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.


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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Mar 12, 2013
Thalian Hall

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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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.    

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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. 



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. 

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.