David Ford


David Ford earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in clarinet performance at Northwestern University, where he also studied composition and jazz arranging. After a career as a principal clarinetist in orchestras throughout the interior of Mexico, David returned to the states and began a radio-announcing career in Austin, Texas. At 89.5 KMFA, David produced and hosted hundreds of programs. Three of them (Mind Your Music, The Basics and T.G.I.F. Thank Goodness It’s Familiar) won international awards in the Fine Arts Radio Competition.

At WFDD David writes, hosts and produces the 4-minute daily arts feature Triad Arts that airs Monday through Fridays at 8:35 AM and 5:44 PM. He also writes, hosts and co-produces the hour-long arts magazine Triad Arts Weekend on Fridays at 1:00 PM. David has written national features for KUSC and CPRN in Los Angeles and conducted interviews for Minnesota Public Radio's Weekend America.

In his spare time, David enjoys playing tennis, drinking Krankie’s coffee with his wife, and family walks in the woods with their eight-year-old son, Rafa.


9:16 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Healing Blues Project Turns Stories into Songs


The Greensboro Interactive Resource Center recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign for its Healing Blues project. The campaign will cover costs for the album production,concert presentation, and allow them to invest in the storytellers.

Read more
10:45 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Shared Radiance is Performing Arts Organization with a Focus on Shakespeare

Shared Radiance

The Shared Radiance Performing Arts Company produces experiential shows in venues that might just surprise you.  The company's focus is Shakespeare, and that's just the way founder and artistic director Sherri Raeford likes it.  Sherri interned and studied right at the source in London's Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.  She's also the former Outreach and Education Director for the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.

Read more
3:20 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

William Tyler, Clark Whittington of Art-o-mat, Mary Dalton, and Hiss Golden Messenger


Triad Arts Weekend July 25 2014

  The Crossroads Concert Series is returning to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and we’ve got interviews and music from both acts on the bill. Solo guitarist William Tyler cut his teeth as a sideman in Nashville, Tennessee, before setting out on his widescreen guitar journey. He’s in Winston-Salem on Saturday night, and he’ll be filling SECCA with exploratory & scenic instrumental guitar work, with notes that ring louder than words. But if lyrics are your thing you’re in luck – co-headlining the concert is Hiss Golden Messenger, the vehicle for the searing songs of MC Taylor. He stopped by WFDD with guitar in hand and sat down for a conversation and intimate performance. While you’re at SECCA, if you happen pass an old cigarette machine and do a double take, then you’ve encountered an Art-o-mat.  The machines are filled with affordable handmade art, and founder Clark Whittington is here to talk creativity and commerce. And when it comes to The Emmys, streaming is king, so we’re going Behind the Scenes with Mary Dalton to take a look at two Netflix shows that have lots of nominations in common, but when it comes to character, they couldn’t be more different. 

Read more
4:18 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

MUSEP: Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park Continues through August

Warren Bodle & Allen Band.

Live music by some of the Triad’s best bands in a beautiful outdoor setting. That’s MUSEP: Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park. This wonderful Greensboro tradition is free and open to the public. This year MUSEP is celebrating its 35th anniversary by adding new bands to the performance lineup and some new Gate City venues as well. MUSEP began in June and will run through the end of August. Greensboro City Arts Director Jennifer Hance provides this summer season preview.

Read more
8:11 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Meet the Artist: Composer and Educator Chris Heckman

Winston-Salem Festival Ballet

“Winston-Salem Festival Ballet Founder and Artistic Director Gary Taylor received national recognition winning the prestigious Regional Dance America National Choreographic Commission Award for his ballet “Temptation”. His ballet “Dracula” brings the classic story to life with a modern twist. It's scored with original music by UNCSA Film Music Composition head Chris Heckman, and it’s told from the viewpoint of the Count himself.

Read more