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.


Triad Arts
10:09 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Gershwin and Ravel Together at Last in W-S Symphony Finale

Renowned piano soloist Tamir Hendelman will perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with Bob Moody and the Winston-Salem Symphony.
Credit wssymphony.org

Coming up in May it’s the exciting final concert of the Winston-Salem Symphony’s Classics Series.

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1:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Kripplekrunk, Faith Action International House, and Wayne Shorter

Kripplekrunk CD Cover

Triad Arts Weekend April 18, 2014

On today’s show we take a look at some men and women whose passion for the arts inspires, entertains, and informs. First up its Rex McGee and the merry band of musical mischief makers that call themselves KrippleKrunk. Their debut album was released last summer, and with lots of concerts on their horizon, it’s a perfect time to get familiar with the music of this diverse all instrumental band. Then we knock on the door of Faith Action International House, and learn how to go from stranger, to neighbor. Faith Action tackles the big issues surrounding immigration, but they do it in relatable, community driven, and artistically inclined ways. Then we close out today’s show with David Ford’s conversation with one of the greats from the world of jazz. Composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Wayne just became an octogenarian , but trust that he has not slowed down one bit. In fact he just swept the Jazz awards, and won a Grammy.  

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8:30 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance Presents "Chess"

Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance

The ancient game of chess, super power politics, romantic rivalries, international intrigue and…ABBA? That’s right Chess with book by Richard Nelson and music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson comes to Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance opening Friday April 25th. Theatre Alliance actors Jaye Pierce and Troy Hurst spoke with David Ford about this unusual rock opera.

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7:48 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Meet the Artist: Singer/Songwriter Tyler Barham

Singer/Songwriter Tyler Barham.

Singer/songwriter Tyler Barham was named one of Country Music Association’s “Who New To Watch for 2013” and he followed that up this year by being named one of Billboard’s 10 Country Artists to Watch in 2014”. He’ll be performing in Stokesdale, NC on April 18th and in Sanford  the following evening. Tyler’s most recent independent release “Don’t Cage This Heart” debuted at 19 on the Billboard Heatseeker Albums Chart for All genres of music and #56 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart.

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7:46 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Greenhill Gallery Highlights the Work of Romare Bearden

Art © Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Romare Bearden, The Family, 1975, aquatint, image 19 ¾ x 26 inches

He was "one of America's pre-eminent artists" and "the nation's foremost collagist", according to the New York Times obituary for Charlotte native Romare Bearden. This week at Greenhill visitors to the gallery can view dozens of Bearden prints and more, and even bring some home. It’s the Select Collection Prints of Romare Bearden which opened yesterday and will remain on view through June 22nd. On April 26th Greenhill will host a daylong educational program that’s open to the public.

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