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 News
9:33 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NC History Museum Tries Crowd Funding For Film Exhibit

Credit N.C. Museum Of History

The North Carolina Museum of History is trying something new to raise money: crowd-funding. The museum launched an online campaign this month to help pay for an upcoming exhibit about the history of film in North Carolina. The publicity for the exhibit comes at a good time for supporters of the state’s tax incentives for movie and TV productions.  


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Local News
8:37 am
Sat October 12, 2013

High-Wire Artists Nik And Lijana Wallenda Prepare To Cross Charlotte Motor Speedway

Nik Wallenda crossing the inner harbor in Baltimore, Maryland
Credit spike55151 / flickr

;If you’re going the Bank of America 500, you don’t have to wait for the green flag for the suspense to begin.

You may be familiar with Nik Wallenda as the guy who crossed Niagara Falls on a high wire a few years ago.

Tonight (Saturday), he and his sister Lijana will cross the race track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on a tightrope that’s 140-feet high and 500 feet long.

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Local News
11:33 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

NC Prisons Offer More Options To Send Inmates Money, But For A Fee

People who want to send money to inmates in North Carolina prisons now have more options. But, the new choices come with a price.

Until this month, prisoners’ friends and relatives had only one option for sending money: mailing money orders directly to the prison. Inmates can use the money to buy snacks, stamps, toiletries, and small items including watches and radios. The state’s 66 prisons received more than 600,000 money orders last year. Department of Public Safety spokesman Keith Acree says this was overwhelming mailroom staff.

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Local News
5:48 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

City Of Monroe Suspends Nine Police Officers

Credit City of Monroe, N.C.

The Monroe police department is suspending nine of its officers for mishandling court cases. Union County District Attorney Trey Robison announced last month his office dropped charges against 39 people because the officers failed to turn over files and information needed to prosecute the cases.

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Local News
1:32 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Charlotte Assistant City Manager Hall Takes Manager Job In Raleigh

Assistant Charlotte City Manager Ruffin Hall
Credit City of Charlotte

The city of Charlotte says assistant city manger Ruffin Hall is leaving to become the next city manger of Raleigh.  Hall came to Charlotte in 2001 to work in the budget office. He was named budget director the next year and served in that post for more than a decade. Last year, he was named assistant city manager. Earlier this year, Hall was a finalist to be Charlotte's city manger. His last day will be November 1.

VIDEO: Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane announces Ruffin Hall as the city's next manager.

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Local News
5:06 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Utilities Help Ready Sites For Industry

The speculative building in Rock Hill being bought by German automotive adhesive tape manufacturer Coroplast.
Credit Rock Hill Economic Development

The German automotive adhesive manufacturer Coroplast announced Tuesday that Rock Hill will be the site of its first U. S. plant. Over the next five years, the company plans to invest $12 million and create 150 jobs in York County, S. C. Economic development leaders say it takes a lot of work to recruit companies like Coroplast. And sometimes, utility companies step up to help. 

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Local News
5:00 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Plan To Widen I-85 In Gaston County Gets Support From Gastonia City Council

Credit NC Department Of Transportation

The Gastonia City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved, with two members absent, a resolution in support of widening a 16-mile stretch of I-85 in Gaston County. But, the I-85 project could end up competing for funding with the proposed Garden Parkway.

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Local News
12:31 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Warren-Green Opens Charlotte Symphony Season With Music That Has A Personal Connection

Christopher Warren-Green rehearses with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

The musicians of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra are practicing one more time this morning before they kick off another season of performances. Tonight and tomorrow night at the Belk Theater, they’ll be playing several well-known pieces of classical music, including “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” by 20th Century British composer Benjamin Britten. The orchestra’s music director, Christopher Warren-Green, chose the piece in part because Britten would’ve turned 100 this fall. But, as WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports, Warren-Green has a special connection to the composer.

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Local News
11:07 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Independent Zytkow Petitions His Way Onto City Council Ballot

Activist Michael Zytkow turns in a petition to run for Charlotte City Council to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.
Credit Grant Baldwin Photography

There will be an independent candidate on the ballot for Charlotte City Council’s 4th District this year. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections yesterday verified activist Michael Zytkow has turned in enough signatures to qualify as an unaffiliated candidate. It’s the first time in at least 15 years that an independent has successfully petitioned his way into the city council race.

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Local News
8:33 am
Sat September 21, 2013

NASA Astronaut Visits N.C. Hometown

Marshburn graduated from Davidson College in 1982.
Davidson College

North Carolina welcomes home a high-profile native son this weekend. NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn is visiting his hometown of Statesville. Dr. Marshburn caught our attention when he documented his most recent mission---a five-month stint on the International Space Station---on Twitter. We recently spoke to him about readjusting to life after spending such a long time in space. 

An extended version of WFAE's Weekend Edition Saturday interview with NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn.