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
11:02 am
Thu November 29, 2012

UNC Charlotte Student Government Discusses Gender-Neutral Housing

UNC Charlotte student Anthony Dondero in front of the student union.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

UNC Charlotte’s Student Government Association is meeting November 29 to discuss gender-neutral housing. The proposal would ask school administrators to allow students to choose roommates of the opposite sex. The student group Campus Allies has been working for more than a year to get gender neutral housing at UNCC. Anthony Dondero is a transgendered member of the group. He chose to live off campus.

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Local News
10:28 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Athletic Department Insider Says UNC Tolerated Cheating

There are new allegations in the academic scandal in the UNC-Chapel Hill athletic department. UNC’s football team is already on NCAA probation, in part for improper help players got from a tutor. Now, a former academic support counselor named Mary Willingham has come forward with allegations that numerous people in her department knew there were problems, but looked the other way. In some cases, athletes were so far behind that academic success was almost impossible--- she says some had never read a book and didn’t know what a paragraph was.

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Local News
9:57 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Storm Surges Wreck Only Highway Off Hatteras Island

N.C. Highway 12 after Superstorm Sandy wrecked sandbag structures built to protect it
N.C. Deparment of Transportation

In the outer banks, storm surges are destroying parts of the one highway onto and off of Hatteras Island. That’s despite massive sandbag structures the state Department of Transportation built a few years ago along the most battered section of N.C. Highway 12. The structures are covered to look like dunes, and they’re 20 feet wide, six feet tall and stretch for almost a half-mile. 

But Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the sandbags.

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Local News Features
11:49 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Charlotte Symphony Showcases Young Musicians

Christopher Warren-Green leads the Charlotte Symphony in a rehearsal of Mozart's Mass in c minor
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Charlotte Symphony Music Director Christopher Warren-Green is paying it forward. He credits singing in a church choir as a boy for sparking his interest in music. Now, as a professional conductor, he’s leading an orchestra with an ambitious mission: to become the region’s primary source for music education. Warren-Green has invited more than two dozen elementary through high school students from groups sponsored by the Symphony to join the Orchestra and Oratorio singers on stage at their performances November 16 and 17 at the Belk Theater.

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Election 2012
10:35 am
Mon November 5, 2012

The Week In Politics: Early Voting Ends, North Carolina Tight In Presidential, 8th District Races

WFAE's political analyst Michael Bitzer has been joining Morning Edition Host Duncan McFadyen most Fridays. He's a political scientist at Catawba College in Salisbury. They spoke on the final Friday before the November 2012 election to take one last look at various races in North Carolina.

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Election 2012
10:17 am
Mon October 22, 2012

The Week In Politics: "Unaffiliated" Voters, SuperPAC Enters Judicial Race, DNCC Funding Falls Short

There are more unaffiliated voters than ever before in North Carolina.
ragesoss/Flickr

Early voting is now underway in North Carolina. And this year, registration data show more voters are choosing not to affiliate with any political party. One quarter of the state’s electorate is now “unaffiliated”---a rise of 21 percent since 2008. In fact, in Mecklenburg County, unaffiliated voters have overtaken Republicans. But NOT SO FAST says WFAE’s political analyst Michael Bitzer. He’s been analyzing the data, and he tells Duncan McFadyen just because people are distancing themselves from parties, it doesn’t mean they’ve changed their partisan leanings.

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Local News
10:43 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Bill Friday Helped To Found WFAE

University of North Carolina

On October 17, generations of North Carolina leaders gathered in Chapel Hill to remember UNC System President Emeritus Bill Friday. Friday is widely credited with creating the 16 campus state university system. And, for the last three decades, he was in the homes of UNC-TV viewers as the host of “North Carolina People.” But Friday also had a hand in the establishment of WFAE.

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Election 2012
12:59 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

The Week In Politics: Assessing The Impact Of The VP Debate, "Robo-Calls" In NC Governor's Race

Congressman Paul Ryan (right), Vice President Joe Biden
paulryan.house.gov and whitehouse.gov

The presidential race tightened in the week following the first debate. So, the stakes were high Thursday night when Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan faced off in the campaign’s only vice presidential debate. Each candidate tried to show his command of the facts, but but this is politics, so to what extent were the candidates selecting those facts to make their ideas look better? WFAE political analyst Michael Bitzer talks to Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen.

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Election 2012
12:46 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

The Week In Politics: Do Political Debates Matter?

University of Denver

Some people call political debates the “super bowl” of politics. The media was speculating that Wednesday night’s presidential face-off “could change everything.”

So, did it? And what about the North Carolina gubernatorial debate just a couple of hours before? Do debates actually change voters’ minds? Duncan McFadyen checked in with Catawba College Political Scientist Michael Bitzer.

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Local News
11:21 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Asheville Police Evidence Room Audit Sparks Public Records Debate

1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team/Flickr

The Police Evidence Room in Asheville is the subject of an intense public records battle. More than a year ago, a partial audit revealed guns, drugs, and cash were missing. The police chief resigned.

Another, more thorough audit has been completed. But the district attorney won’t release its findings. He says it’s part of an ongoing SBI investigation.

A coalition of media groups sued for the audit’s release, and last week, a judge sided with the DA.

Jon Elliston is covering the dispute for the investigative website Carolina Public Press, which is a plaintiff in the lawsuit. He spoke to Duncan McFadyen

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