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
8:28 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Stand Up, Improv, and More at Greensboro's Idiot Box Comedy Club

Idiot Box Co-owner Jennie Stencel.
The Idiot Box

Triad Arts as Broadcast at 8:35am and 5:44pm
The art of comedy is alive and well in the Triad and much of the credit goes to The Idiot Box Comedy Club in Greensboro. There you’ll find a veritable beehive of activity going on year-round. This fall is no exception with their monthly Knuckleheads production—an all-ages, kid friendly show with stand up, improve and sketch. Comedian Eric Trundy and club owner Steve Lesser are teaching stand up classes, and tonight at 8:00pm at the Idiot Box it’s round two of The 6th Annual Ultimate Comic Challenge. Eric knows the UCC well, as does Idiot Box Co-owner Jennie Stencel. Jennifer is a comedian and improv actor well-known to Triad audiences. From 2006-2010 she was the comedic traffic reporter on WXII-TV whose on-air antics—rapping the traffic report—eventually wound up on CNN, VH1, and MSNBC. David Ford began by asking Jennie how the Ultimate Comic Challenge came into being.

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Arts
8:49 am
Thu October 10, 2013

The Bel Canto Company Presents Double Double Toil and Trouble

The bass section.
Bel Canto Company

Triad Arts as Broadcast at 8:35am and 5:44pm
Click here to listen to David's full interview with Bel Canto's Artistic Director and conductor Welborn E. Young.
Bel Canto Company presents Double Double Toil and Trouble, an exciting, international concert of cutting-edge 20th century pieces for vocal ensemble featuring Gian Carlo Menotti’s mammoth 30-minute work The Unicorn, The Gorgon and the Manticore: Three Sundays of a Poet (Introduction, Twelve Madrigals and six Interludes). The performances are Saturday, October 12 at 8:00 pm, and Monday, October 14 at 7:30 pm in Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro. Bel Canto Artistic Director and conductor Welborn E. Young discussed the program with David Ford from his studio at the UNC at Greensboro where he is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music. Also on the program will be music by Hungarian composer György  Orbán, Norwegian Ola Gjeilo, and Finnish composers Bengt Johanson, and Jaako Mäntyjärvi. Today we give a sample from all four.

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Arts
8:32 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Grab Your Passport to Entertainment with High Point Theatre

David Bromberg.
High Point Theatre

The High Point Theatre’s Passport to Entertainment Series began last weekend with a nostalgic trip back to the 60s and 70s with Gary “Dream Weaver” Wright and Rick “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo” Derringer and it continues this Saturday, October 12th at 8 with the political humorist who paved the way for comedians like John Stewart and Steven Colbert: Mr. Mark Russell takes the stage at the High Point Theatre.

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Arts
9:17 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Sharing the Lives of Six Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through Art

Christine Rucker
Christine Rucker

Triad Arts as Broadcast at 8:35am and 5:44pm
Click here to listen to David's complete interview with Christine and Phoebe.
The Story of My Life shares the lives of six adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Greg Silvernail, James Loudermilk, John Linville, Cecelia Henry, Karen Lash and Ghree Lockard. Their stories are told through photographs, spoken and written word, and visual art that they created in collaboration with instructors from the Sawtooth School for Visual Art. The multi-media exhibition opens Friday, October 11th and it’ll remain on display through November 14th at the Sawtooth School in Winston-Salem.

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Arts
8:40 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Arts D'Vine Presents Witches' Crawl in Downtown Kernersville

Not Dead Yet Blues Band
http://notdeadyetblues.com/

Downtown Kernersville’s Arts DVine presents Witches’ Crawl Friday night, October 11th from 5-9pm. You can stroll the streets of historic downtown—dressed up in costume if you so desire—and see businesses transformed into art galleries hosting a variety of Triad artists and musicians. North Carolina Wine samplings will be happening everywhere you turn, and local food purveyors will offer tasty tidbits as well.

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