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
8:53 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Music Academy of North Carolina Increases Access to Music Education

Music Academy of NC

The Music Academy of North Carolina increases access to music education in our community through school collaborations, festivals and competitions, and they’ve been doing it for 32 years. What began as music educator Ivan Battle’s vision and five teachers has since grown to an organization of 35 faculty instructing 1,000 students each week.

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Arts
1:55 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss, Puppetry, the Camel City Jazz Orchestra, and Tony Abbott

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Triad Arts Weekend: April 11, 2014

Today on the show we’ll take our hats off to Dr. Seuss. Bethany Chafin leads the way with her conversation with Bill Dreyer. Bill’s the curator and director for the Dr. Seuss art collection now on display at the Art Shop in Greensboro. Then from the cat in the hat we jump back in time to when Swing was King. It’s open rehearsal with tenor sax player Matt Kosma and the Camel City Jazz Orchestra every Monday night at Krankies and you're invited. We’ll move on from Big Band to Bunnies, and the Winston-Salem Children’s Puppet Theatre production of “A Tall Tale of Peter Rabbit”. Granny Blue Ridge is here with her posse of young puppeteers from Heritage Theatre. Their motto is Live it To Learn It, and this weekend they’re giving back to The Second Harvest Food bank. We wrap things up with poet and author Tony Abbott. Ever wonder what it’d be like to chat it up with an angel? Tony sure has, and you’ll be a fly on the wall during the Angel Dialogues, his new book out on Lorimer Press. Angels, bunnies, jazz and all the green eggs and ham you can eat next on Triad Arts Weekend.

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Arts
9:48 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Winston-Salem Children's Puppet Theatre Presents A Tall Tale of Peter Rabbit

Winston-Salem Children’s Puppet Theatre & The Second Harvest Food Bank present: A Tall Tale of Peter Rabbit this weekend. Saturday, April 12th at 11 and 2, and Sunday the 13th at 2 at Heritage Theatre 4630 Old Walkertown Road. There you’ll see and hear the puppets, muppets, rabbits and actors from Heritage Theatre perform.  Director Jane Quinn aka Granny Blue Ridge has led the group for 17 years with puppet and mask shows, reenactments on virtually every school subject imaginable often encompassing the Common Core Curriculum.

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Arts
8:36 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Meet the Artist: Jazz Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval (left) collaborates with a member of the Piedmont Wind Symphony.
Piedmont Wind Symphony

On April 3rd the Piedmont Wind Symphony kicked off the baseball season opener for the Winston-Salem Dash. The adult wind ensemble serving the Piedmont Triad area was founded under the direction of Robert Simon back in 1989 with seed money from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Their goal is to further adult music education and provide performance opportunities for post-college-age musicians. Along the way the Piedmont Wind Symphony has been expanding the musical experiences available to Triad audiences of all ages.

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Arts
8:38 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Douglas Butler on New Book - North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History

Author Douglas Butler.
Douglas Butler

In researching his new book North Carolina Civil War monuments: An Illustrated History, author, photographer, Douglas Butler uncovered lots of competing interests immediately following the war as different groups sought to advance their own version of what the war had been about and what it had accomplished.

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