Around Town With Rhonda Bellamy

Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy is a five-minute interview feature that airs 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 welcomes guests from all over the Cape Fear Region, talking about arts, culture, community and more.

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. 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).

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Rhonda Bellamy speaks with UNCW's Aaron Wilcox about Protest Signs: Projected Voices of the Community, a juried virtual art show featuring "passionate, poignant messages that are projected through (protest) signs.


Rhonda Bellamy speaks with Shane Fernando, Vice President of Advancement & Arts at the Wilson Center, about the new Drive-in Concert Series at the Wilson Center. 


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Rhonda Bellamy speaks with Wilmington's own Jonas Pate, creator of the new Netflix series Outer Banks. 


Rhonda Bellamy speaks with Kevin Blackburn, Executive Director of the DREAMS Center for Arts Education, which celebrates its 23rd birthday this week. 


Rhonda Bellamy speaks with Wilmington Symphony Orchestra executive director Liz Scanlon.


Rhonda Bellamy speaks with Fidias Reyes, Interim Director of Arts Engagement, about UNCW's Best Seat in the House, a hub for the sharing of live and prerecorded performances of local, regional, and national artists during the coronavirus crisis. 


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Rhonda Bellamy speaks with Executive Director Alison Baringer English about The North Carolina Azalea Festival, which has been cancelled due to Covid-19. 


Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Shane Fernando to speak about The Wilson Center's Ghostlight Series, created to support Wilmington local area artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Rhonda Bellamy sits down with John Staton, Fracaswell Hyman and Maxwell Paige to talk about the upcoming Wilmington Theater Awards on Wednesday, March 11 at Thalian Hall.


Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Rebecca Busch of Cinema Sisters International Film Festival to be held March 6-7 at Jengo's Playhouse.


Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Shelly O'Rourke to talk about WHQR's exhibit "Dash Loves You:" Photography by the late Dashiell Titus Parker.


Rhonda speaks with Ray Kennedy, director of Opera House Theatre's upcoming production of "The Sound of Music."


Rhonda Bellamy speaks with Silivea Johnson, who will direct Voices, the new Community Arts Center Choir for singers of all skill levels. 


Rhonda Bellamy speaks with Kevin Lee-y Green, who is directing the musical "Dreamgirls" on Thalian Hall's Main Stage, February 6-16.


Rhonda Bellamy sits down with director Ken Greenman and also Carolyn Stringer, who will star in Brunswick Little Theatre's production of "The Belle of Amherst", a one-woman show about poet Emily Dickinson January 30 - February 2, 2020.

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Paula Haller, chair of Wilmington's annual DocuTime documentary film festival presented by WHQR Public Media and UNCW Department of Film Studies set for January 25, 2020. 

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with  Sandy Evans to chat about the 40th Annual NC Jazz Festival taking place January 23rd – 25th at Hotel Ballast. 

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Sharon Van Teyens and Toni Radcliffe of the New Hanover Garden Club to talk about Art & The Bloom, a fine art and floral design challenge exhibition taking place January 9th - 12th at the Blockade Runner Resort.

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Ashley Strand, who will discuss his upcoming solo performance of the Gospel According to Mark, King James Live, produced by Alchemical Theatre, Jan 9-11 and 16-18 at Ronald Sachs Violins. 

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Benny Hill to discuss the 3rd Annual Benny Hill Quartet Scholarship Concert featuring trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis from the “First family of Jazz” on Jan 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilson Center.

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Deborah Kaeser, who will lead the AIDS Memorial Quilt Panel-Making Workshop at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center on December 16.

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Jerry Cribbs, artistic director and conductor of Cape Fear Chorale, to discuss Sounds of the Season: Sing Fa La La La. 

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Anne Brennan, executive director of Cameron Art Museum, to discuss Illumination 2019 and other programs and exhibits at the Museum.

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Stephen Meinhold, president of the North Carolina Azalea Festival, and Alison Barringer English, executive director, to talk about the unveiling of the official art this year.

Rhonda sits down with Cucalorus executive director Dan Brawley, who will talk about the film festival's 25th anniversary from Nov. 13-17 at various venues in Wilmington.

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with David Gessner, chair of UNCW's Creative Writing Department, and our own George Scheibner to talk about the memorial and endowed fellowship for the late Phil Furia, writer and creator of WHQR's "The Great American Songbook".  

 

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Carolyn Thomas, of Friends of the Arboretum, to talk about Art at the Arboretum, the largest coastal outdoor art show in North Carolina which takes place November 1-3.

 

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with the director of Pineapple-Shaped Lamps to talk about "Laughing in the Dark", an evening of spooky sketch comedy coming to Thalian Hall this October. 

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Tony Rivenbark, executive director of Thalian Hall, to talk about "Harlem 100", a multimedia performance by jazz band Mwenso & the Shakes celebrating the centennial of the Harlem Renaissance.  

 

Rhonda sits down with Father Peter Robichau of the organizing committee for the Cape Fear Bluegrass Festival and Jones Smith of Folkstone Stringband.   

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