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
8:43 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Creativity Knows No Age: Second Spring Arts Hosts May Festival

Second Spring Founder and President Nancy Hall
Rebecca McNeely Capture Public Relations and Marketing

Second Spring Arts is gearing up for its May festival celebrating senior involvement is the visual arts, music, dance, literature and more.

Second Spring Arts makes arts of all types accessible for seniors and highlights the connection between the arts and the health and wellbeing of older individuals. They also promote research along those lines. 

This year’s Festival kicks off Friday night, May 29th at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center and Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem. It’s free and open to the public.

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Arts
12:17 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Clay Howard, Letters From Home, NC Brass Band

Clay Howard
Suzi Nelson

Clay Howard

Winston-Salem-based rock n roll singer/guitarist Clay Howard's new CD of original music is titled Who the Hell is Clay Howard? Its an album of classic rock inspired tunes that was created in collaboration with Minneapolis musician/producer Brynn Arens. The album is available on Amazon.com where it has been ranking high on the Hot New Releases charts. You can catch Clay Howard opening up for Smash Mouth at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem later this summer on July 21st.

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Triad Arts
8:30 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Smooth Sailing with Freeport Jazz

FREEPORT Jazz is (l-r) Steve Thornton, Tony Testa, Scott Marvill and Jo Daniels.
Credit FreeportJazz.com

 

 

FREEPORT Jazz offers a winning combination of Smooth, Contemporary, and straight ahead Jazz music. The four piece band is Steve Thornton on saxes and flute, Jo Daniels on keyboards, drummer Tony Testa, and Scott Marvill on bass and guitars.

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Triad Arts
8:30 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Who the Hell is Clay Howard? Revealed on Triad Arts

Clay Howard's first solo CD is gaining recognition around the globe.
Credit Photographer Suzi Nelson

Winston-Salem-based rock n roll singer, songwriter and guitarist Clay Howard has performed hundreds of shows, and played on several recordings. His new CD of originals is titled Who the Hell is Clay Howard? It was completed last month in collaboration with Minneapolis musician/producer Brynn Arens. 

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Arts
9:06 am
Tue May 19, 2015

North Carolina Brass Band Celebrates Memorial Day

NC Brass Band Music Director and euphonium player Brian Meixner.

The NC Brass Band is celebrating the Memorial Day holiday with a series of patriotic concerts throughout Central NC.

Their recent CD First In Flight has received high praise from international music journals, and they're getting ready to launch the NC Youth Brass Band program in the fall. 

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Arts
9:50 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Letters From Home Releases New Album

Letters from Home

The live performance duo Letters from Home honors veterans, active military and their families across the country by paying tribute to the music and spirit of the 1940s. Their new album is “Thanks for the Memories”, and we sample from it in today's show. 

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Arts
1:25 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Celestogramme, Brushy Mountain Winery, NC Pastels, and Piedmont Wind Symphony

Celestogramme
Zoe Dehmer


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Arts
9:08 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Brushy Mountain Winery Hosts House Concert and "Songwriter Showcase"

Bandit's Roost
Julian Charles

North Carolina’s first commercial winery was established in Halifax County back in 1835. Five years later, our state was leading the entire country in wine production.

The industry was crushed by Prohibition in 1909, and it wasn’t until the 1950s that things began turning around.  By 2006 there were 13 wineries in Yadkin Valley alone. That’s the year Brushy Mountain Winery opened in Elkin.

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Arts
9:56 am
Thu May 14, 2015

"On Common Ground: 2015 Pastel Paintings From The Mountains To The Sea" Opens in Greensboro

"Looking Back" by Deb Rasberry

On Common Ground: 2015 Pastel Paintings from the Mountains to the Sea is the title of the 4th Annual North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition beginning this week in Greensboro.

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Arts
10:25 am
Tue May 12, 2015

The Piedmont Wind Symphony Takes Listeners Back To The Days Of Downton Abbey

Piedmont Wind Symphony Music Director Matthew Troy.
John Walsh

The Piedmont Wind Symphony wraps up its exciting 25th season with A Downton Abbey Evening featuring the outstanding British music of the era.

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Arts
8:36 am
Mon May 11, 2015

The Enrichment Center Wins Local Grant

Valerie Vizena, David Ford, and Lauren Davis

The Enrichment Center's programs range from the arts as alternative employment, to academics, supported employment, advocacy, and other services for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities and their families.

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Arts
12:59 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Playwright Beth Henley, Artist Alexis Lavine, "The Wire", and Composer Tom Hauser

"Abundance" is now playing at Triad Stage.
Triad Stage


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Arts
9:05 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Meet The Artist: Composer/Producer Tom Hauser

Tom Hauser
Adam Taylor

Composer/producer Tom Hauser received his BM in Sound Recording Technology from Ithaca College before earning an MFA in Film Scoring at UNC School of the Arts. He’s since returned to Winston-Salem where he’s found the perfect marriage of both in surround sound composing techniques. He’s employed in the recently premiered Indie film Brewconomy, and in his current sound engineering project In Saturn’s Rings due out next year.

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Arts
4:52 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Reynolda House Celebrates 10th Anniversary of the Babcock Wing

Reynolda House in Winston-Salem opened as a museum of art in 1967 in the 62 room, 32,000 square foot original “bungalow” of R.J. and Katherine Smith Reynolds.

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Arts
9:53 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Painter Josephine Halvorson Exhibits Work At SECCA In "Slow Burn"

American artist currently residing in Rome, Josephine Halvorson paints outdoors.

She typically finishes a canvass in a single session that may span an entire day. During her intense painting periods of post-industrial machines, architectural structures, or discarded objects, Josephine develops interesting associations with her subjects, and while discovering new things about herself. 

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Arts
1:59 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Potter Daniel Johnston, Poet Rhett Iseman Trull, "Writing To Heal," and "The Hunting Ground"

Potter Daniel Johnston in his studio.
Daniel Johnston Pottery


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Arts
9:08 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Potter Daniel Johnston Displays Work In "Daniel Johnston/Hiroshi Sueyoshi: Sculptural Clay" Exhibit

Daniel Johnston in his studio.
Daniel Johnston Pottery

The words "pottery" and "art installation" are rarely combined in the often-reserved craft community of our state, but North Carolina native Daniel Johnston is not your average potter. 

Take his experiential installation at Greenhill, a space for NC art. In it the viewer is invited to stroll through an 85 foot long constructed tunnel of his 100 enormous, beautiful, handcrafted clay pots. 

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Arts
8:22 am
Wed April 29, 2015

George Catlin's American Buffalo On Display At Reynolda House Through May 3rd

George Catlin, Buffalo Bull, Grazing on the Prairie, 1832- 1833, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum,Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Back in the 1830s George Catlin was among the first painters to chronicle the Indian chiefs of the American West, and the Great Plains buffalo upon which they and their tribes depended.

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Arts
9:28 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Meet the Artist: Solo Guitarist Larry G. Davis

Larry Davis.
Frank Simon Simon Photografic

         

Solo guitarist Larry G. Davis was a longtime studio Musician in Nashville Tennessee, rubbing elbows with the likes of Ray Price and Chet Atkins.

Larry went on to perform for two Presidents. For years he’s called Randolph County, North Carolina home, and today he can be heard at venues from the Brushy Mountain Winery in Elkin to Asheville’s  Biltmore Estate. 

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Arts
8:45 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Meet the Artist: Poet Joe Mills Discusses Poems From "This Miraculous Turning"

Poet Joe Mills.

Poet Joseph Mills’ most recent book is titled This Miraculous Turning, but this month, Press 53 is releasing a second edition of his excellent collection of poems called Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers. Joe says he’s added new poems, done some pruning and revised the remaining ones. 

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Arts
1:24 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Molly Ringwald, UNCG Theatre, MerleFest, NC Writers' Network, & The Marshall Tucker Band


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Arts
9:02 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Organizations Collaborate For Groovin' In The Garden - Jazz At Gateway Gardens

Gateway Gardens

 

Picture a world-class jazz concert, engaging arts activities for kids, and fun for the whole family all taking place outdoors in a beautiful Triad-area garden. It’s Groovin’ in the Garden—Jazz at Gateway Gardens in Greensboro this Sunday.

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Arts
9:07 am
Wed April 22, 2015

The Kruger Brothers Play MerleFest 2015

Jens Kruger, Joel Landsberg, and Uwe Kruger.

If you live in North Carolina and love music, chances are you’ve already heard of The Kruger Brothers.

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Arts
8:58 am
Mon April 20, 2015

A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Presents "The Consul"

UNCSA Fletcher Opera Institute

As UNC School of the Arts Resident Opera Stage Director Steven LaCosse began contemplating a school production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Pulitzer Prize winning opera The Consul, the idea began making more and more sense.

Border issues in America were front page news, and the year of The Consul’s premiere, 1950, just happened to coincide with the first year Guys & Dolls opened on Broadway. UNCSA’s run of that musical wrapped up yesterday. 

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Arts
1:41 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

"No Dwelling: Homeless in America", Jerry Douglas, "Heart of Wilderness", and UNCG Spring Dance

No Dwelling: Homeless in America

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Arts
10:40 am
Wed April 15, 2015

NC A&T State University Presents "No Dwelling: Homeless in America"

Symone Austin

Last year, Guilford County Schools reported that 2,800 students experienced homelessness.

North Carolina A&T State University alumnus, actor/director and playwright Miller Lucky Jr. explores the causes behind homelessness and the toll it takes on those affected in his new play No Dwelling: Homeless in America.

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Arts
9:42 am
Tue April 14, 2015

NC A&T State University Celebrates The Legacy Of Jazz With Delfeayo Marsalis

Delfeayo Marsalis
http://delfeayomarsalis.com/

North Carolina A&T State University Jazz Ensemble will celebrate the legacy of jazz music featuring trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis.

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Arts
9:31 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn To Perform At Merlefest

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn.
Lilly Abbott

He’s been nominated in more different musical categories than any other musician in the history of the Grammy Awards. She’s been called “a modern classic” by the Boston Globe, and “a daring, defiant talent” by the Wall Street Journal: internationally renowned banjo sensation Béla Fleck and singer/banjoist Abigail Washburn.

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Arts
1:47 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Phuzz Phest, Guys and Dolls, Organist Jimmy Jones, and the Secrest Artist Series

UNCSA presents "Guys and Dolls."
Christine Rucker courtesy of UNCSA


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Arts
10:11 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Secrest Artist Series Presents Cellist Alisa Weilerstein And Pianist Inon Barnatan

Pianist Inon Barnatan
Marco Borggreve

She is the most talked about cellist in the world today. He was recently named the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist in Association, a three-season appointment for the pianist including multiple concerto and chamber collaborations with the orchestra.

American Alisa Weilerstein and Israeli Inon Barnatan come to the Triad courtesy of the Secrest Artists Series

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