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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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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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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