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
1:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Author Meg Medina, Cirkus Theatre Project, Bookmarks Book Festival, and Outta the Bag

Triad Arts Weekend: August 22, 2014

Did you know that the largest annual book festival in the entire state of North Carolina is free, open to the public…and in downtown Winston-Salem? Yep, Bookmarks is gearing up for its 10th annual Festival of Books and Authors with a veritable Who’s Who list of best-selling authors in every category and for all ages. Bookmarks executive Director Ginger Hendricks will fill us in on all things books. And did you know that for years now Cirque du Soleil has turned to the Triad for the lion’s share of its design and production talent? Oh, it’s true. The University of NC School of the Arts and Cirque are like this. Why, they’ve even got a little tag team thing going on next month that you can see for yourself, live in the comfortable confines of DeMile Theatre on the UNCSA campus. It’s called Cirkus Theatre Project and wait’ll you hear what these all-student run productions have in store this year. Outta the Bag is an hour of free lunchtime entertainment in Winston Square Park every Tuesday at noon. Program Director Lynn Byrd’ll set the scene for us. And for a sample of what’s to come at Bookmarks 2014, author Meg Medina and our own Bethany Chafin tackle the subject of teen bullying in Meg’s award-winning novel. 

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Arts
7:47 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Meet the Artist: Poet Terry Kennedy

Terry Kennedy

Terry Kennedy is the author of a collection of poetry titled New River Breakdown out on Greensboro-based Unicorn Press.  Each copy of New River Breakdown, in addition to including the 44 beautiful poems by Terry, is hand-stitched and features one of five original cover designs by area artists.  The designs represent their personal interpretations of Terry's poems.

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Arts
8:57 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Paul Brown and Across the Blue Ridge at Blue Ridge Music Center

Paul Brown
Martin Tucker

The Blue Ridge Music Center (BRMC) is located on the North Carolina/Virginia border, just south of Galax, Virginia at mile marker 213 on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s just about an hour’s drive from the Triad area. This summer at BRMC, in addition to taking in free traditional Appalachian music concerts there daily, a wonderful museum, and hike trails through some of the best scenery around, visitors will also enjoy acclaimed fiddler, banjo player, music historian and NPR’s own Paul Brown.

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Arts
9:20 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Cirkus Theatre Collaboration Between UNCSA and Cirque du Soleil Is In Third Season

UNCSA

Nisshoku presents a young boy and his escape from the reality of his own broken home. He creates an imaginary world where he’s called upon to teach the sun and moon to co-exist in harmony before the earth is destroyed. Red Balloon draws from Japanese Noh theater in showing how an orphan boy rediscovers the beauty of childhood. Cirkus Theatre, the unique collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and their longtime partner University of NC School of the Arts, is now in its third season.

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Winston-Salem Open
7:36 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Isner over Klahn at WS Open

John Isner signs autographs at the Winston-Salem Open
Credit David Ford

  The highest ranked American tennis player in the world returned to center court at the Winston-Salem Open last night. The expectations were high for the two-time champion.  

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