David Ford

Reporter/Host

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.

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Arts
1:06 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Triad Arts Holiday Celebration: Part I

Members of Carolina Brass.

This is Triad Arts Holiday Celebration, musical and spoken word sounds of the season by artists who call the Triad home.

Today's show features the following Piedmont artists:

Christian McIvor: Spirit of Christmas

Matt Kendrick: Iz Zat You, Santa Claus?

Carolina Brass: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

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Arts
8:52 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Violinist Marta Richardson Releases Concept Album Mystic Canticle

Marta Richardson.
Don Talley

For years violinist and educator Marta Richardson longed to record her own CD, but full-time work, and family obligations forced her to put those dreams on hold.

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Arts
8:45 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Meet the Artist: Guitarist Larry Davis

Larry Davis
Frank Simon Simon Photografic

Larry Davis is one of those rare individuals with both musical and athletic gifts that propelled him to the tops ranks in both fields. Decades ago he played professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Senators before leaving that world behind to pursue his dream of becoming a musician. Along the way he’s absorbed a huge variety of musical styles including classical, bluegrass, jazz, and mariachi just to name a few. 

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Arts
8:46 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Organic Rock, Lo Fi, Hybrid Folk - The B Kin Band

The B Kin Band.
Jill Martin-Byers

The B. Kin Band is singer/songwriter guitarist Graham Byers, his brothers, keyboardist Francois, and drummer Ian, and mandolinist, percussionist and vocalist Jill Erin Martin-Byers, Ian’s wife. The Byers were born and raised in Winston-Salem, and they believe in giving back to the community.

You’ll often find The B. Kin Band donating their time, music and equipment for charity shows at places like Second Harvest Food Bank, The Farm at The Children’s Home, and The Arts Based School. 

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Arts
10:07 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Twin City Stage Presents "Yes, Virginia: The Musical"

Paul Gunter (Ollie) and Vivian Waye (Virginia)
Twin City Stage

Bill Schermerhorn is a two-time Emmy Award-winning songwriter who has created original material for performers including Julie Andrews and Whoopi Goldberg. Composer Wesley Whatley’s Emmy Award-winning song “I Believe” was once performed by none other than Kermit the Frog.

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