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
1:52 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

DOT Backtracks On 'Pink' Drivers For Temporary Status Immigrants

Credit NC Department Of Transportation

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced changes Thursday to the design of drivers licenses for certain illegal immigrants who qualify for temporary residency status under the federal Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. 

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Local News
12:36 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

State Auditor Makes Sure Tax Money Is Being Used As Intended

N.C. State Auditor Beth Wood
Credit Office of the State Auditor

Governor McCrory has released his budget for the next two years. He’s now got to work with state legislators to try to get his initiatives passed. And after the budget becomes law, it’s State Auditor Beth Wood’s job to make sure that more than $20 billion a year of state money is used as lawmakers intend it to be. Her office also audits $23 billion in federal grants. Duncan McFadyen spoke to Auditor Wood to find out more about what she does.


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Local News
5:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Charlotte Raps About RAP (Reverse Angle Parking)

Jason Lane, a Charlotte native, was commissioned to write a rap song about RAP (reverse angle parking). He now lives in Washington, D.C.
Tasnim Shamma WFAE

There are some new backward parking spaces in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood. The city’s put in reverse angle parking along three blocks of Commonwealth Ave – spaces that are angled against the direction of traffic, designed to be backed into. It’s part of a $4 million project to make the area more pedestrian and bike friendly. 

The reverse spaces also serve to narrow the street and slow down traffic. But, the concept of backing into these spaces goes against what we’re used to. And the result is a lot of confusion. 

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Local News
10:58 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Charlotte Has Few Legal Options If State Creates Regional Airport Authority

Charlotte Douglas Airport
Ken Lund flickr

North Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would strip control of the Charlotte airport from the city and create a regional authority to run it instead. The measure concerns Mayor Anthony Foxx. But it’s gained the support of others, including the chairman of the airport’s Advisory Committee.

It got us wondering – does the city have any legal recourse if it loses its airport? To answer that question, we turned to UNC-Chapel Hill public law and government professor Frayda Bluestein. She spoke with “Morning Edition” host Duncan McFadyen.

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Local News
11:14 am
Thu February 14, 2013

York County Looks At The Future Of Knights Stadium Property

A Charlotte Knights game at the team's stadium in Rock Hill, SC. The facility will stand empty in the 2014 season, when the team starts playing uptown.
Credit katiemeigs / Flickr

The Charlotte Knights are gearing up for their last season of baseball in Fort Mill, South Carolina---their home since 1990. Construction is underway Uptown on the new BB&T Field. That will leave York County with an empty stadium that could become a liability to taxpayers. So the county is looking at what to do with it, come 2014. Duncan McFadyen spoke to Mark Farris, Director of Economic Development for York county. He says a Charlotte company is interested in buying the stadium property, but the county is considering all of its options.


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Local News
10:34 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Charter School's Basketball Program Raises Questions Over State Funding

Credit GonchoA / Flickr

Charter schools are supposed to offer a free, independent alternative to traditional public schools. North Carolina has just over 100 of them, and the state board of education is expected to approve 25 more at its February meeting.

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Local News
6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

What's In An Elevator? 6th-Grader's Reviews A YouTube Hit

12 year old T.J. Burns calls the elevator outside of the WFAE studios.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Have you ever stopped to notice the different sounds an elevator makes? What the buttons look and feel like? Or where the emergency phone is?

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Interview
10:26 am
Thu January 24, 2013

App State Creates Ombuds Office To Resolve Professor-Student Conflicts

Big companies, government offices, and media outlets like NPR often have ombudsmen – they’re trained to handle complaints and to try to resolve disputes. And universities are no exception: NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, and Duke all have them. The latest UNC system school to create an ombudsman position is Appalachian State University in Boone. The school has appointed a long-time professor to set up the office, Jim Barnes. He’s been on the job since January 1. He says complaints last year about a professor factored into creating his position, but the idea had been discussed for a while.  Barnes talks to Morning Editon host Duncan McFadyen about getting the office off the ground.

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Local News
12:58 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Republicans Start The Year In Control Of NC House, Senate, And Governor's Mansion

Republicans now hold the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion and have majorities in both the state House and Senate for the first time in more than a hundred years. This week, Pat McCrory was sworn in as governor and the General Assembly convened its 2013 session. So now, the question is, “what will the GOP do now that it has control in Raleigh?”

Professor Michael Bitzer talks to Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen.


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Local News
6:02 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Lost Goat In Gaston County

The goat is housed alongside dogs and cats at the Gaston County Animal Shelter.
Credit Gaston County Animal Control

If you’re looking to adopt a dog or cat, you might search the local animal control’s website. But on the Gaston County Animal Shelter’s website, the pull down menu also includes a “livestock” option. If you select it, you’ll find one listing: a brown and white male goat.

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