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.


8:37 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Sounds of Summer Organ Concert Series Continues

Organist Ray Ebert.
Hayden Barnes

Triad Arts as Broadcast at 8:35am and 5:44pm
Sounds of the Summer: Exploring the Tones and Colors of Organs in Winston-Salem began June 9th, with a recital by Co-founder, award-winning organist Timothy Olsen. He performed on the 1971 Charles W. McManis Organ at the Gemeinhaus in Historic Bethabara Park. Sounds of the Summer 2013 concludes on Monday, August 19th, at 7PM with a performance in Shirley Recital Hall in the Elberson Fine Arts Center at Salem College. The program, presented by students of UNCSA and Salem College ,will feature the recently restored and renovated 1965 Flentrop Organ. Every pipe organ has a unique character and collection of sounds. Gentle, warm, vocal, clear: all these terms describe this Flentrop organ. Sounds of Summer Co-founder, Winston-Salem native, Centenary United Methodist Church Organist Emeritus Ray Ebert spoke with David Ford about this remarkable performance series.

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8:40 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Carolina Summer Music Festival Celebrates "Things Wondrous and Humble"

Messo-soprano Janine Hawley will perform at A Bouquet of Music.
Rebecca McNeely Capture Public Reltaions

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The new exhibit Things Wondrous & Humble: American Still Life at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art features some of the finest examples of still life—both traditional and some unexpected approaches—from collections all across North Carolina. Coming up on Sunday, August 18th at 3 p.m. in the Babcock Wing of Reynolda House, the Carolina Summer Music Festival presents A Bouquet of Music—a chamber recital featuring music inspired by nature and flowers. On the program of 7 nature-inspired works, mezzo-soprano Janine Hawley will be joined by pianist Robert Roco in a performance of "My Master hath a Garden" by Richard Hundley. We sample from their performance in today's show. 

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9:52 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Greensboro Arts Council Has New Name, Gears Up For 17 Days Arts and Cultural Festival

Joan Osborne will perform at this year's 17 Days Arts and Cultural Festival.
Courtesy of Siren Mountain Jam.

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Since its founding in 1962, Greensboro’s arts council has contributed approximately $20 million to area arts organizations and projects. 

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10:01 am
Mon August 12, 2013

The "Expressions of Joy" on Piano

Pianist Joy Brit Reavis.
Zumwalt Photography

Joy Brit Reavis began playing piano when she was 6 years old and just four years later she put pen to paper on the first of what would be many childhood compositions. After getting married, Joy put her composing on hold until her children were grown, and now she’s back with a vengeance. She’s already released two CDs of solo piano music—Expressions of Joy, a set of originals and her Christmas album Tidings of Joy—and she’s currently working on her third titled Joy of Nature.

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1:57 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: August 9, 2013

David Ford chats with Josephus III and three young poets headed to the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival.

  This week it’s an eclectic musical mix with poetry slam, Kairoff at the Keyboard, plus a nod to some of the unsung heroes behind the music making as well. We begin with “The Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge” and Bethany Chafin’s conversation with Executive Director of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Matt Edwards. Then it’s time for spoken word with some of the Triad’s most talented young poets.

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