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).

On this episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Emily Colin and John Klelamp about the Young Adult anthology Unbound: Stories of Transformation, Love, and Monsters to be released on February 15, 2021.

On this episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks about the lives and legacies of two area musicians who recently passed away -- folk musician and storyteller John Golden and reggae artist Tony Dread Reese.

On this week's episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Gary Gillespie Israel and Frances Hawk, who discuss the year-long centennial exhibition of works by renowned sculptor Dorothy Gillespie. 

On this week's episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Wilson Center director Shane Fernando, who is serving as Regional Outreach Coordinator for the National Independent Venues Association (NIVA) for North Carolina and South Carolina. They discuss the $15 billion SBA program to provide financial support to performance venues. 

On this episode of Around Town, Rhonda Bellamy talks about several local film events, including a chat with Wilmington Jewish Film Festival Communications Chair Pam Sender about the festival's Winter Pop-Up film, Aulcie

On this week's episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with abstract artist Dick Roberts of Acme Studios and Amy Grant of Art in Bloom Gallery who speak about the collaborative exhibition "Tributaries of Abstraction," on view through January 29, 2021. 

On this week's episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Opera House Theatre Company's Ray Kennedy and their new musical director Brian Whitted, discussing The Piano Man Holiday Cabaret at the Blockade Runner December 18-19, 2020.

Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Art in the Arboretum

Nov 27, 2020

On this week's Around Town, Rhonda speaks with John Ranalli and Larry Sackett, who talk about the 25th Art in the Arboretum online and sale, presented by Friends of the Arboretum and the Wilmington Art Association.

On this week's episode, Rhonda speaks with Maureen Lewis, founder of the Carolina Beach Mural Project, which has commissioned three murals in 2020.

On this week's episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Georgia Mastroieni and September Krueger about Cameron Art Museum's upcoming Clyde's Holiday by the Sea and Illumination 2020 exhibit.  

On this week's episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Dan Brawley of the Cucalorus Festival, which is in its 26th season. 

On this week's episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Emily Louise Smith, organizer of the 21st Annual Writers' Week presented by UNCW's Creative Writing Department. Writers' Week, Nov 2 - 6, will present craft talks, readings, and panels, which will be virtual and open to the public. 

On this episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Susan Buteau of Water + Color Gallery, a new fine art gallery in the RiverLights community.

Rhonda speaks with Techmoja Dance and Theater Company co-founder and artistic director Kevin Lee-Y Green who was selected for a National Dance Project grant from The New England Foundation for the Arts.

On this week's episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Greyson Davis, who helped curate the Black Lives Do Matter public art installation in downtown Wilmington. 

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.