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 .



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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Local News
12:16 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

U.S. Justice Department Sues Bank Of America Over Mortgage-Backed Securities

Bank of America sign.
Credit MoneyBlogNewz / Flickr

The U.S. Justice Department is suing Bank of America for allegedly misleading investors who bought some $850 million of mortgage-backed securities, bonds that are backed by a huge pool of mortgage loans. The government is accusing the country’s second-largest lender of hiding information about how risky some of the loans were.

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9:54 am
Sat August 3, 2013

There And Back: Museums In Gaston County

The entrance to the Schiele Museum in Gastonia
The Schiele Museum

WFAE's summer day trip series takes a trip to Gaston County, to the Schiele Museum of Natural History and the Gaston County Museum of Art and History.

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10:51 am
Sat July 27, 2013

There And Back: Lexington, NC, Barbecue

Lexington Barbecue in Lexington, N.C.
Marshall Terry WFAE

This summer, we're visiting places within a couple hours’ drive of Charlotte. In this installment, a trip to the self-proclaimed barbecue capital of the world, Lexington, North Carolina.

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3:53 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

There And Back: Saluda, N.C.

General store M.A. Pace Company has been open on Saluda's Main St. since 1899
*Kid*Doc*One* flickr

The town of Saluda is about an hour and a half due west of Charlotte, and it’s been a popular getaway for more than a century now.

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11:48 am
Sat July 6, 2013

There And Back: Happy Zone At Plaza Fiesta

Duncan McFadyen WFAE

Most people know the first exit on I-77 in South Carolina as the “Carowinds” exit, but just across the parking lot from the theme park is an indoor attraction all its own: the Happy Zone at Plaza Fiesta.

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12:22 pm
Sat June 29, 2013

There And Back: Love Valley, N.C.

Billy E. Barnes

There are hundreds of small towns scattered across North Carolina, but none quite like Love Valley, population 91, about an hour north of Charlotte.

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Local News
9:31 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Waxhaw Mayor Faces Investigation, DWI Charge

Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner is facing possible censure. She was arrested for DWI earlier this month. Town commissioners have voted unanimously to launch an investigation.

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Local News
4:50 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Charlotte B-Cycle Launches Partnership With CATS, Offers Discounted Memberships

Credit Charlotte B-Cycle

Starting Tuesday, there’s a cheaper way to join Charlotte’s bike sharing program, B-Cycle. The non-profit is partnering with the Charlotte Area Transit System to offer discounted memberships. 

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There And Back
9:52 am
Sat June 15, 2013

There And Back: Lazy 5 Ranch

Visitors feed giraffes at the Lazy 5 Ranch near Mooresville
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

If you take Main Street east from downtown Mooresville, it becomes a two-lane country road. A few miles down, you’ll see some camels grazing behind a fence just a few yards from the pavement. That’s how the Lazy 5 Ranch started. In the late 1980s, a guy who liked to collect exotic animals would let school groups peer at the critters from his driveway, but as interest grew, he decided to let people get up close. It's become very popular.

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