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
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.

Local News
11:55 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Charlotte's Syrian Community Weighs In On Possible U.S. Military Action In Syria

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The United States is asking Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to turn over information about the country’s chemical weapons. The US government blames a poison gas attack last month in Syria on that country’s government. The attack killed more than one thousand people. Now, the US has put the threat of air strikes on hold, as the international community tries to force the Syrian government to turn over its chemical weapons. The debate over how to respond to the use of chemical weapons has been heated in this country.

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Local News
6:58 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Broadwell Makes First Public Speech Since Petraeus Scandal

Paula Broadwell has mostly stayed out of the public eye since last November, when news broke of her affair with then-CIA director General David Petraeus. On Tuesday, she gave her first public speech since the scandal.

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Podcast
12:14 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

There And Back: Charlotte

Polk Park in uptown Charlotte
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

We’ve been on the road for the past couple of months here at WFAE. Our series “There And Back” has explored places you can visit as a day trip from Charlotte. So, for the last story in this summer series, we decided to stay right here in Charlotte.


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Local News
4:23 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Romare Bearden Park Opens In Uptown Charlotte

Boulders at Romare Bearden Park came from Mount Airy, N.C.
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

Starting Friday, people will have a new place to spend time outside in Uptown Charlotte.

The 5-acre park on South Church Street has been under construction for two years. The county had hoped to open it back in June, but rain slowed things down. Over 150 days of it. The weather has been more cooperative this week, though. Workers have been busy planting shrubs, pushing around wheelbarrows full of mulch, and caulking between stones in the sidewalks.

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Podcast
8:31 am
Sat August 24, 2013

There And Back: Anson County

A dove hunting field in the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, Anson County, N.C.
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

Labor Day is on the horizon; the kids are getting ready to go back to school. In many parts of the state, the tourist season is winding down. That’s not the case in Anson County, less than 90 minutes east of uptown, where things are just getting started.


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Local News
11:53 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

A South Charlotte Church Gets A New Organ With A Rich History

The new organ's console.
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

Providence United Methodist Church in south Charlotte has a new organ. That isn’t extraordinary news in itself. But the new organ is actually extraordinary. 


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Podcast
1:20 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

There And Back: Bessemer City Kings Mountain Drive-In

The Bessemer City Kings Mountain Drive-In has a picnic-like atmosphere around dusk
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

There were once more than one hundred drive-ins within a one hundred mile radius of uptown Charlotte. Yes, there’s a group that keeps track of such things called Drive-ins.com. Today, there are only 6 in all of North Carolina.


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Podcast
11:57 am
Sat August 10, 2013

There And Back: North Carolina Peach Country

Johnson Farms' Peach Stand off of Highway 220 in Montgomery County, N.C.
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

Roadside peach stands are a regular sight along the highways in the North Carolina sandhills. They lure travelers in with colorful signs advertising peaches, produce and ice cream. And the peaches you can get at these stands are different from what you’d find in a grocery store. We visited an orchard in Montgomery County, the heart of North Carolina’s peach country, to find out why.


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