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
8:39 am
Tue December 17, 2013

New Year's Eve and a John Denver Tribute with Greensboro Symphony Pops, Lee Holdridge, and Jim Curry

Jim Curry
JimCurryMusic.com

Triad Arts as Broadcast at 8:35am and 5:44pm
This New Year’s eve, the Greensboro Symphony Pops presents a unique, feel good way to ring in 2014. The symphony along with Grammy award-winning arranger, composer and conductor Lee Holdridge will celebrate what would have been John Denver’s 70th birthday with the return of tribute artist Jim Curry. Jim has performed Denver’s songs in sold out shows all across the country, and he’s quickly become today’s top interpreter of Denver’s enormous legacy of multi-platinum hits. After listening to "Leaving on a Jet Plane", David Ford asked Jim about John Denver’s special songwriting gift.  
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Arts
1:31 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Jazz Guitar, Handel's Messiah, Another Holiday Film Classic, and More on Triad Arts Weekend

Fall Into Me is this year's Honor Card by artist Bill Mangum. The Honor Card Program raises awareness of the homeless in our state.
William Mangum

Triad Arts Weekend: December 13, 2013

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Arts
8:19 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Meet the Artist: Bass Jason McKinney

Jason McKinney as Paul Robeson
https://sites.google.com/site/jsmndma/

Acclaimed bass Jason McKinney graduated from the University Of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied voice with soprano Marilyn Taylor and tenor Glenn Siebert. He also studied conducting with Maestro James Allbritten, and composition with Kenneth Frazelle. Jason McKinney has performed the role of legendary bass Paul Robeson many times in "A Play Based on the Life of Paul Robeson" by Phillip Hayes Dean.  In it, Jason embodies the many fascinating sides of Robeson’s life.

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Arts
8:33 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance Presents "Every Christmas Story Ever Told"

Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told.
Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance

Just how many Christmas stories can you cram into 90-minutes? Well, the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance answers that very question with their upcoming production: “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)?” Actors Ken Ashford and Michael Ackerman spoke with David Ford about the show.  They along with Chad Edwards will team up for a hilarious and very thorough romp through Christmas stories from ancient times to pop culture and every carol in between.

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Arts
8:32 am
Wed December 11, 2013

William Mangum Discusses New Art Collection "Fall Into Me"

Bill Mangum

William Mangum has been a professional artist for 36 years, selling his art all over the world, running his own gallery and giving back to the community. Bill has provided original art to the Honor Card program for 25 years, raising awareness about the homeless in Our State. Bill’s involvement sprang from a chance meeting he had years ago with a homeless man named Mike Saavedra who was unable to care for himself.  Bill ultimately became Mike’s caretaker, and he credits Mike for teaching him many life lessons.

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