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.


8:52 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Alumna and Violonist Ida Beiler to Play Concert at UNCSA

Violinist Ida Beiler.

Triad Arts as Broadcast at 8:35am and 5:44pm
On Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:30 PM, the University of NC School of the Arts will throw a double celebration recital. 

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1:13 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Lemony Snicket, The Flying Dutchman, Dale Pollock on Film, and Terry Kennedy's New Poetry Collection

Woodie Anderson's cover for Terry Kennedy's New River Breakdown.
Unicorn Press

Triad Arts Weekend: October 18, 2013

It’s an afternoon of sophisticated fun with literature, poetry, opera and film on our plate. First, Eddie Garcia chats it up with Daniel Handler. He’s perhaps better- known as author Lemony Snicket, the man behind "A Series of Unfortunate Events", and we feel very fortunate to have him here with us today. Less fortunate perhaps was The Flying Dutchman. He made a deal with the Devil that left him searching the High Seas for a heart of gold—for centuries! On the heels of Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday, Piedmont Opera’s Jamie Allbritten and soprano Carter Scott are here to deliver a happy, but a bit soggy ending. We’ll go Behind the Scenes with film producer, writer and professor Dale Pollock. He takes us right up close to the sometimes disturbing intersection of violence and humor in film. And Bethany Chafin brings us full circle with Triad poet, author, educator Terry Kennedy. His publisher at Unicorn Press and a community of local artists have come together to create New River Breakdown

Lemony Snicket

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8:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

An Evening of Poetry with Ed Wilson

Edwin Wilson

Triad Arts as broadcast at 8:35am and 5:44pm
"Two Tuesdays in October" at Centenary United Methodist Church kicks off with Dr. Edwin Wilson’s lecture entitled "The Three Ages of Man: Keats, Wordsworth and Yeats". The free lecture will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church on Tuesday evening, October 22nd, at 7:00. For many years at Wake Forest University, Ed taught a course on William Butler Yeats, and his 2009 lecture series at Centenary included the poetry of his favorite Yeats along with that of Thomas Hardy, and T.S. Eliot. 

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8:21 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Piedmont Opera Presents The Flying Dutchman

Jake Gardner is the Dutchman and Carter Scott is Senta in the Piedmont Opera's The Flying Dutchman.
Steve Davis Photography

Triad Arts as broadcast at 8:35am and 5:44pm
Long ago there was an arrogant Dutchman who thought that he could sail around the Cape making a bet with the Devil in the process. Well, he lost that bet, and to lift the Devil’s curse he’s forced to sail the high seas for centuries in search of the one woman who will love him truly and forever. The Dutchman is given one chance every 7 years to come on land a try to find his one true love, and Friday, October 25th is his lucky day. That’s when the Piedmont Opera’s production of Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman comes to the Stevens Center of the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

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2:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

They Might Be Giants, The Story of My Life, The Love Language, and More

They Might Be Giants' John Flansburg and John Linnell.
They Might Be Giants

Triad Arts Weekend: October 11, 2013

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