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.


8:47 am
Wed April 30, 2014

UNCSA Presents First Annual High School Chamber Brass Competition

UNCSA Brass and Percussion Chair Judith Saxton

This weekend the University of NC School of the Arts will present their First Annual High School Chamber BRASS Competition Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 12:30 – 7:00 pm in Watson Chamber Music Hall.

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8:37 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Remembering the Artist: American Composer, Educator Robert Ward

Robert Ward

Of the many famous American novels and plays that have been converted into operas The Crucible based on the Tony Award-winning play of the same name by Arthur Miller tops that list. The opera composer was Robert Ward who passed away in April of last year at the age of 95. The Crucible premiered in 1961 and the following year it won both the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Music Critics Circle Citation.

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3:31 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

David English, Mark Freundt, Hope Larson, Lemony Snicket, and Matt Haimovitz on Triad Arts Weekend

Cellist Matt Haimovitz

Triad Arts Weekend: April 25, 2014

This week we revisit some of Team Triad Arts’ choice recent interviews, and get a musical look at this Earth Day Weekend. Guitarist David English is one of the performers at the Piedmont Earth Day Fair, and we’ll join him in conversation with David Ford, and learn about the art of building the cigar box guitar. Our celebration of Mother Earth continues with Mark Freundt. He’s conducting the 4th annual presentation of the Missa Gaia (Earth Mass). Then we’ll get a little silly & confusing with author Lemony Snicket – that is, if he even shows up. Mr. Snicket crafted the wildly popular “A Series of Unfortunate Events” novels, and now he’s inking out his peculiar craft in the world of detective fiction. We keep the pen close to paper with acclaimed graphic novelist Hope Larson, and a look at her adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time.” Then we wrap things up with acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz. Matt explores the sonic limits of the cello from Bach to Hendrix with indie rock detours along the way. 

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8:35 am
Fri April 25, 2014

9th Annual Piedmont Environmental Earth Day is this Saturday

Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro

This weekend the celebration of Mother Earth continues in the Triad at the 9th annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds on Saturday from 10-5 with live music, demonstrations, fun for kids, and some great healthy local food options. On Saturday night it’s a performance of Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro on Saturday. Piedmont Environmental Alliance Executive Director Kristin Wiggins spoke with David Ford about the Fair.

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9:06 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Art and Entertainment at the Willingham Theatre

Willingham Theatre

In December of 2012 Yadkin Cultural Arts Center opened the doors to its new Willingham Theatre. The state-of-the-art performance theatre brings incredible entertainment at affordable prices to Yadkin County all season long and that new tradition continues this spring with musical theatre, Jazz, modern dance, Shakespeare, and award-winning Acoustic Americana in June.

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