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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Local And State Elections
5:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Adams Wins 12th District Democratic Primary

Alma Adams speaks to supporters in Greensboro, N.C. on May 6, 2014
Duncan McFadyen

State Representative Alma Adams of Greensboro won her party's nomination for the 12th Congressional District seat. She carried 43 percent of the vote, which put her above the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff in the crowded Democratic primary.

The atmosphere was jubilant last night as dozens of supporters waited for Adams to arrive at a Greensboro restaurant.

At just after 9 o'clock, she walked in, smiling broadly.

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Local News
5:17 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

N.C. Dept. Of Transportation Drops Plan For I-277 Noise Walls

The noise walls would've blocked views of the uptown Charlotte skyline.
Credit City of Charlotte

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has dropped plans to build noise walls along the Brookshire Freeway side of I-277 in uptown Charlotte.


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Local And State Elections
12:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

A Closer Look At 'Child Molester' Attack Ad And Where Money Funding It Comes From

The North Carolina Bar Association has condemned an ad that attacks state Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson in her re-election campaign. The 30-second spot claims Hudson “sided with child molesters” in a case that involved GPS tracking devices. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen looks at that ad and the group behind it.

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Arts & Life
9:47 am
Sat April 26, 2014

North Carolina's 19-Year Old World-Record Whistler

Credit Walker Harnden/facebook

Walker Harnden, an oboe student at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, recently became the world record holder for the highest note whistled. According to Guinness, he whistled a B7; that's the second-highest note on a piano keyboard. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen caught up with Harnden on the phone from Winston-Salem.


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Local And State Elections
9:58 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Johnson C. Smith University Hosts Seven 12th Congressional District Candidates For Debate

JCSU President Ron Carter introduces candidates (L to R) Alma Adams, George Battle, Marcus Brandon, Vince Coakley, Malcolm Graham, Curtis Osborne, Rajive Patel
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Early voting began Thursday in North Carolina, and this week we’ve seen numerous debates as candidates push to get their message out to voters. Wednesday night’s debate at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte had the most complete panel of candidates of any so far for the 12th Congressional District.

  

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Local News
1:45 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Gantt Center Exhibit Explores Diversity, Challenges Stereotypes Of Black Men

The Harvey B. Gantt Center in uptown Charlotte is currently hosting a video installation called “Question Bridge: Black Males.”

Filmmakers spent countless hours over 4 years recording black men asking questions for others of their race and gender. Then they played the video to other black men and recorded their answers. The result is a 3 hour loop the creators call a “Question Bridge.”

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Local News
12:54 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

JCSU Gets More Than $1 Million For Scholarship Fund

Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Johnson C. Smith University has received about $1 million this month for a scholarship fund that helps students pay the difference between their financial aid and tuition.


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Local News
5:08 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Philip Morris Sells Concord Plant

The former Philip Morris plant off of U.S. 29 in Concord.
Credit Google Maps

The former Philip Morris plant in Concord has a new owner after sitting vacant for 5 years. It’s a company called Victory Industrial Park, LLC. But what that company plans to do with the property is less clear. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports.


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Local News
5:57 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Duke Energy Stops Tree Treatments After Customers Complain Of Poor Communication

A Rainbow Treecare worker injects Cambistat into the soil around a tree in Charlotte.
Credit Charlotte Observer

Duke Energy has been the subject of a lot of criticism lately, and it’s not all about coal ash.

For the past month, Duke had workers apply a chemical to the roots of trees near power lines in Charlotte’s Myers Park, Dilworth and Sedgefield neighborhoods. Needless to say, many residents were quite upset.

This week, Duke responded to those concerns by suspending the program. But Duke plans to restart the program after the company retools its outreach efforts.


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Politics
11:38 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Seven Democrats, Two Republicans Running For Watt's 12th District Congressional Seat

Seven Democrats and two Republicans are running for the 12th congressional district seat. Early voting for the May primary election begins on April 24.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

It’s an unusual year for the 12th Congressional district race. For the first time in two decades, it’s an open seat.  Charlotte Democrat Mel Watt represented the district from 1993 until he resigned in January to take over as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Watt’s departure has created a lot of interest among Democrats. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen and Tasnim Shamma talk to Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt about the race.


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