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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 2nd Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, is resident property master at Red Barn Studios, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and is a backyard beekeeper in historic downtown Wilmington.