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
5:48 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Winthrop Trustees Fire President

Winthrop University Trustees voted June 26, 2014 to fire President Jamie Comstock Williamson. Board Chair Kathy Bigham (C) reads a statement.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Winthrop University’s Board of Trustees Thursday fired the school’s president, Jamie Comstock Williamson, after less than a year on the job.

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Local News
4:59 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Leaders Want More Information About I-77 Toll Project

The project would widen I-77 between Mooresville and uptown Charlotte.
Credit North Carolina Dept. of Transportation

The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to sign a contract with a private company to build and operate toll lanes on I-77 between Lake Norman and Uptown Charlotte. But some lawmakers want more answers from the DOT before the state finalizes its agreement.

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Local News
4:49 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Activist Investor Icahn Demands Immediate Sale Of Family Dollar

Credit WFAE

Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn is demanding that Family Dollar be put up for sale immediately.  Icahn earlier this month bought a 9.4 percent share in the Matthews-based discount retailer, making him the company’s largest shareholder. Family Dollar’s board immediately enacted a so-called “poison pill” measure to prevent Icahn or other large investors from buying a controlling stake in the company.

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Local News
5:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Rock Hill's Short-Lived Auto Manufacturer: The Anderson Motor Company

The 1921 Anderson on display at the Old Cotton Mill in downtown Rock Hill, S.C.
Credit Jim Stratakos / The Rock Hill Herald

It’s time for another stop Along the Great Wagon Road, WFAE’s series exploring the history of the Charlotte region with Tom Hanchett of the Levine Museum of the New South. In this installment, the story of a car company in an unexpected place.

In 1881, the first cotton mill opened in Rock Hill, South Carolina—the first in the state to be powered by steam. Over the next 15 years, the town’s population would grow more than seven times over. By the early 20th Century, that mill would have an unusual neighbor: the Anderson Motor Company.

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Local News
12:24 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Uptown 'Buddy Bear' Celebrates Connections To Germany

Buddy Bear is a gift to Charlotte from German organizations in the region.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Uptown Charlotte got a new piece of public art this week.

Unveiled with great fanfare, an 8 foot tall bear, arms upstretched, painted with colorful designs now stands in the plaza in front of the library at 6th and Tryon.

Buddy Bear, as he’s called  in both English and German, is supposed to represent the strong ties between the Charlotte region and Germany. The Bear is a symbol of Germany’s capital city, Berlin.

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Local News
5:58 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

At 91, Cancer Survivor Finishes Her 15th Marathon

Harriette Thompson, 91, sits at the concert grand piano in her Charlotte home.
Credit Katie Herzog

Sunday in San Diego, a Charlotte woman named Harriette Thompson ran her 15th marathon in 16 years. A pretty impressive accomplishment in its own right, but it’s downright remarkable when you consider she’s about to turn 92 years old. Thompson finished the 26.2 mile race in just over seven hours---setting a new record for a woman over the age of 90. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen visited Thompson at her Charlotte home before she left for the marathon.

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Local News
5:30 am
Mon May 26, 2014

NC Legislature Debating Fracking Bill

The North Carolina House this week is expected to take up legislation that would allow the state to issue permits for fracking of oil and gas next year.

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Local News
5:35 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Matthews Company Makes Life-Saving Food For UNICEF, USAID

A child in Rwanda eats a packet of MANA.
MANA Nutrition

Malnutrition contributes to more than a third of deaths of children under five worldwide. For decades, these children had to be treated in in-patient clinics. But a peanut-based paste is making treatment more accessible, and it’s exploding in popularity. One of the companies that helps meet the demand is based in Matthews.

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Local News
4:40 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Charlotte Airport Changes Valet Parking Company Earlier Than Planned

Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Credit Julie Rose

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is switching to a new valet parking company,one month earlier than originally planned.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

EpiCentre Sold To Calif.-Based Real Estate Group

Credit Jason E. Miczek

The EpiCentre in Uptown Charlotte has a new owner. The Los Angeles-based CIM Group acquired the mixed-use development for a reported $130.5 million.

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