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 .



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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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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Local News
1:11 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Few Differences Among Democrats Running In 12th Congressional District

Candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 12th Congressional district prepare for a forum in Greensboro, March 27, 2014.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

With North Carolina’s primary election just over a month away, six Democrats running to represent the state’s 12th Congressional District met Thursday at a forum in Greensboro. The candidates laid out their positions on a number of issues, but as WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports, it’s a challenge to find differences among them.

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Local News
11:56 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Center City Partners Pushes For More Retail Uptown

Teresa Farson, co-owner of The Beehive.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Uptown Charlotte is not the “ghost town” it was after business hours 25 years ago. Numerous bars and restaurants keep its streets busy well into the evening. But walk around uptown at any time and you won’t find many retail stores. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen explains why, and what one group is trying to do to change it.

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Local News
5:11 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Close Vote On I-277 Noise Wall Gets Independent Review

A rendering of the proposed noise wall on I-277, looking southwest.
Credit City of Charlotte

A close vote that narrowly gave the state Department of Transportation approval to put up a noise wall along I-277 is now under review. 

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Local News
9:19 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Movie Studio At Eastland Mall Site Appears Dead

Eastland Mall in 2013, before demolition.
Credit Julie Rose

The future of the Eastland Mall site appears to be up in the air again. City staff have recommended against extending an exclusive contract with Studio Charlotte, the company that wants to turn the 80-acre property into film and TV studios. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports.

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