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
10:52 am
Tue September 29, 2009

Canadian Thanksgiving

"The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean, Martin Frobisher. His Thanksgiving celebration was held in 1578 in Newfoundland, after he and his crew arrived safely from their long exploration back to charted territory."

Wilmington, NC – Shane discusses how a borrowed tradition has evolved, paying tribute to close friends, as well as to our northerly neighbors.

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Tuesday Commentary
1:37 pm
Tue September 15, 2009


"A coat really isn't gray, a car isn't red and skin color really isn't brown, flesh, or olive toned. Everything in our world is simply our own perception of the reflection of light from our universe."

Wilmington, NC – This past weekend, I let my imagination take control, introducing playfulness to my afternoon.

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Tuesday Commentary
4:25 pm
Mon August 31, 2009

Prop Master

"What I enjoy best as prop master is being able to transport others to various times and places... the audience as well as the actors."

Wilmington, NC – The magic of the theatre can be brought about by hands many in the audience never see.

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Tuesday Commentary
9:35 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Hasankeyf, Turkey

"A modernization project on the Tigris, the Ilisu Dam a few years from completion will flood this city with its reservoir...I began to think of home [in] southeastern NC and all that we have lost."

Wilmington, NC – Speaking of summer travels to Turkey, commentator Shane Fernando talks about how some events from faraway places can bring his thoughts right back home again.

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Tuesday Commentary
2:33 pm
Tue July 7, 2009

Mount Nemrut

"The Euphrates River below glistened like diamonds... the rich blue of its water, rivaling Caribbean seas. Everyone sang out in joy and applauded."

Wilmington, NC – This week, commentator Shane Fernando, speaking of recent travels to Turkey, discusses how some events gain meaning when experienced as a community.

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Tuesday Commentary
11:51 am
Tue June 23, 2009


"In (Turkish) bazaars, roadsides, even caves and deserts, all one has to do is call out "Cay!" for the beverage is always within shouting distance."

Wilmington, NC – Shane Fernando, returning from recent travels to Turkey, talks about the country's most iconic symbol of hospitality and mutual understanding.

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Tuesday Commentary
2:42 pm
Mon June 8, 2009

Vaseline Glass

"Vaseline glass is a type of glass which began to be produced in the 1830's by artisans. It is a type of glass traditionally with a yellow or pale green color."

Wilmington, NC – Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW.

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Tuesday Commentary
2:25 pm
Mon May 11, 2009


"The time machine in my mind began pulling me back, pondering all of the history that this land has been witness to: the depression, the roaring twenties, World War I, the Victorian era, Civil War, the Colonial era, all the way back to prehistoric time."

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Shane Fernando discovers how simple objects can spur the imagination.

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Tuesday Commentary
1:24 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

An Industrious Creature

"Not only is beekeeping a responsible hobby in terms of environmental sustainability and recognizing the importance of this insect's relationship to our food sources, it can be an extremely rewarding, relaxing, and educational hobby."

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Shane Fernando explores unique relationships between strange bedfellows, and how they can educate each other about adaptability during trying times.

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Tuesday Commentary
9:50 am
Mon April 6, 2009

More Than Just a Ceiling

"Though no one else may fully understand the significance of this ceiling when they enter this room, it will serve as a constant reminder to me to appreciate and ponder my own traditions and roots."

Wilmington, NC – In old homes, it seems that storytelling can be all around. Even a decorative touch can hold very deep meanings, long after the home owner has come and gone.

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