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
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.

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Arts
9:55 am
Tue July 22, 2014

William Tyler and Hiss Golden Messenger to Headline Crossroads @ SECCA

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is proud to announce Hiss Golden Messenger and William Tyler as the co-headlining artists for the tenth installment of its Crossroads @ SECCA concert series. Hiss Golden Messenger is led by M.C. Taylor, one of the finest songwriters in America today.

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Arts
8:52 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Paperhand Puppet Intervention Presents 15th Annual Giant Puppet Pageant

Paperhand Puppet Intervention has been inspiring people of all ages through puppetry arts, building creative community, and making the world a better place. They’re creations range from tiny, delicate song birds cut from paper to mammoth, 18 foot tall paper mache and cloth mural puppets. Paperhand Co-founder Donovan Zimmerman recalls a recent production about memory that was inspired by family stories from Paperhand’s cast and crew, and the grand people in their lives.

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Arts
2:31 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Melody Moezzi's "Haldol and Hyacinths", Arts for Life, Jiliana Dulaney's Haute Chocolate, and Irata

Author, activist, lawyer Melody Moezzi.
Mario Mathis

Triad Arts Weekend: July 18, 2014

This week on the show, Iranian-American attorney, writer, and activist Melody Moezzi shares her book Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, with Associate Producer Bethany Chafin. It’s been called “…blistering, brash and irreverent” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “…bold and courageous…” by Kirkus Reviews, and “…whip smart but whimsical” by “The Boston Globe”. Bethany Chafin finds out why and you get to come along for the ride. Arts for Life teaches artistic skills to children in the hospital who are battling life threatening illnesses. The AFL team is incredible and we’ll get to meet two of them and find out what makes them tick. Chocolatier Jiliana Dulaney is rocking the entire chocolate world and she’s doing it with only two main ingredients. And Greensboro-based guitarist Cheryl Hall is just simply rockin' with her band Irata. She sits down with Technical Producer Eddie Garcia to talk shop.

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Arts
10:27 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Music Academy of North Carolina Educates Those of All Ages

Music Academy of NC

The Music Academy of NC (MANC) is a nonprofit community music school in Greensboro. Each week the faculty members there guide more than 1,000 students of all ages and ability levels to realize and express their inherent talents. Associate Master Teacher and Dean of Faculty Christy Wisuthseriwong says the majority of MANC’s 40 exceptional faculty has advanced degrees.

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