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.    

Local actors Anthony Lawson and Holli Saperstein have created the newest theatre company in town: Panache.  The company's first show is Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris' narrative that brings melancholy and hilarity together in the form of a disgruntled elf named Crumpet (stuck in a shopping mall, not the North Pole).  The show has been produced in Wilmington multiple times over the years with a some of our best local actors playing the role of Crumpet-it seems only appropriate that Lawson join the club.  

Pat Marriott spoke with the artists behind the work in our latest MC Erny Gallery exhibit, Paper & Paint.  Kathy Stovall (collage, monoprint) and Joan McLoughlin (acrylics) discuss their work and inspiration.  The exhibit is open for viewing weekdays, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, plus a special 2-hour opening on Friday, December 11 from 6-8 as a part of the Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll.

The world-class Army Ground Forces Band is coming to Wilmington for a one-night performance at CFCC's Arts & Humanities Center.  Wilmington is one of 4 North Carolina locations enjoying this treat.  This holiday concert is on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are free.

Festival of Trees at Aquarium through December 6

Dec 2, 2015

The Lower Cape Fear Hospice presents The Festival of Trees at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher this year.   Laurie Taylor, the Vice-President of Development at Hospice, joined us to talk about the festival and the programs the Festival supports.

Joan Leotta is an author, journalist, storyteller, and teacher.  She's had a particularly busy year wearing her author hat, publishing 3 books in 2015:  Secrets of the Heart, Simply a Smile, and WHOOSH!  These books are available from local booksellers, including Old Books on Front Street, 2 Sisters Bookery, and Pomegranate Books.  

James J. Kaufman's debut novel, The Collectibles, was an award-winning bestseller.  He followed up with The Concealers and has just released the third book in the trilogy, The Conciliators.  Kaufman's writing has been compared to Michael Crichton (Manhattan Book Review) and called a "soul-stirring thriller" (Chicago Sun Times).  Listen to our interview with Kaufman to get a sense of the depth and meaning in his storytelling.

The Carolina Pine Music Festival

Nov 20, 2015

The Carolina Pine Music Festival kicks off tonight at the Brooklyn Arts Center.  Anna Mann and Will Daube joined forces to create this festival; they had a small version in May, but this is the big one.  For three days, 28 local bands are playing.  See a list of performers here.  

Friday 11/20:  Brooklyn Arts Center, 4:00pm-11:00pm

Classical Guitarist Justin Hoke Releases "Open Sky"

Nov 19, 2015

Classical guitarist Justin Hoke is having a CD Release party Thursday, November 19.  He'll play music from his disc, Open Sky at UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall.  The music can be purchased in hard copy or downloaded.   

Listen to the interview above to hear Justin play Una Limosnaa por el Amor de Dios by Agustin Barrios.  

Art Sale at Jenny McKinnon Wright's House

Nov 19, 2015

While everyone else is cleaning up for expected guests and hectic with Thanksgiving preparations, Jenny McKinnon Wright has made a tradition of inviting the public into her Historic home the weekend prior to the holiday.  This year, hundreds of works will be on display at Jenny's house on Front Street. In addition to her own art, the art sale features work from Betty Brown, Dot Daughtry, Barbara Bear Jamison, Rena Powell McQueen, Annie Newbold Perkins, and Jodie Wren Rippy.  These ladies are part of an art critique collective, formed by Annie Newbold Perkins several years ago.  

No Boundaries 2015: Exhibit Opens Saturday 11/21

Nov 18, 2015

Artists Fritzi Huber (Wilmington) and Michelle Connolly (Australia) visited the studio shortly before their departure for a yearly artist retreat-No Boundaries International Art Colony.  This year, the Colony at Bald Head Island hosts 12 artists, 8 from abroad.  Over the 2 week retreat, which began the second week of November, the artists create works in a mostly undistracted environment-even meals are prepared for them by volunteers.