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 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. 

COMMENTARIES ON WHQR DON’T NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF WHQR RADIO, ITS EDITORIAL STAFF, OR ITS MEMBERS.

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. 

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.

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