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
1:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Songwriting Sessions, "Our Country's Good", Dale Pollock, and the Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Singer/songwriter Tyler Nail.
Tyler Nail

Triad Arts Weekend: March 28, 2014

Everybody loves a good song, but did you ever wonder exactly goes into creating one? Singer/songwriters Tyler Nail and Johnathan Loos have been asking that very question of themselves off and on for most of their adult lives. They’ve got a few ideas and their here to share during the 2nd Annual Songwriter Sessions in Winston-Salem. Then it’s time to break out your vegemite sandwiches and “have a g’day” with the WFU Theatre Department production of “Our Country’s Good”: a 19th century Australian penal colony prison, and a chance at redemption for its inhabitants through one life-changing theatrical experience. It’s certainly changing perceptions among the talented Wake student actors and they’re here to explain how. And Dale Pollock takes us Behind the Scenes to help us make sense of current film and theatre trends and just who is borrowing from whom these days. Meanwhile they’ll be keeping it authentic BIG TIME this weekend at the Surry Old Time Fiddler’s Convention and David's guests, fiddler Nick McMillian and bassist Buck Buckner will take a step back in time with us, and hold our hand all the way to the dance floor.

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Arts
7:47 am
Fri March 28, 2014

2nd Annual Winston-Salem Songwriter Sessions Features Tyler Nail, Johnathan Loos, and Colin Allured

Tyler Nail.
Tyler Nail.

Songwriter sessions are typically a chance to be a fly on the wall as musicians perform their original songs and then share their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on the craft of songwriting. This Saturday night, April 29th, those four walls will be the Community Arts Café.

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Arts
8:15 am
Thu March 27, 2014

This Weekend the 5th Annual Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention Takes Place

Back-Step is Michael Motley-banjo, Chester McMillian-guitar, Nick McMillian-fiddle, Buck Buckner-Bass.
Judy Buckner

The 5th annual Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention rounds out the month of March with award-winning musicians, free workshops, great food, and lots of dance. There’ll also be luthier displays, band competitions, and great live performances by Mountain Park Old Time Band, Slate Mountain Ramblers and Back-Step. Back-Step members bassist Buck Buckner and fiddler Nick McMillian are co-organizers.

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Arts
8:25 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Dark in the Song, A Contemporary Bassoon Collective Premiers New Music by Michael Gordon

The members of Dark in the Song.

It’s not every day you get the chance to hear five bassoonists performing together, much less five of the most innovative and accomplished bassoonists in the world. Dark in the Song, a contemporary bassoon collective formed in 2010 is that dream team bassoon ensemble: University of NC School of the Arts instructor Saxton Rose, Rachel Elliot, Michael Harley, Lynn Hileman and Peter Kolkay.

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Arts
9:03 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Meet the Artist: Cory Willingham

Cory Willingham at work in the studio.
Cory Willingham

Cory Willingham is a versatile artist with interests in the physical world, psychology and nature, and many of those interests find their way into her work. One of Cory’s self-described obsessions is extreme weather, and for years she’s attempted to capture through her paintings the devastating impacts of tornadoes, and hurricanes on people’s lives. Her 2011 exhibition “Tales from the Road” opened the then brand new Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville.

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