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
6:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

NoDa's Neighborhood Theatre Reopens After Renovation

Duncan McFadyen

The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte’s NoDa area has seen lots of changes over its 60 year history. It was originally the Astor movie house, part of a bustling community built around the mills north of uptown. After those mills shut down in the 70s, the theater declined along with the neighborhood around it and was showing X-rated films. The building got a renovation in the 90s and opened as a music venue under the Neighborhood Theatre name. Saturday night, it re-opens after two months of renovations. 


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Local News
7:49 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Historic Charlotte Offers A Chance To Go Inside 'Mad Men' Era Homes

7212 Benita Drive
Triggs Photography

Mid-century modern architecture is not known for being flashy. Architects in the 1950s and 60s took their inspiration from nature, designing unadorned homes with low sloped roofs and large windows. They may not stand out from the outside, but inside it’s a different story. Saturday’s Mad About Modern Home tour  offers a chance to go inside 8 of the city’s mid-century gems. Duncan McFadyen talks to Historic Charlotte executive director Nicole McBeth.


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Local News
6:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

After Nine Months, B-Cycle Is Catching On In Charlotte

Charlotte B-Cycle

Charlotte’s bike sharing program, B-Cycle, has been up and running for nine months now. You’ve probably noticed the bike racks in and near Uptown, marked with the circular red, white, and blue “B” logo. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports the program is taking off.

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Local News
1:01 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

The Cicadas Are Back...Two Years Later?

17-year periodic cicada M. septendecim
Credit University of Michigan

It's only been two years since we last heard that a large number of periodic cicadas would be emerging from the ground, congregating on tree branches and singing their distinctive mating calls. This year, there's news that more will be coming out again. But every time the story is in the news, it's reported that these insects stay underground for 13 or 17 years. So why do we hear about periodic cicadas so often? Duncan McFadyen asks N.C. State University entomologist Clyde Sorenson.


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Local News
12:00 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Legendary Gospel Singer George Beverly Shea Dies At 104

Billy Graham Evangelic Association

Legendary Gospel singer George Beverly Shea has died. He shared a podium with evangelist Billy Graham for more than 60 years.


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Local News
12:21 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Lake Norman Fishing Guide Weighs In On PCB Advisory

A striped bass.
Credit nilsrinaldi, Flickr

If you fish on Lake Norman, you may have heard about a new warning this week from state and county health officials. They advise most people not to eat striped bass from the lake more than once a week, and for pregnant women and children to avoid the fish altogether. It’s because they’ve detected PCB’s in the fish. These chemicals, once common industrial lubricants, were banned in 1979 because they were found to cause birth defects and to be a likely cause of cancer. PCB’s have been a problem in other bodies of water for years, but this is the first warning about them in Lake Norman. So we called Captain Gus Gustafson. He’s been taking people fishing on Lake Norman for more than 20 years.


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Politics
12:08 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

NC GOP Wields Its Newfound Power In State Government

Heading into the new year, Republican lawmakers were in prime position with veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate, and a Republican in the governor’s office.  So far, they haven’t been shy about flexing their political muscle. They’ve introduced bills to require voter ID, repeal the Racial Justice Act, eliminate teacher tenure, and even double the amount of time a married couple has to be separated before they can be granted a divorce. And then there’s the resolution that would've said the U.S. Constitution’s ban on establishing a religion doesn’t apply to North Carolina. House Speaker Thom Tillis announced there wouldn't be a vote on it.

Michael Bitzer, professor of Political Science at Catawba College and WFAE's political blogger, speaks to Duncan McFadyen about the GOP initiatives.


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Local News
8:47 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Morganton 4th Grader Wins National Sandwich Competition

Jake and his winning sandwich.
Courtesy Suzanne Crawford

A Morganton fourth grader is the grand prize winner of this year's JIF Most Creative Sandwich Competition. Ten-year-old Jake Crawford and his family went to New York City for the March 21, 2013 awards presentation. They came home with the $25,000 scholarship. On Thursday, March 28, Jake's elementary school is throwing him a pep rally to celebrate. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen caught up with him while he was getting ready for class.


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Local News
1:52 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

DOT Backtracks On 'Pink' Drivers For Temporary Status Immigrants

Credit NC Department Of Transportation

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced changes Thursday to the design of drivers licenses for certain illegal immigrants who qualify for temporary residency status under the federal Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. 

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Local News
12:36 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

State Auditor Makes Sure Tax Money Is Being Used As Intended

N.C. State Auditor Beth Wood
Credit Office of the State Auditor

Governor McCrory has released his budget for the next two years. He’s now got to work with state legislators to try to get his initiatives passed. And after the budget becomes law, it’s State Auditor Beth Wood’s job to make sure that more than $20 billion a year of state money is used as lawmakers intend it to be. Her office also audits $23 billion in federal grants. Duncan McFadyen spoke to Auditor Wood to find out more about what she does.


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