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

Pat Marriott interviewed author Judith Sanders about her novel In His Stead – A Father’s War.  Judith will be at Pomegranate Books tonight at 7:00 to read from and sign copies of her book. 

Today I talked with Jerry Cribbs, founder and director of Cape Fear Chorale.  The chorale will be joined by an orchestra for a free concert on Sunday afternoon at 4 at Grace United Methodist Church.  The concert features Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Magnificat and one of Handel’s Coronation OverturesCapeFearChorale.org

I talked with Judy Goldman about her book Losing My Sister: A Memoir.  Judy will be at B’nai Israel Synagogue tonight at 7:00 to give a free reading.  She paint a vivid picture of growing up in South Carolina in a close-knit family, and how she and her older sister Brenda experienced three rifts in their relationship.  The book is beautifully written; I highly recommend it.

More information:
JudyGoldman.com
BlairPub.com

Compagnie de Danse

Oct 30, 2012

Our guests today were Jean-Rene Delsoin, Artistic Director of Compagnie de Danse Jean-Rene Delsoin… with company and tour manager Mario LaMothe of the U.S. State Department’s Center Stage initiative.  The company is hosting a Community Drum Circle and Dance Demonstration open to the public tomorrow from noon to one at UNCW’s outdoor amphitheater.  The company’s final performance is Friday night at 8 at Kenan Auditorium at UNCW.  A reception follows.  Tickets: Kenan Box Office, 962-3500.  Info and tix also at uncw.edu.arts

Jeanne Walker of Poplar Grove Plantation told us about their biggest event of the year, the Halloween Festival!  It’s spread over two weekends this year, October 12-14 and October 19-21.  We also chatted about an event later this month called Happy Tails Dog Expo on October 28.

More information at PoplarGrovePlantation.com

Director Mike Thompson and actress/singer/dancer Heather Setzler, spoke all about Thalian Association Community Theatre’s production of the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5.  The show runs tonight and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3.  Also next week, Thursday through Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3 on Thalian Hall’s mainstage.

Tickets are available at Thalian.org.

Today I had a terrific talk with Robert V. Taylor – author, speaker, blogger for The Huffington Post, and Chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.  He was born and raised in South Africa, but had to leave the country when he began to speak out against apartheid.  We discussed his book A New Way to Be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive.  It is available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. 

Today's guests were Steve Bakunas, director / designer / producer, and Owen Dunne, playwright.  Owen’s first play Positions had its world premiere at the Red Barn Studio Theatre earlier this year.  Positions tells the story of a forty-something married couple with two children whose sex life has hit a plateau.  This tragicomedy explores what they do to remedy that.  Owen has rewritten portions of it. It will have a brief local run, then go to New York City in October. 

Rwanda Shares

Sep 20, 2012

Beth Crookham, film producer, was in Rwanda earlier this year and met an artist there named Innocent Nkurunziza.  She applied on his behalf to the Artist-in-Residence project at UNCW’s Boseman Gallery.  And now Innocent is here!  His exhibition called Rwanda Shares opens with a reception at 5:30 this evening, then runs through October 25.  For more information on the artist, visit IvukaArts.com

Today's guests were David Loudermilk, director and choreographer, and Lucille Bruno, costumer. We talked about T.A.C.T.’s production of Frank Loesser’s musical, Guys and Dolls.  There are 3 shows remaining: Friday and Saturday at 7, Sunday at 3, at the Hannah Block Historic USO on 2nd and Orange.  Tickets are $12.75 and are available at the USO desk or by phone at 910-341-7860.  More info at Thalian.org

Paula Haller, documentary filmmaker and organizer of DocuTime Film Festival, told us all about [Mini]DocuTime which features three films.  It’s this Saturday at 4:00 (doors open at 3:00).  Advance tix available until noon on Saturday at etix.com or Sharky’s Box Office in the Fisher Student Center 910-962-4045.  Tix are $10 general admission; free for students with ID.  If

Jay Johnson, master ventriloquist, presents his Tony Award-winning show The Two and Only at Thalian Hall, Saturday at 2 and 8 pm.  The show will be filmed for later release.  Tickets are available at 910-632-2285 and thalianhall.org.  More info on Jay and his work can be found at his website: TheTwoAndOnly.com

Norman Bemelmans, Director of Cultural Arts at UNCW, and Elizabeth Loparits, faculty member of the UNCW Music Department, are both concert pianists who have performed in many countries to great acclaim.  They share a love for Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and all the Romantic composers.  On Thursday, Sept. 6 at 8 pm in Kenan Auditorium, they will present a program called Piano Masterworks: Music of the Russian Romantics.  They will perform solo and duo works.  Tickets are available from the Kenan Box Office at 962-3500. 

Todays guests were Jason Aycock, the new Artistic Director for Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (T.A.C.T.) and  Susan Habas, the Managing Director of Thalian Association Community Theatre.  They told us about T.A.C.T.’s upcoming season of plays and about the T.A.C.T. Academy that is offering classes now. 

The Most Happy Fella

Aug 28, 2012

Opera House Theatre Company opens Frank Loesser’s 1956 musical The Most Happy Fella tomorrow night at 8 on Thalian Hall’s mainstage.  Bob Workmon stars as Tony Esposito.  Suellen Yates directs.  Tickets available from the Thalian Hall box office: 632-2285.  The show runs only two weekends!

"The Memory Thief"

Aug 24, 2012

Emily Colin, Wilmington resident and Assistant Director of D.R.E.A.M.S., has written her first novel.  It’s been published by Random House / Ballantine Trade Paperbacks.  I sat up and read it all night!  It’s called The Memory Thief.  You can meet her at a Book Event tomorrow night at 6:00 at D.R.E.A.M.S., which is at 10th and Fanning in Wilmington.  She will sign copies of her book and she will also do a reading.  You can also visit her website EmilyColin.com and watch a trailer!

In honor of Fourth Friday Gallery Night, which is this Friday from 6 to 9, I spoke with two photographers from the Cape Fear Camera Club about their exhibit in the MC Erny Gallery called The Collection: Triptych Photographs.  My guests were Jo Ann Tomaselli and Barbara Synder.   Capefearcameraclub.org

Today's guests: Cathy and Bill Furpless of the Historic Amuzu Theatre in Southport, hosting Rock ‘n Roll Is Here to Stay!  The shows are this weekend and next weekend, Fri and Sat at 7:30 and Sun at 3:00.  

Aquarius Falling

Aug 17, 2012

Author Mike Tucker: his thriller Aquarius Falling.

Amanda Greene, Wilmington Faith and Values: Walking Tour.


Star Sosa of Spectrum Art & Jewelry: 15 years of her small business and its involvement with the community.

Full Discolsure: Spectrum Art and Jewlery is a WHQR Underwriter.

Art for All

Aug 14, 2012

Rich Leder, Executive Director of Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews:  Art for All.

Marina De Ratmiroff, professor in UNCW’s Music Department, told us about some of the fall concerts coming up, almost all of which cost only $5 or are free. Details can be found at  UNCW.edu/music

Madafo Lloyd Wilson and Roger Davis are bringing Jazz to the Arts District every other Friday night, including this Friday from 8 to 11pm.  They perform at S.W.A.C. Lounge at the corner of North 4th and Brunswick.  For more information, go to  Madafo.com

I spoke with Melissa Franklin, a 20-year old high-functioning autistic woman.  She has been approved to get a service dog from Autism Service Dogs of America, and is currently raising funds to pay for her dog.  She needs $6,500… and has about $3000 in hand.  A series of fundraisers are planned, including one tomorrow from 4 to 8 pm at BrrrBerry’s Ice Cream in Mayfaire (next to the Harris Teeter).

Hello, Dolly!

Jul 31, 2012

My guests today were director/choreographer Ray Kennedy, and actor/singer/dancers Dylan Fowler and Mary Stewart Evans.  Opera House Theatre Company opens Hello, Dolly!  Tomorrow night on the mainstage of Thalian Hall.  The musical runs Wed-Sat @ 8, Sun @ 3.  It runs for 2 weekends after that, Fri & Sat @ 8, Sun at 3. 

Tix: Thalian Hall Box Office, 632-2285 or WilmingtonTickets.com

More info: OperaHouseTheatreCompany.net

The Dance Element presents an original adaptation of E.B. White’s classic story Charlotte’s Web.  Director/choreographer Ashley Barnes and composer Brian “Juice” Raynor joined us today to chat about it.

Praying for Strangers

Jul 19, 2012

River Jordan, author of Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit.  She’ll be at Pomegranate Books tonight at 7:00.  For more information about this book and her many other books, just go to PrayingForStrangers.com

Master Class

Jul 13, 2012

Gloria Crist stars as Maria Callas in Terrance McNally’s award-winning play Master Class.  Gloria will give 3 performances – Friday, July 20 at 7:30 (followed by a black-tie gala, tickets $75)…Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 (tickets $20).  All performances are at the new Fine Arts Building of Cape Fear Academy, 3600 S. College Road.  For more information or to buy tickets, go to thalian.org or call 910-251-1788.

Giulia Goes to War

Jul 13, 2012

Joan Leotta, author of Giulia Goes to War, set in Wilmington in 1942.  The USO is prominently featured in the book, and Hannah Block is mentioned.  Available as an e-book through Desert Breeze Publishing. Joan's personal website can be found here.

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