Duncan McFadyen

Weekend Edition Saturday Host/Reporter

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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Local News
5:30 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Family Dollar Announces Lower Earnings, Plans To Sell Beer And Wine

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Family Dollar yesterday announced net income for the third quarter fell by 33 percent to $81.1 million. Same store sales dropped 1.8 percent over the same period last year. 


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Local News
10:24 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Doctor, Teacher Charged With Prescription Fraud

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A Rowan County doctor and his wife turned themselves in Wednesday morning after being indicted in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain the prescription pain killer hydrocodone. Overall, police have charged eight people, most of whom are teachers or teacher assistants.


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Local News
3:50 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Icahn Exercises Option And Buys 9.4% Stake In Family Dollar

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Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn Wednesday exercised his stock options and became Family Dollar’s largest shareholder. The stock price for the Matthews-based company has gone up 8 percent since Icahn started pushing for a sale.


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There And Back
2:56 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

There And Back: Crowders Mountain And Kings Mountain

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Last summer we profiled attractions that you can visit as a day trip from the Charlotte region. The series was called “There and Back.” We are going to revisit that series each Wednesday for the rest of this summer.  In this installment, we visit Crowders Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park.


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Local News
5:03 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

UnitedHealthCare Will Offer Health Insurance On N.C. Exchange In 2015

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People looking to buy health insurance through the North Carolina exchange may soon have another company to choose from. UnitedHealthCare plans to offer federally-subsidized coverage in the state starting next year.


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Local News
8:35 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

N.C. DENR Cites Duke Energy For More Leaking Drain Pipes At Coal Ash Dams

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The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has completed its review of video inspections of drain pipes at Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds. Engineers say Duke needs to repair or fill in pipes at all of its coal plants. The state issued 14 citations earlier this month and another nine yesterday. The drain pipes are part of the system that filters overflow water from coal ash ponds and sends it under the dams into nearby lakes or rivers. DENR spokeswoman Bridget Munger says the state ordered Duke to record video from inside the pipes following the large coal ash spill in February at Duke’s retired Dan River plant. But she explains that unlike the pipe that broke at Dan River, these pipes run under the dams, not under the ponds themselves.


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Local News
5:48 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Winthrop Trustees Fire President

Winthrop University Trustees voted June 26, 2014 to fire President Jamie Comstock Williamson. Board Chair Kathy Bigham (C) reads a statement.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Winthrop University’s Board of Trustees Thursday fired the school’s president, Jamie Comstock Williamson, after less than a year on the job.


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Local News
4:59 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Leaders Want More Information About I-77 Toll Project

The project would widen I-77 between Mooresville and uptown Charlotte.
Credit North Carolina Dept. of Transportation

The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to sign a contract with a private company to build and operate toll lanes on I-77 between Lake Norman and Uptown Charlotte. But some lawmakers want more answers from the DOT before the state finalizes its agreement.


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Local News
4:49 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Activist Investor Icahn Demands Immediate Sale Of Family Dollar

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Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn is demanding that Family Dollar be put up for sale immediately.  Icahn earlier this month bought a 9.4 percent share in the Matthews-based discount retailer, making him the company’s largest shareholder. Family Dollar’s board immediately enacted a so-called “poison pill” measure to prevent Icahn or other large investors from buying a controlling stake in the company.

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Local News
5:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Rock Hill's Short-Lived Auto Manufacturer: The Anderson Motor Company

The 1921 Anderson on display at the Old Cotton Mill in downtown Rock Hill, S.C.
Credit Jim Stratakos / The Rock Hill Herald

It’s time for another stop Along the Great Wagon Road, WFAE’s series exploring the history of the Charlotte region with Tom Hanchett of the Levine Museum of the New South. In this installment, the story of a car company in an unexpected place.

In 1881, the first cotton mill opened in Rock Hill, South Carolina—the first in the state to be powered by steam. Over the next 15 years, the town’s population would grow more than seven times over. By the early 20th Century, that mill would have an unusual neighbor: the Anderson Motor Company.


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