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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There’s been a lot of trash talk in Charlotte recently. And no, we don’t mean college basketball. The city is studying pay-as-you-throw garbage service as a way to reduce the amount of trash we send to the landfill.


A CMS high school has stopped using a worksheet that includes a racially offensive genetics question.     

A teacher at Ardrey Kell High School in south Charlotte apparently used the genetics worksheet in a biology class. Here’s the question at issue:

 "LaShamanda has a heterozygous big bootie, the dominant trait. Her man Fontavius has a small bootie which is recessive. They get married and have a baby named LaPrincess. What is the probability that LaPrincess will inherit her mama's big bootie?"

Duncan McFadyen

David Bradley, a copywriter for one of the big banks in Charlotte, had a life-changing moment a few years ago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Bradley saw, first-hand, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, islands of large patches of trash.

He says “it was buoys, pieces of polystyrene, bottles, water heaters, all those things,” and covered in seabirds.

When he got back, he says, he started noticing litter everywhere.

Democrats will keep a 6 to 3 majority on the Mecklenburg County Commission. 


Duncan McFadyen

A new company says it will turn the former Philip Morris plant in Concord into a high tech manufacturing facility. Executives from Alevo made the announcement Tuesday. They will use the space to build large-scale battery arrays that, they say, will “redefine energy.”

Michael Tomsic

Hornets fans are getting the party started early for the NBA team's opening game on Wednesday. 

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  Come Election Day, the candidate who’s listed first on the ballot has an advantage. At least that’s the conventional wisdom. But a new survey from Elon University casts doubt on that logic, and that could be good news this November for Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in her race against Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis.

WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen joins Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry with more about the poll.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating more than its season-opening concerts this weekend. The Orchestra announced this week it finished the last fiscal year in the black for the first time since 2002. Charlotte Symphony president and CEO Bob Stickler says the Symphony is doing a better job of generating community support after years of relying too much on big donations from institutions like the Arts and Science Council. He spoke to WFAE's Duncan McFadyen.


Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer is on unpaid leave after being charged with assaulting a man who was in police custody.


Charlotte City Council is giving up the idea of regulating drivers for app-based ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. 


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