Duncan McFadyen

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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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. 

Political convention season is in full swing, Republicans wrapped up theirs last night in Tampa. Next week, we’ll hear from Democrats…from right here in Charlotte. WFAE political analyst Michael Bitzer joins Duncan McFadyen to talk about the (particularly busy) week in politics.

MCFADYEN: So, who was your favorite speaker at the RNC? Who do you think was most effective at communicating the message?

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It’s been decades since political parties actually selected a nominee at their national conventions. Duncan McFadyen takes a look at what modern conventions are used for.

Back in 1996, Nightline host Ted Koppel packed up and left the Republican National Convention. He called it more of an “infomercial than a news event.”

And that hasn’t changed for either convention in the last 16 years.

During coverage of the RNC August 29th, NPR’s Ron Elving said, “Everything is just a ratification of things that have been decided somewhere else. What these have

DNC Time: Protests Lead The Way

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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?

Fish kills have become an annual problem at Lake Norman. Since 2004, Wildlife officials have reported frequent large kills of striped bass, or stripers, a popular species with fishermen. So far this year, they've counted over 800. To find out more about the biology behind these kills, WFAE's Duncan McFadyen called Lawrence Dorsey. He's the District 6 Fisheries Biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

It's been a busy week in politics: Mitt Romney has finally chosen his running mate: Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. The Romney/Ryan kickoff bus tour stopped in Mooresville over the weekend. WFAE political analyst Michael Bitzer joined Duncan McFadyen to talk about all the focus North Carolina is getting in the campaign.

MCFADYEN: Let’s listen to something they [Rep. Ryan and Gov. Romney] said at that campaign stop:

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We heard a lot about chicken last week regarding the Chick-Fil-A and gay marriage.

So, in response to that controversy, Public Policy Polling conducted a poll on . . . chicken. The poll found that Chick-Fil-A is North Carolina’s favorite fast-food chicken restaurant. It’s preferred by 40 percent of voters. KFC is second at 23 percent, followed by Bojangles at 18 percent.

And, yes, there is an ideological split. Conservatives prefer Chick-Fil-A. Liberals prefer KFC.

Fish kills have become an annual problem at Lake Norman. Since 2004, wildlife officials have reported frequent large kills of striped bass, or stripers, a popular species with fishermen. So far this year, they've counted over 800. To find out more about the biology behind these kills, WFAE's Duncan McFadyen called Lawrence Dorsey. He's the District 6 Fisheries Biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. 

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