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 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.   

Betsy Knowles, co-owner of theArtWorks, and Brian Peterson, acclaimed photographer and long-time curator for the James A. Michener Museum, join Rhonda Bellamy in the studio to discuss his upcoming solo exhibition at The Artworks.  

Barbara McKenzie, co-founder and artistic director of Chamber Music Wilmington, and WHQR's Pat Marriott, honorary advisory board member, join Rhonda Bellamy in the studio to discuss CMW's 25th season.    

Franchon Francees, director of Working Narrative's Coastal Youth Media Project, joins Rhonda Bellamy in the studio to discuss an upcoming Youth Media Training & Journalism Workshop.

Around Town With Rhonda Bellamy: Jazz at CAM

Aug 23, 2019

Daphne Holmes, Curator of Public Programs at the Cameron Art Museum and Primus Robinson, President of the Cape Fear Jazz Society, join Rhonda Bellamy in the studio to discuss the upcoming Jazz at the CAM series and so much more.

Around Town With Rhonda Bellamy: Alisa Harris

Aug 15, 2019

It's the end of an era for Theatre Now, Wilmington's award-winning dinner and children's theater complex and they're going out with a proverbial bang, Clue the Musical. Around Town’s Rhonda Bellamy speaks with Alisa Harris, the owner and producer of Theatre Now.

Around Town With Rhonda Bellamy: Billy Elliot the Musical

Aug 9, 2019

Fresh off the heels of the exuberant Five Guys Named Moe, Opera House Theatre Company is back with another big score, the Wilmington premiere of Billy Elliot the Musical. Around Town’s Rhonda Bellamy sits down for a discussion with Opera House Theatre Company’s thirteen year old star, Liam Redford and actress Nancy Allen.   

Culture connects across the two bridges, linking Wilmington to rapidly growing Brunswick County. Around Town’s Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Julianne Scott, Cultural Arts Manager of the Leland Cultural Arts Center and Susan Habas, Executive Director of the Thalian Association.




  Around Town’s Rhonda Bellamy takes a sneak peek at the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra's upcoming 2019-20 Season, with Nicole Thompson, WSO's Marketing and Operations Director.   The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra's 2019-20 Concert Series includes works by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Piazzolla, Handel, Bach, Mozart, Mahler and a commissioned work by Steven Errante for the North Carolina Azalea Festival. 

Around Town With Rhonda Bellamy: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights

Jul 19, 2019

Around Town’s Rhonda Bellamy takes at look at Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Nights with award-winning artist Peggy Vineyard, Steve Fox of Century 21, and Amy Grant of Art in Bloom Gallery. 

Around Town’s Rhonda Bellamy chats with Nancy King, Artist Director of Opera Wilmington about their upcoming performance of La Bohème.