Shane Fernando

Commentator

Shane Fernando grew up in Wilmington, NC, being an avid WHQR listener during his childhood during the station's first years.  He also served as WHQR's first intern.  After graduation from UNCW in 2000, where he spearheaded the project and fundraising for the UNCW Millennium Clock Tower, he moved to Washington, DC to work in the U.S. Senate.  In 2005, Shane returned to Wilmington, receiving his master's degree in Public Administration.

He currently serves as Director of Campus Life Arts & Programs/UNCW Presents, Chief Curator of the Boseman Gallery and teaches in the Department of Communication Studies at UNCW.  Shane serves as President of the Board of Trustees for Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, is an actor, property master and set designer for our local theatre community, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and is a backyard beekeeper in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center art CFCC. He lives with his husband in Downtown Wilmington.

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The holidays find our cities drenched in holiday decor. While trends fade, holiday beauty is forever. Commentator Shane Fernando describes the attraction of the aluminum Christmas tree and provides some caution when decorating with such vibrancy.

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When it comes to memories, the most impactful remembrances are often triggered by the most ordinary of physical objects. In Shane Fernando's case, memories of his Sri Lankan grandmother are warmed by the light of his father's coconut oil lamp. The lamp tells a story of not only Shane's memories, but also the legacy his father's family.

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Annual holiday trips into the western mountains of North Carolina wouldn't be complete without a stop in at the retro mountain attraction, located in Cherokee, NC – Santa’s Land – home of the famous Rudi-Coast.    

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC. He lives with his husband in Downtown Wilmington.

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As tropical storm Colin brings heavy rain to our area, Commentator Shane Fernando remembers a hurricane camp-out at WHQR.


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What's the best way to get to know a group of people? Does the answer change if everyone doesn't speak the same language? Shane Fernando suggests that no matter where you are, nothing beats a song.


The subject of this week's commentary is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Shane Fernando takes a closer look at the Ukrainian Easter Egg.


"Life After Prison"

Feb 16, 2016

Commentator Shane Fernando shines light on a key piece of prison reform: the transition back into society.

"Paint By Numbers"

Jan 5, 2016

Love them or hate them, since their introduction in the 1950s, Paint By Number kits have become a piece of American Culture. Commentator Shane Fernando explains:

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Humanities and Fine Arts at CFCC. He lives with his husband in Downtown Wilmington.

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"Thanksgiving"

Nov 24, 2015

This week, commentator Shane Fernando shares new insight about one of North America's oldest traditions.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC. He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

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This week, commentator Shane Fernando takes us on a ride around the historic Kenan Memorial Fountain.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC. He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

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Grand Ole Opry

Jul 28, 2015

This week, "country roads" take commentator Shane Fernando to Nashville, for an onstage glimpse of the Grand Ole Opry.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC. He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

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Hives

Jun 23, 2015

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC and lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington. 

Clock Tower

May 19, 2015

Coney Island

Nov 18, 2014
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Commentator Shane Fernando recollects a visit to Coney Island and meeting the Great Fradini!

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC.  He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

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Commentator Shane Fernando celebrates Wilmington's community landmarks and welcomes the new kid on the block, CFCC's new performance venue.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC. He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington. 

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Conrad Meister II

Feb 18, 2014
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Commentator Shane Fernando goes on a house renovation adventure.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Campus Life, Arts and Programs at UNCW.  He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

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No Boundaries

Nov 19, 2013
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Commentator Shane Fernando finds inspiration from the cross-cultural artists’ collaboration, the No Boundaries International Art Colony. 

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Campus Life, Arts and Programs at UNCW.  He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington. 

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Conrad Meister

Sep 17, 2013
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Commentator Shane Fernando sifts through city directories, maps and newspapers and discovers the fascinating history of the man who built his home almost 100 years ago.  

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Campus Life Arts and Programs at UNCW and lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

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Public Art

Aug 20, 2013
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Shane Fernando comments on how Wilmington's art scene is finding ways to enhance, educate and build a more liveable community.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Campus Life Arts and Programs at UNCW and lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington. 

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Cameron Art Museum

Commentator Shane Fernando fell in love with the work of Alonzo Wilson long before the costume designer wowed audiences of  HBO’s hit series Tremé—but that doesn’t mean he’s beyond shock and awe. In fact, if you listen to today’s commentary closely, you can almost hear his jaw drop.

Well Suited, the Costumes of Alonzo Wilson, will be on exhibit at the Cameron Art Museum now through November 3rd. 

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Projection

May 21, 2013
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Every upgrade is not necessarily an improvement. Commentator Shane Fernando opts for the tried and true (and the legendary) as he designs this year’s Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green.

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Light

Mar 12, 2013
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As a museum curator, Shane Fernando knows that lighting is everything. Here, he shares the power of lighting from the macro to our own Port City.

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William "Paco" Strickland was known for his exceptional talent as a flamenco guitarist. But Commentator Shane Fernando most remembers a moment in the kitchen with Paco, and shares it with us today.    

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A Home of Legos

Dec 11, 2012
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Shane Fernando may be best known for his properties mastery on the stage. But he is a man of many talents, including dazzling lego artistry. Here, he finds a house he made of legos some decades ago, and remembers the young contractor who built it. 

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Shane Fernando shares a farewell to actress Linda Lavin and Red Barn Theatre--staples in Wilmington's art community. 

Commentator Shane Fernando pays tribute to Donn Ansell, an inspiring mentor,  friend to the arts and creative force throughout the years.   From passionate performances on the stage and enlightened ideas behind the mic, to commending Ebeneezer Scrooge for his artful eye,  Donn Ansell made a difference. He will be missed. 

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Slides

Jun 11, 2012
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Last week, Commentator Shane Fernando took a trip back in time as he helped Tony Rivenbark restore a slide show of Wilmington's history. Of course, a fair bit of nostalgia was in order. Not for Old Wilmington, necessarily, but for the slides depicting her glory. 

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When Commentator Shane Fernando was a kid, this area of Southeastern North Carolina was far less populated, and popular. 

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Though a great painter and supporter of the arts, the late Claude Howell is remembered for more than his talents. 

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