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.

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

Flashing Lights

Mar 6, 2012

Taking a late-night walk on the Cape Cod coast, Shane Fernando is held captive by a land-bound siren.

My Smoky Valentine

Feb 14, 2012
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On a Valentine's day some years ago, Shane Fernando had finally found the perfect gift. But he wasn't looking to woo a new infatuation; he already had a partner. A volunteer at a retirement home, he was searching for a way to bring one lonely smoker in out of the cold and spread some true love on Valentine's Day.

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There's more to the old practice of wishing someone "Break a leg" before a live performance than you might think.

Leaving Nigel

Dec 13, 2011
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Leaving work one evening in Washington D.C., Shane Fernando thought the most he had to look forward to was a warm meal and a comfortable chair.

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For Shane Fernando, the magic of Christmas does not stop at egg nog, logs crackling in the fireplace, and gifts under the tree.

Corn Maze

Nov 15, 2011
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Taken with the beauty of autumn, commentator Shane Fernando does not go the usual route of pumpkin picking or hay rides.

The Maco Light

Nov 1, 2011
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Following a long-standing New Hanover High School tradition, commentator Shane Fernando and six of his friends  headed out...

9/11 at the Capitol

Sep 6, 2011

"I rode up the escalator from the metro underworld..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

"The rain poured down with no relief in sight..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

MC Erny

Jul 26, 2011

"It was 1998 and I had just won a bargain at a local auction..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Fairy Chimnies

May 31, 2011

"First recorded human settlers who discovered the region over ten thousand years ago were so mystified at its uniqueness that they surmised that it wasn't a natural phenomenon and certainly couldn't be human-made."

Wilmington, NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Roller Derby Grandma

May 17, 2011

"It can be a dangerous sport with a great deal of shoving, pushing, and women on skates flying off the track in various directions after losing balance."

Wilmington, NC –

Commentator Shane Fernando invites you to support our local Cape Fear Roller Girls. He lives in historic downtown Wilmington and is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW.

 

September in D.C.

May 3, 2011

"I rode up the escalator from the Metro underground..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Caterpillars

Apr 26, 2011

"The caterpillars have pretty much finished their larval stage in live and are now in the process of transforming into their pupa stage..."

Wilmington NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

Pysanky

Apr 19, 2011

"...The tabletop is covered with layers of newspaper. Small dishes are scattered about with blocks of beeswax..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Azalea Festival

Apr 5, 2011

"I sat in the warm Wilmington spring sunshine..."

Wilmington NC – "I sat in the warm Wilmington spring sunshine..."

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Lemonade

Mar 22, 2011

"While running errands this past weekend, I was excited to see the sights and sounds of the warm weather months appearing..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW.

 

Going Up!

Mar 8, 2011

"Eighth floor, going down! This is the sound of a project from the latest theater production I worked on, Lobby Hero..."

Wilmington NC – Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW and resident propmaster for Red Barn Studio Theater.

 

Mah Johngg

Feb 8, 2011

"The four of us sit huddled around the mahogany game table..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW.

 

Learning Russian

Jan 25, 2011

"There are four of us--three eager students and out teacher..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Bread

Jan 11, 2011

"I crane my neck upwards to perch my chin on the edge of the kitchen counter..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Christmas Eve Dinner

Dec 14, 2010

"It's my favorite meal of the year..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Meteors

Nov 30, 2010

"My brother Joel and I were woken up late at night..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Capture

Nov 16, 2010

"In this digital age, capturing inspiring moments or places is so easy..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Junk to Funk

Nov 2, 2010

"The gallery student interns and I gather around the workroom table peer down at the foam board model of Boseman Gallery..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

City Chickens

Oct 5, 2010

"What do Seattle, Ann Arbor, New York City, Raleigh, Asheville, and Greensboro all have in common? You may be surprised..."

Wilmington, NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

The Pier

Sep 24, 2010

"The other weekend my partner Brian and I spent the day at the beach with some dear friends..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Katrina Remembered

Sep 7, 2010

"Two months after Katrina I was traveling with UNCW students who wanted to spend their fall break with the recovery effort..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Connection

Aug 24, 2010

"We were preparing to finally get out of town for a couple weeks this summer..."

Wilmington NC – "We were preparing to finally get out of town for a couple weeks this summer..."

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

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