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 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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Local News
5:29 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Chiquita Blames Higher Costs, Weather For $25 Million First-Quarter Loss

Credit Jeremy Brooks https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

Chiquita Brands International Friday reported a loss of $25 million in the first quarter, blaming increasing costs and extreme weather. But, the Charlotte-based company says it’s still on track to meet its 2014 goals.


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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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