Duncan McFadyen

Duncan is a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Wilmington. A lifelong musician, he got his start in broadcasting as a volunteer classical music host at his hometown public radio station, WHQR. He went on to host “Morning Edition” there, and then at WCQS in Asheville.

He enjoys live music, hiking, playing the piano, Scotch whisky, and craft beer.

Duncan is an alumnus of  the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by way of Duke University .


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Greg Knight was a finalist in a highly-respected piano competition. He's not a professional pianist. Knight is a software engineer from Morganton. The competition he performed so well in is this year’s Van Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition. 

Charlotte Area Transit System

The price you’ll pay to ride Charlotte Area Transit is going up in some cases, but CATS is not calling it a fare increase. The price of an individual ride is not going up, but the price of weekly passes is increasing from $22 to $30.80. CATS is also doing away with discounts on several 10-ride passes and reducing some volume discounts for people who buy transit passes through their employers.

College of Charleston

On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof shot and killed nine black parishioners at a bible study at Emanuel AME church in Charleston. Affectionately known as Mother Emanuel, the church has been a source of African-American pride and resilience since its founding nearly 200 years ago. It was the Southernmost church in the first black religious denomination in the U.S.

To find out more about the church’s importance in African-American history, WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen spoke with College of Charleston History Professor Bernard Powers. He studies the African Methodist Episcopal church and is a co-author of the book We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel.

Carolinas HealthCare System

The U.S. Justice Department and the North Carolina attorney general filed suit in federal court Thursday against Carolinas Healthcare System, the Charlotte area’s largest health care provider. They argue that CHS’s contracts with insurance companies drive down competition.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Charlotte Mecklenburg police officers shot and killed an 18-year-old man Thursday night, following a shooting on a CATS bus. 


As Hurricane season begins this week, there’s something to keep in mind. Although these storms are known for bad things like strong winds, heavy rain, downed trees, flooding, and power outages. There may be an upside. Researchers at Duke University say they can bring much-needed rain during droughts. 

Mecklenburg County Health Department

Mecklenburg County’s health director says one way to possibly curb childhood obesity is to prohibit fast food restaurants from opening near schools.  Dr. Marcus Plescia has received a lot of attention for the idea, which he mentioned last week during a presentation to county commissioners. But he says it was one small part of an overall plan. 


Oprah Winfrey is speaking this Sunday at Johnson C. Smith University’s commencement. The media mogul has a personal connection to three young women at the Charlotte school. They’re graduates of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, the school she opened in South Africa in 2007. 

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The League of Women Voters, the North Carolina NAACP and others are appealing a federal ruling that upheld North Carolina's 2013 voting overhaul. At the heart of the case is this question: does the law disenfranchise African-Americans? WFAE's Michael Tomsic joined Duncan McFadyen to discuss how the federal judge addressed that question in his ruling this week.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory released more details Friday morning from his budget plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year that starts July 1.