Shane Fernando


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.


Tuesday Commentary
7:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

A Sangria Lesson from Paco Strickland

William "Paco" Strickland
Brownie Harris Photography

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.    

Commentaries here on don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Tuesday Commentary
10:16 am
Tue December 11, 2012

A Home of Legos

EEPaul Flickr Commons

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. 

Commentaries here on do not necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Public Radio, its staff, or its members.

Tuesday Commentary
7:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Farewell, Linda Lavin

Linda Lavin

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

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8:43 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Remembering Donn Ansell

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. 


Tuesday Commentary
7:42 pm
Mon June 11, 2012


Jasmeet Flickr Commons

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. 

Tuesday Commentary
8:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Free Parking on Masonboro Island

Bill Gracey Flickr Commons

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

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Tuesday Commentary
12:00 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Claude Howell's Second, Final Resting Place

Jennuine Captures Flickr Commons

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

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Tuesday Commentary
10:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Flashing Lights

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

Tuesday Commentary
10:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

My Smoky Valentine

Younhee Jeong Flickr Commons

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.

Tuesday Commentary
4:00 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Theatrical Superstition

sarflondondunc Flickr Commons

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

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