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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Some drivers in North Carolina can now renew their licenses without making a trip to the DMV. Governor McCrory’s office announced changes to the state’s driver’s license on Wednesday including a new on-line renewal system. 

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Early Friday morning, North Carolina’s House of Representatives passed its $22 billion state budget. The final vote came just after 1 am. It capped off more than 9 hours of debate about the bill itself and nearly 50 amendments to the measure.

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Retiring CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe met with reporters Tuesday to talk about his decision to step down July 1.

Chief Monroe said he’s been thinking about retiring for several months, but he made the final decision over the weekend. He says being police chief is a tough job that takes a lot of energy.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe will retire on July 1 after seven years on the job. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports Monroe became  known for his hands-on approach.


Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee Monday night recommended raising property taxes as part of his plan to make up for a large city budget gap. Carlee told City Council the bump of almost 2 cents per $100 of property value would bring in enough revenue to cover the cost of Charlotte’s residential trash service. So what does that mean for the “pay-as-you-throw” trash plan under deliberation last year? 


The band Pink Martini defies labels. The Portland-based group has an eclectic repertoire including standards from the Great American Songbook, original material with that classic feel, and songs from throughout the world, sung in their original languages.

The 12-member ensemble plays with the Charlotte Symphony Friday and Saturday nights in Belk Theater. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen talked with Pink Martini’s lead singer, China Forbes.

Nat Fahy

Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina is one of the country’s largest Marine bases. But the man it’s named for, Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune, pronounced his name "luh-JERN," differently from how most people say it now ---"luh-JUNE".

So there’s been a push to revive the “correct” pronunciation of the name. Camp Lejeune Public Affairs Director Nat Fahy says Gen. Lejeune revived the Marine Corps’ war-fighting doctrine by developing its amphibious mission, which proved instrumental in World War II.

The Marine base named in his honor opened in 1941, and Fahy says the pronunciation was correct for while. From his research, the "luh-JUNE" pronunciation caught on in the Vietnam era.

But now, thanks in part to the education efforts of the Lejeune family and a dedicated group of veterans, Fahy says he’s seeing a change. He spoke to WFAE host Duncan McFadyen.

Three film productions will split North Carolina’s film and entertainment grant money for the first half of 2015. This is the first year for the state’s new, smaller incentives program for movie and TV productions. Lawmakers have set aside $10 million for the first six months of this year.

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A count of chronically homeless people in Charlotte this year turned up 516 people in need of help. For three days in January, a couple hundred volunteers fanned out to search streets, parks, shelters, hospitals, jails and homeless camps. Among the people they found was Al Gorman, living in a tent in Huntersville. Since then, the Urban Ministry Center has helped him find a place to live.

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There’s a network in the U.S. of thousands of volunteers who put a rain gauge in their yards and report the readings online every day---rain or shine.

This group’s mission is to provide hyper-local weather data to meteorologists, farmers, emergency managers and other government agencies. It’s called CoCoRaHS (pronounced ko-ko-RAZ). The name may sound more appropriate for a chocolatey breakfast cereal, but it stands for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. 

WFAE's Duncan McFadyen spoke to the state director of CoCoRaHS, David Glenn. He's a meteriologist for the National Weather Service in Newport, in the eastern part of North Carolina.