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.

Recovery Rock Fest: Folk & Rock / Clean & Sober

Aug 12, 2015

Nyla Petruccione founded Recovery Rock Fest not just for people in addiction recovery; it's also for anyone who loves rock and folk music, but who would like to experience it without the alcohol/drug culture.  Nyla put on a similar festival in Florida, but this is the first one  she is directing in Wilmington.  Performers are Melissa Ferrick, Stray Local,

Don Skinner launched Phoenix Employment Ministries in 2002.  He just retired from his post as the Executive Director and by December, he'll be fully retired.  We had the opportunity to chat with Don as he reflects on the work he's done and how to release it as he leaves the organization in able hands.  

The Real Thing

Aug 7, 2015

Thalian Association (TA) has spent the summer staging plays at the intimate theatre on 3rd Street, the Red Barn Studio Theatre.  The offerings have been different than the popular musicals TA often produces; instead, thoughtful and sometimes intense dramas have been on the ticket.

Ray Kennedy is wearing the director's hat and the choreographer's cravat for Chicago, produced by Opera House Theatre Company at Thalian Hall.   Ray and actress Michelle Braxton (Mama Morton) came into the studio to tell us all about the show-a fun conversation about the history of the show, Reality TV, and the top-notch performers in this production. 

This weekend: Stuff the Bus!

Aug 5, 2015

Bethany Leighton, the Resource Development Director with Communities in Schools, visited our studio to tell us about the Stuff the Bus campaign.  School supplies are being collected for students in all grade levels, so items ranging from crayons to calculators to composition books are needed.  These supplies are funneled through social workers at area schools for distribution to students in need.  

"Simply Classical" from Chamber Music Wilmington

Aug 4, 2015

Barbara McKenzie, the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW), joined us along with outgoing president Pat Marriott to announce the performers CMW is bringing to Wilmington over the next several months.   

Phil Stine is the incoming president; hopefully, we'll hear from Phil later this season.

"Miss Firecracker" at Cape Fear Playhouse

Jul 30, 2015

Big Dawg Productions has 2 productions staged simultaneously-The Hermit of Fort Fisher is at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre through August 2, while "The Miss Firecracker Contest" is on the stage of the Cape Fear Playhouse.

Luncheon for Literacy with Guest Dean Norris

Jul 27, 2015

The Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) is holding its 6th annual Literacy Luncheon.  This fundraising event offers entertainment, success stories from students, and special guest speaker Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, Under the Dome).  

Verdi's RIGOLETTO by Opera Wilmington

Jul 17, 2015
Erik Maasch

Opera Wilmington premiered last summer with The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar; this summer, they present their second production Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.   Artistic Director Nancy King and young baritone Joshua Conyers joined us to talk about the production. 

On Saturday, July 18, a free "Behind the Scenes" tour is open to the public at UNCW's Cultural Arts Building.  The show opens on Friday, July 24. 

National Philanthropy Day

Jul 17, 2015

Vicki Dull is the Executive Director of the Harrelson Center in downtown Wilmington, while Bethany Leighton is the Resource Development Director for Communities in Schools.  They work together in the Association for Fundraising Professionals, or AFP.