Jemila Ericson

Host, Classical Music and Midday Interviews

It took Jemila a long time to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. She is now primarily an actress and storyteller who fell into Public Radio announcing and discovered she loved it.  She has worked for WHQR off and on for thirteen years. In addition to racking up film and TV credits whenever she can, Jemila frequently performs weddings (as an ordained interfaith minister), and still misses another favorite job— as a shepherdess to a flock of thirty sheep in the mountains of NC. She is currently studying to be an animal communicator.

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Midday Interviews -5/6/14
5:54 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Midday Interview: The Magic School Bus Author Joanna Cole

Studio 1 at WHQR
WHQR Staff

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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Midday Interview -6/5/14
3:52 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Midday Interview: director Michelle Reiff and Performer Rachel Walter

Michelle Reiff and performer Rachel Walter
WHQR Staff

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. 

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Midday Interview -6/3/14
4:56 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Midday Interview: Actors Randy Davis and Vanessa Welch

Randy Davis and Vanessa Welch

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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Midday Interview -6/4/14
12:22 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Midday Interview: Director Suellen Yates and Actor Tony Rivenbark on "The Wizard of Oz"

WHQR Staff

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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Midday Interview -5/29/14
2:23 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Midday Interview: Christine Farley on the Port City Music Festival

From Left: Virginia Hardy, Jemila Ericson, Christine Farley, and Alane Savod
WHQR Staff

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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Midday Interview -5/28/14
1:21 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Midday Interview: Kemp Burdette and filmmaker Sol Weiner

Weiner (left) and Burdett @WHQR
WHQR Staff

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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Midday Interview -5/28/14
11:32 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Midday Interview: Director Nicole Farmer and actor Jacob Keohane

Microphone at WHQR
WHQR Staff

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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Midday Interview -5/20/14
5:31 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Midday Interview: Shane Fernando and Paul Teal on "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson"

In Constume for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Photo Courtesy of StarNews Media

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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Midday Interview -5/22/14
5:08 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Midday Interview: Cherri McKay and Robb Mann on Shakespeare on the Green

WHQR Staff

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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Midday Interview -5/23/14
1:42 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Midday Interview: Molly Murphy and Anna Lee of Working Films on the "Moral Movies" Film Series

in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR
WHQR Staff

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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