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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The city of Charlotte won’t be removing benches from uptown to try to address homelessness… at least not for now. The the group that came up with the idea withdrew its request to the city.


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Booker T. Jones has been in the music business since he was in high school in the 1960s. His career took off with Booker T. and the M.G.'s 1962 hit “Green Onions.” With the M.G.’s, Booker T. played on numerous records recorded for the Stax label in Memphis, with stars including Otis Redding and Ray Charles. More recently, he’s collaborated with Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots, and the Drive By Truckers. He's playing at Charlotte's McGlohon Theater Saturday August 9, and he spoke to Weekend Edition Host Duncan McFadyen.


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A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer and his wife face charges of sexually assaulting a family member 15 years ago. Reginald and Dia Harris were arrested Wednesday.

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The city of Charlotte is looking to regulate drivers for smartphone-based ridesharing services including Uber-X and Lyft. But taxi drivers say the proposed restrictions still give the companies an unfair advantage.

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CMS students won’t be going to the museums this year, at least not on the Arts and Science Council’s dime, and a fund-raising shortfall is the culprit.

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The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s reputation is at the center of a violinist’s application for an EB-1 green card. These green cards are awarded to professionals with “extraordinary ability” in a specialized field. Distinguished academics and artists, for example, or top international business executives.

MATTHEW WAEHNER / N.C. STATE ARCHIVES, DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL RESOURCES

Sometimes a news story is best told in rhyme…so here goes:

There once was a governor named Pat
Who thought in verse this state should not lack
So he picked a poet
To be our State Laureate
But his pick others found out of whack.
Here’s Duncan McFadyen
To explain what has happened

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Charlotte organist Patrick Scott won the 2014 National Competition in Organ Improvisation, held June 26 in Boston. In addition to the competition's $3,000 first prize, Scott took the audience prize, which earned him an additional $1,500. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen profiled Scott earlier this year.

When you think of a church pipe organ, Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" probably isn't the first thing to come to mind. But when organists give recitals, sometimes, they cut loose by improvising. Some take it further, actually playing in improvising competitions.

 


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Wells Fargo’s profits were up for the second quarter. The bank is reporting net income of $5.73 billion. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports the company is trying to diversify in order to make up for a decline in its mortgage business.


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Family Dollar yesterday announced net income for the third quarter fell by 33 percent to $81.1 million. Same store sales dropped 1.8 percent over the same period last year. 


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