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WHQR's New Feature Series: "Around Town With Rhonda Bellamy"

WHQR is pleased to announce a new local arts, culture and events program  – Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy – to air on HQR News and Classical HQR beginning July 12th.

Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy will be a five-minute interview feature that will air on HQR News (91.3fm and 98.9fm) on Fridays at 9:01am and 3:01pm; and Saturdays and Sundays at 7:01am, 1:01pm and 6:01pm. It will also air on Classical HQR (92.7fm, 96.7FM and 102.3fm) on Fridays at 10:01am, 1:01pm and 7:01pm; and Saturdays and Sundays at 5:01am and 11:01am.

Ms. Bellamy will be welcoming guests from all over the Cape Fear Region, talking about arts, culture, community and more. Future guests and dates include: weekend of July 12th – Opera Wilmington; weekend of July 19th – artists from MC Erny at WHQR Gallery and one other; weekend of July 26th – Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Those interested in submitting an idea for future consideration should email aroundtown@whqr.org.

Rhonda Bellamy is currently the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Wilmington and NHC. Bellamy has served on a variety of arts-related boards, including Cameron Art Museum, the Black Arts Alliance, Inc. and the North Carolina Black Film Festival, both of which she co-founded. In addition to her work in the arts, she has more than 20 years of experience in broadcast news. She previously served as news director for Cumulus Media’s five station radio cluster in Wilmington, as well as hosted a daily talk show. Bellamy has also authored and edited three books.

A graduate of North Carolina Central University, she has been honored as Women of the Year-New Hanover Human Relations Commission, YWCA Woman of Achievement in the Arts, and was named one of the 50 Most Influential Arts Leaders (Stars News).

WHQR Station Manager says “Rhonda will be a wonderful addition to the WHQR family. Her knowledge of the arts community is unmatched and we are thrilled that she’ll be bringing her history and great voice to WHQR. We can’t wait to feature our local creative community on the air in this new feature.”

Bellamy adds, "It's my honor to indulge my two passions in life -- quality broadcasting and the arts.  Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy will showcase the robust creative community that makes southeastern North Carolina such a great place to live, work, and create."


WHQR Public Media is a non-profit, member-supported, community-based public radio station, broadcasting from Wilmington. A trusted source for NPR and local news, WHQR serves southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina with HQR News at 91.3fm and 98.9fm, and Classical HQR at 92.7fm and 102.3fm. WHQR offers award-winning national and local news, music, entertainment and interaction to expand knowledge, encourage artistic appreciation, engage our community and promote civil discourse.

Interviews with WHQR staff and board members and images are available upon request.


Mary Bradley moved to Wilmington from Los Angeles, CA in May 2007 with her husband Frank and twin baby daughters, Maggie and Kate. In California, Mary had been Drive Director and the producer of Elvis Mitchell's nationally syndicated public radio interview program "The Treatment" for public radio station KCRW for ten years. Mary was raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Boston University. Mary recently served as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Cape Fear Chapter.