Midday Interview with Gina Gambony

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

During our Classical block on 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 this week- November 23-27.

Monday 11/23:  Joan McLoughlin & Kathy Stovall, the artists behind the "Paper & Paint" exhibit opening this Friday, November 27 in the MC Erny Gallery. 

Tuesday 11/24:  Author and storyteller Joan Leotta, talking about latest publications and work that's on the way.

Wednesday 11/25:  Actor Anthony David Lawson, bringing Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris to life this year with his new theatre company, Panache.  

Thursday 11/26:  Unless pumpkin pie can speak, don't expect a guest today.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Friday 11/27:  Laurie Taylor, giving us all the details about The Festival of the Trees 2015 from the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center.

Futurist Talks about Libraries on CFCC Stage

Oct 27, 2015

We were joined in the studio by the Director of the New Hanover County Library, Harry Tuchmayer, and the Assistant Director, Paige Owens.  Tuchmayer and Owens were here to talk about the speaker series People, Place & Platform.  The series kicks off on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 at the CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center.  The speaker is futurist Thomas Frey from The DaVinci Institute.

Charley Winterbauer, President of the Cape Fear Audubon Society, joined us in the studio last week.  The Audubon Society has a special program, "Discover the Wonder of Birds," a hands-on, interactive experience for youth and adults to learn about our feathered friends.  The program travels to schools and community centers; this weekend, it will be a part of The Native Plant Festival at the

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, and perhaps it is:  A Zombie, a Vampire, and a Werewolf Walk Into a Bar... is a new play written by local author & playwright Calie Voorhis.

City Ballet

The City Ballet of Wilmington is staging "A Carolina Nutcracker" this year, set in 1865 Wilmington-imagined as a Christmas tale in the glory of the Bellamy Mansion.  This local twist is incorporated into the traditional production of the Nutcracker, featuring the full-length ballet, and notably, live orchestral music and a choir conducted by Alex Hill.  

Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes reading difficult, regardless of the intelligence of the person experiencing it.  In the past, dyslexia was poorly understood and was largely blamed on educational deficiencies rather than cognitive conditions.  Since the 1980's, a great deal of research has yielded a better understanding of dyslexia, including appropriate methods to mitigate the effects.  Still, social understanding of the disability lags behind the research.

"West Side Story" Has Message for Modern Youth

Oct 11, 2015

Actress Peyton Furtado (Maria) and director David Loudermilk joined us in the studio to talk about the latest production by Thalian Association Children's Theatre (TACT): the ever-popular musical West Side Story.  This award-winning musical stays fresh across generations, and as we discussed, it might be unfortunate that racism and violence are still obstacles for youth decade after decade.

Halloween "Yam Jam" at Portia Hines Park

Oct 7, 2015
Jr. League of Wilmington

Last week, Pat Marriott spoke with Jana Jones-Hall and Paige Blaire from Wilmington's Blue Ribbon Commission.  After working to rebuild and reinvigorate Portia Hines Park in the Youth Enrichment Zone downtown, a fall celebration called "The Yam Jam" is becoming a tradition.  Over 17,000 pounds of yams and other produce are just a part of the fun-there will also be a bounce house, face-painting, and "trunk or treat" for Halloween.  

"The Addams Family" was an invention of cartoonist Charles Addams, running in The New Yorker for 50 years beginning in 1938.  The public attraction to this eccentric and macabre family of anti-socialites has staying power; over the years, the family has been crafted into 2 television shows (live and animated), video games, movies, and now, The Addams Family Musical.

"Old Books" Celebrates National Banned Books Week

Sep 28, 2015
American Library Association

This week is National Banned Books Week, so you can expect some happenings at Old Books on Front Street.  

The Ariel Quartet at Beckwith Recital Hall

Sep 27, 2015

The "Simply Classical" season presented by Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW) begins Sunday, September 27 at UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall.  The Ariel Quartet, mentored by Itzhak Perlman since its inception in 1998, is the season-starter,  playing Mozart's Quartet in E-flat Major, Wiesenberg's Between the Sacred and the Profane, and Beethoven's Quartet in A Minor.