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 .



Election 2012
1:03 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Political Roundup: 8th, 9th District Races Gear Up In Debates

The Charlotte area was busy with congressional debates this week. In the 8th district, incumbent Democratic Congress Larry Kissell faced with his Republican challenger, Richard Husdon.

And in the 9th District, Republican Rich Pittenger and Democrat Jennifer Roberts debated at a Charlotte Chamber of Commerce event. They are running to replace retiring 9th District Republican Congresswoman Sue Myric.

Our political blogger, Michael Bitzer, analyzed the races and the debates with WFAE’s Michael Tomsic and Duncan McFadyen. Here’s a transcript of their conversation:

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1:37 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

The Week In Politics: The 47%, Outside Money In NC Governor’s Race, 8th Dist. Congressional Debate

With less than two months to Election Day, candidates from the presidency down the ticket are facing more scrutiny. That was clearly evidenced in comments released this week in which Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, speaking at a fund-raiser, referred to 47 percent of Americans as “dependent on government.”

WFAE’s political analyst, Professor Michael Bitzer, joins Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen to review the week’s political news.

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Local News
11:38 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Small Town Mayor Still Serving A Year After He Tried To Retire

Earl Poplin

Disputes over election results are somewhat common when the vote is close, and they usually get resolved. But there was no resolution to the disputed mayoral election in the town of Mt. Gilead, N.C.

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1:28 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Kayaker Caroline Queen Reflects On Her Experience At The London Olympics

Carolina Queen training at the US National White Water Center in Charlotte.
Tanner Latham

WFAE followed Davidson College junior and Olympic kayaker Caroline Queen’s Olympic experience. As the fall semester got underway, she spoke to Duncan McFadyen about her time in London.

MCFADYEN: What was it like, going over to London, knowing you were competing in the Olympic Games? Tell us some of your experiences. 

Well I think London was a wonderful host city.  Everyone was really excited to have us, and it was pretty well organized from what I could tell. It was just an incredible experience overall; definitely unique.

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Election 2012
1:06 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

North Carolina Governor’s Race Draws Millions In Outside Spending

The North Carolina governor’s race is getting a lot of attention from outside spending groups. Both Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory are getting help from organizations like the Republican and Democratic Governor’s Association Paul Abowd of the Center for Public Integrity has been following the race. Morning Edition Host Duncan McFadyen recently asked him just HOW much money is being spent.

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Election 2012
11:01 am
Fri September 7, 2012

The Week In Politics: Democrats Fire Up For Obama, Galvanize Clinton As Elder Statesman

President Obama accepts his party's nomination Thursday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.

President Obama made his case for a second term last night in Charlotte. It capped two weeks of political madness. Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer joins Duncan McFadyen to talk about the week in politics.

MCFADYEN: So, you were in the hall last night---all last week, I believe. What did you think of the president’s speech and the crowd’s reaction to it?

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DNC 2012
11:58 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Party-Crashing The DNC To Monitor Corporate, Union Influence

The Democratic National Convention is in full swing.  The speeches have begun and so have the parties.  The Sunlight Foundation is keeping track of them, not for the celebrities, but to monitor the influence of corporations, special interest groups, and unions on lawmakers.  The group was on the ground in Tampa and is now in Charlotte for the DNC.  Keenan Stiener with the Sunlight Foundation joins WFAE's Duncan McFadyen to talk about the mix of politics and parties this week. 

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Election 2012
12:54 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

What's The Point Of Political Conventions?

Credit RNC2012

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DNC 2012
5:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

DNC Time: Protests Lead The Way

Yen Alcala
Julie Rose

Official DNC activities kick off with a street festival Monday Uptown. But protest activity will be underway even before then.  WFAE's Julie Rose will be following the action in the streets all week and joins  Morning Edition Host Duncan McFadyen for a preview.

McFadyen: When and where do we expect to see the largest protests?

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