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 .



Local News
1:01 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

The Cicadas Are Back...Two Years Later?

17-year periodic cicada M. septendecim
Credit University of Michigan

It's only been two years since we last heard that a large number of periodic cicadas would be emerging from the ground, congregating on tree branches and singing their distinctive mating calls. This year, there's news that more will be coming out again. But every time the story is in the news, it's reported that these insects stay underground for 13 or 17 years. So why do we hear about periodic cicadas so often? Duncan McFadyen asks N.C. State University entomologist Clyde Sorenson.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Legendary Gospel Singer George Beverly Shea Dies At 104

Billy Graham Evangelic Association

Legendary Gospel singer George Beverly Shea has died. He shared a podium with evangelist Billy Graham for more than 60 years.

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Local News
12:21 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Lake Norman Fishing Guide Weighs In On PCB Advisory

A striped bass.
Credit nilsrinaldi, Flickr

If you fish on Lake Norman, you may have heard about a new warning this week from state and county health officials. They advise most people not to eat striped bass from the lake more than once a week, and for pregnant women and children to avoid the fish altogether. It’s because they’ve detected PCB’s in the fish. These chemicals, once common industrial lubricants, were banned in 1979 because they were found to cause birth defects and to be a likely cause of cancer. PCB’s have been a problem in other bodies of water for years, but this is the first warning about them in Lake Norman. So we called Captain Gus Gustafson. He’s been taking people fishing on Lake Norman for more than 20 years.

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12:08 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

NC GOP Wields Its Newfound Power In State Government

Heading into the new year, Republican lawmakers were in prime position with veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate, and a Republican in the governor’s office.  So far, they haven’t been shy about flexing their political muscle. They’ve introduced bills to require voter ID, repeal the Racial Justice Act, eliminate teacher tenure, and even double the amount of time a married couple has to be separated before they can be granted a divorce. And then there’s the resolution that would've said the U.S. Constitution’s ban on establishing a religion doesn’t apply to North Carolina. House Speaker Thom Tillis announced there wouldn't be a vote on it.

Michael Bitzer, professor of Political Science at Catawba College and WFAE's political blogger, speaks to Duncan McFadyen about the GOP initiatives.

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Local News
8:47 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Morganton 4th Grader Wins National Sandwich Competition

Jake and his winning sandwich.
Courtesy Suzanne Crawford

A Morganton fourth grader is the grand prize winner of this year's JIF Most Creative Sandwich Competition. Ten-year-old Jake Crawford and his family went to New York City for the March 21, 2013 awards presentation. They came home with the $25,000 scholarship. On Thursday, March 28, Jake's elementary school is throwing him a pep rally to celebrate. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen caught up with him while he was getting ready for class.

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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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