwith Recital Hall.  More information: ChamberMusicWilmington.org

Tickets available through the Kenan Box Office: 962-3500. 

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Realtors Stephanie and Glenn Neighbour had a great idea to create a series of concerts at Poplar Grove Plantation in Scotts Hill.  Glenn came by to tell us all about Grooves in the Grove, a free concert series held every Sunday evening at 5.  This week Mojo Collins performs.  

Upcoming concerts: October 6 – Funky Kabbage, October 13 – Casserole, and October 20 – South of K.

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Director/Choreographer Debra Gillingham and actor/singer/dancer Adam Poole tell us all about the show that opens tomorrow night on Thalian Hall’s mainstage.  Thalian Association Community Theatre presents the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  

The show runs for two weekends: Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Tickets available at 910-632-2285 or ThalianHall.com

Gwenyfar Rohler of Old Books on Front Street told us about all the special events coming up for Banned Books Week.  Details at oldbooksonfrontst.com   

Old Books on Front Street is at 249 North Front Street; phone 910-76-BOOKS (910-762-6657).

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