Midday Interview with Gina Gambony

Mon-Fri 11:58 AM-12:06 PM

Monday* through Friday at 11:58 AM, Gina Gambony hosts a celebration of the arts and culture of the Lower Cape Fear. She interviews artists, actors, dancers, writers and creators of community events—all the inspiring movers and shakers who enrich our lives.

*Monday Midday Interviews are hosted by Pat Marriott.

Please send requests for interviews to classical@whqr.org.


Tune in to our Midday Interview at 11:58 to hear from our guests each week.

Midday Interviews for May 2-6:

Monday 5/2:  The Historic Wilmington Foundation kicks off Preservation Month with us by sharing events planned for HWF's 50th anniversary.  

Tuesday 5/3:  The Cape Fear Garden Club raises money all year in order to give it back to the community in grants.  As the June deadline to apply approaches, we'll find out how organizations can be considered for funding.

Wednesday 5/4:  The Wilmington Choral Society has a special anniversary concert this month.  We'll hear about the music chosen for its 65th anniversary concert.  

Thursday 5/5:  Tune in to hear Donna DeGennaro discuss "Unlocking Silent Histories," an organization that supports the expression of indigenous youth through the media. 

Friday 5/6:  Hoggard High School senior Matthew P. Smith has the radio bug. After spending many hours learning some skills from WHQR staff, Matthew and a teammate competed in a state radio competition.  Tune in to find out the result.    

Star Sosa, the owner of Spectrum Gallery, joined us in the studio along with Kimberly Exum from Cape Fear Garden Club.  The Garden Club just hosted the Azalea Garden Tour as part of the Azalea Festival.  During that tour, artists took root in the various local gardens for plein air painting, producing pieces capturing flower close-ups to large garden scenes to Azalea Belles.

Wesley Brown

Award-winning animator Michael Granberry visited WHQR just before Shakespeare's The Tempest opened.  Granberry came to Wilmington to direct the show for Dram Tree Shakespeare, bringing his creative approach to theatre and penchant for puppetry into play.  The show is now in it's final weekend and tickets only remain for the last performance on Sunday, May 1st.  

Lee Lowrimore has gathered some of Wilmington's finest actors for his upcoming project (see cast list below). They gather under Lowrimore's direction of The Real Inspector Hound.  This comic parody by award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard opens on Thursday, April 28 and runs through Sunday, May 15 at Big Dawg's Cape Fear Playhouse.  


Old Books on Front Street celebrates poetry this month with its Couplet Poetry Festival.  Readings begin at 11:00 on the morning of Saturday, April 23 with Val Nieman, Sam Barbee, and NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson.

Turner Classic Movies

Devin DiMattia is a local actor and founding member of the performance group, Pineapple Shaped Lamps (PSL).  While he's been comfortable writing skits and short scripts for stage performance, DiMattia has taken the leap to create a full play, one that reflects his appreciation of 20th century radio drama.  DiMattia's The Continuing Adventures of the Crimson Shadow opened last weekend at The Red Barn Studio Theatre and runs Thursdays-Sundays throu

Wilmington Premiere: "Green Day's American Idiot"

Apr 16, 2016

Thalian Association presents the premiere production of a relatively new rock opera (first staged in 2010), Green Day's American Idiot.  

Brunswick Concert Band: "Spring Bouquet" on Sunday

Apr 16, 2016

Brunswick Concert Band presents Spring Bouquet, a concert featuring tunes from Sousa, Broadway, Swing and more.  The final performance is Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 at Ocean Isle Park Amphitheatre. The concert is free of charge.  Listen to Pat Marriott's interview with Director Tom Smicklas and bassoonist Barb Dockerdy about the concert.  

Guardian ad Litem Seeks Volunteers

Apr 12, 2016

Guardian ad Litems from New Hanover and Pender Counties, Lynne Fender and Patrick Murphy, joined us in the studio to talk about the work of Guardians-and the great need for more volunteers in our region.