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

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).

Rhonda speaks with Wilmington actor Fracaswell Hyman, director of the newly-released Netflix educational series "Bookmarks."

Rhonda speaks with Anne Brennan, executive director of Cameron Art Museum, who will discuss the museum's reopening following the announcement of Safer at Home Phase 2.5.

Ending Saturday, September 5th, this week's top stories include a visit from the president, City Council extended its "Downtown Alive" program, how mail-in ballots will be processed and counted in this year’s election.   

Rhonda speaks with Alicia Alexander and Yolanda House, who participated in Working Narratives' Shoresides Resilience Media Fellowship exploring Hurricane Florence’s impact on coastal residents. 

Rhonda speaks with Nancy King, artistic director of Opera Wilmington, who discusses the August 30th Sunday Salon featuring some of the principal singers in their 2021 production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute".

On this week's Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy, Rhonda speaks with acclaimed cinematographer Tom Priestley, who reflects on the legacy of Chunky Huse, a local film community legend who died at the age of 80. 

On this week's Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Chris Everett, director of "Wilmington on Fire: Chapter 2," which has added Hilarie Burton Morgan (of "One Tree Hill" fame) as executive producer. 

This week, Rhonda speaks to Tony Rivenbark, director of Thalian Hall, who will reflect on the legacy of the late Wilmington actress and broadcaster Kitty Fitzgibbon.

This week, Rhonda speaks to Oskar Espina-Ruiz, Artistic Director of Chamber Music Wilmington. They speak about the future of CMW and its first ever Virtual Concert and Q&A next Thursday at 7:30 pm. Espina-Ruiz, clarinet, and Noriko Nagasawa, piano, will perform a program of Romantic works. WHQR's Music Director, Pat Marriott will will host the program, taking questions from the public in real time. 

Rhonda speaks to John Staton of StarNews, who helped to curate Curbside Cinema. Click here for Staton's review of Miss Juneteenth.

Rhonda Bellamy speaks with James Tritten of Fort Lowell Records about GROW: Getting Racism out of Wilmington, an indie rock compilation to benefit the NAACP.


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. 


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. 

Todd Carignan, 2020 Official Artist

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.