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
3:56 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Amigo, Pianist Jon Nakamatsu, RiverRun International Film Fest, and Terri Kirby Erickson

Triad Arts Weekend: March 21, 2014

What do you get when you cross gritty east Texas honky-tonks with flamboyant art school kids? Well, as Technical Producer Eddie Garcia finds out you get a friend: Amigo. They have a new album out and Eddie chats it up with front man Slade Baird. Then we wipe off the honky-tonk dust, grab our smoking jacket and sit down for a civilized evening of world class chamber music. Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist is coming to town to play Music for a Great Space with mind-blowingly good clarinetist Jon Manasse, and he talks shop with me. Then, speaking of international, Eddie’s back with RiverRun International Film Festival Executive Director Andrew Rodgers. The Fest turns 16 this year and Andrew gives us a sweet preview. International award-winning poet Terri Kirby Erickson is here too. She’s ready to launch her new book—with a cool title: A Lake of Light and Clouds. Terri’s got a way of seeing the everyday as if we just got a new pair of specks.

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Arts
8:34 am
Fri March 21, 2014

The Pilot Mountain Bowed Dulcimer Festival Begins April 11th

Performer and luthier Ken Bloom
Kentucky Music Week

The 10th Annual Pilot Mountain Bowed Dulcimer Festival kicks off Friday, April 11th with jam sessions Friday and Saturday nights, and it runs through Sunday the 13th.  The concert is as always open to the public with performances featuring among other great folk artists, festival organizer Ken Bloom, a true master of the sometimes mournful, sometimes mysterious and often times merry-sounding bowed dulcimer.

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Arts
8:32 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu and World Renowned Clarinetist Jon Manasse Perform in GSO

John Nakamatsu and Jon Manassee.
Sarah Shatz

This Friday in the Triad, two of the world’s greatest chamber musicians: Van Cliburn gold medalist pianist Jon Nakamatsu and world renowned clarinetist Jon Manasse will will perform together live in concert as part of the Music for a Great Space series. Jon Nakamatsu spoke with David Ford by phone from his home in New York.

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Arts
8:12 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Terri Kirby Erickson Celebrates New Collection of Poetry: A Lake of Light and Clouds

The cover of Terri Kirby Erickson's new collection of poetry, A Lake of Light and Clouds. Art by Stephen White.
Terri Kirby Erickson

International award-winning poet Terri Kirby Erickson recently completed her fourth collection of poetry. The Press 53 author will unveil her latest: A Lake of Light and Clouds at the Historic Broyhill in Clemmons on April 3rd. The book launch gala is also a fundraiser for the Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center Simstein Memorial Fund for patients unable to afford treatment.

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Arts
8:33 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Sarod Player Gaurang Doshi Pays Tribute to His Father Dr. Laxmikant Doshi with Concert at UNCG

Gaurang Doshi
sarodsitar.com

The sarod along with the sitar, is the most popular and prominent instrument in the classical music of Northern India. It’s fretless and can mimic vocal qualities with continuous slides between notes. Its sympathetic strings and bowl-like resonator give it a deep, reverberant quality. Last year we lost one of the world’s pre-eminent Sarod masters, Guru Pandit Laxmikant Doshi. He received the highest honor awarded to a citizen of India for his contributions in the field of Classical music, the “Gaurav Puraskar”. His son Gaurang studied with Dr.

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