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Arts Council Director to Host Arts Program on WHQR

From our friends at the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, generous sponsors of our 2013 and 2017 Fall Conferences:

Rhonda Bellamy

WILMINGTON—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 12.

Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy will be a five-minute interview feature that will air on HQR News (91.3 FM and 98.9 FM) on Fridays at 9:01 am and 3:01 pm; and Saturdays and Sundays at 7:01 am, 1:01 pm, and 6:01 pm. It will also air on Classical HQR (92. FM 7 fm, 96.7 FM and 102.3 FM) on Fridays at 10:01 am, 1:01 pm and 7:01 pm; and Saturdays and Sundays at 5:01 am and 11:01 am.

Rhonda will welcome guests from all over the Cape Fear Region, talking about arts, culture, community, and more. Future guests and dates include: weekend of July 19—artists from MC Erny at WHQR Gallery and one other; weekend of July 26—Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.

Rhonda Bellamy is Executive Director of the Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC. She 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 twenty 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 (StarNews).

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.