6:35 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Triad Adding to State's E V Charging Stations

In Winston-Salem, owners of hybrid cars do not have to pay to charge at the Main Street station. But City Sustainability Manager Wendell Hardin says beginning in May 2014, that will change. Drivers will pay between $1.50-$2.00 an hour.
City of Winston-Salem

Electric car owners can charge up in the Triad.

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3:25 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

RF Micro Devices Announces Merger That Would Create $2 Billion Company

Credit Logo image courtesy of RF Micro Devices Inc.

Greensboro-based electronic chip maker RF Micro Devices  Inc. announced a major merger Monday. The company is buying Oregon-based TriQuint Semiconductor. It’s an all-stock deal valued at more than $1.5 billion. The merged company will have combined revenues of more than $2 billion.

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5:46 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

New Greensboro City Manager Plans to Build on Momentum for More Economic Growth in the City

Jim Westmoreland, Greensboro's new city manager, has worked for the city of Greensboro since 1996. He says one of the biggest challenges this year for city officials is figuring out how to fix a $5-million deficit in the city's budget.
Credit City of Greensboro

The city of Greensboro has a new leader. Last week, council members chose Deputy City Manager Jim Westmoreland to replace City Manager Denise Turner Roth, who has been tapped for a federal post.

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1:15 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Greensboro Seeks Big Win in Development Strategy

Greensboro seeks major new economic developments.
Credit Dave Thrower

With the new year, the city of Greensboro is reviewing its current economic recruitment strategy to see if there's a better way to land a major economic partner. Catherine Carlock covers economic development for The Business Journal. Carlock and WFDD's Audrey Fannin discuss the business community's rising frustration as major companies have expressed interest in the city, but then settled elsewhere.

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5:03 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Quaker Pastor and Best-Selling Author Philip Gulley to Visit First Friends Meeting in Greensboro

Quaker Books

Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor and author of 18 books.  His most recent book is Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom for a Better Life Today.  Gulley will visit the First Friends Meeting in Greensboro this weekend for  Quaker Quest, a two day series of sessions and storytelling on the Quaker Way. 

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Leadership Development
1:19 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Local Authors Suggest Congress Is Caught in a Spell of Limitation

U.S. Capital Dome
Credit A. Currell via flickr

  Wayne Gerber and Dusty Staub are organizational consultants who work with corporations and organizations to identify their true purpose and to find ways to operate within that ideal.

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Regional Growth
7:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Downtown University Campus to Anchor Greensboro Development on South Elm

Rendering of the downtown university campus on South Elm Street in Greensboro
Credit Opportunity Greensboro

This week, a parcel of land on South Elm Street in Greensboro was identified as the site of the future downtown university campus, which will provide a collaborative space for the city's seven colleges and universities. The broader development goals for the 7.5-acre location are the topic of this weekly discussion on Triad business issues with Business Journal contributing writer - and Wake Forest University journalism program director - Justin Catanoso and WFDD's Audrey Fannin.

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6:34 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Youth Giving Summit Helps Teens Pay It Forward

Young philanthropists at the 2012 Youth Giving Summit.
Credit NC Youth Giving Network

This weekend in Greensboro, 200 high school students with gather for the Youth Giving Summit.  It's a statewide youth philanthropy event, and these teens will have a pool of $150,000 to distribute in their communities.  Eric Rowles is Director of the North Carolina Youth Giving Network.  Founded 8 years ago, Rowles says the program gives young people experience in paying forward their time, talent or treasure.   

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11:55 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Vaughan Defeats Perkins for Greensboro Mayor, 2 Newcomers Join Council

Nancy Vaughan smiles as she watches election returns with her husband Don after polls closed Tuesday.
Credit WFDD Photo by Paul Garber

GREENSBORO - City councilwoman Nancy Vaughan defeated incumbent Robbie Perkins to become the next mayor of Greensboro. Vaughan, who also finished ahead of Perkins in the Oct. 8 primary, won handily Tuesday, with 59 percent of the vote, compared to 40 percent for Perkins.

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11:03 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Vaughan, Perkins Square Off in Greensboro Mayor's Race

Credit Guilford County Board of Elections Sample Ballot Detail


Robbie Perkins is running for re-election as mayor of Greensboro for the first time since he defeated former one-term mayor Bill Knight two years ago. But his campaign has been plagued by reports of his own personal financial struggles. His challenger, long-time council-member Nancy Barakat Vaughan, finished ten points ahead of Perkins in the Oct. 8 primary. A third candidate, George Hartzman, was eliminated in that primary.

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7:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Triad Business Roundup: Health, Housing and Handshakes

Insurance companies are also trying to cope with delays in federal healthcare exchanges rollout.
Credit Tax Credits

  This week's business report is a roundup of several topics.  Business Journal contributing writer Justin Catanoso joins WFDD's Audrey Fannin to discuss Obamacare, housing markets and regional cooperation.  

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12:09 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Hong Kong Company Acquires Timco

A Hong Kong company will buy Timco, based in Greensboro. Today, executives are expected to discuss how this move will impact the Triad workforce.
Credit TIMCO

TIMCO Aviation Services (TIMCO) has been sold to Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO) for an estimated $388.8 million.

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8:20 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Robbie Perkins Edged Out in Greensboro; Other Primary Results

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Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins was defeated by Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan in the primary race for mayor.

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Regional Growth
7:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Deere-Hitachi Expands, TIMCO Waits and the Rhino Returns

Deere-Hitachi is is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Kernersville, and starting a $97 million expansion, the largest in its history.
Credit Deere-Hitachi /

Each Friday WFDD takes a look at business in the Triad.   This week instead of focusing on one topic, we'll review three developments in area business with Justin Catanoso, contributing writer for the Business Journal and director of Wake Forest University's journalism program.  

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7:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Greensboro's Performance Art Center Following in Durham's Footsteps

A sketch of the GPAC theater interior as presented in May, 2012.
Credit Rosser International, Inc., Artec Consultants, Inc. and Sutton Kennerly and Associates Inc.

Creating a performing arts center can draw people and businesses to a city’s downtown area, but it takes a lot of money and forethought to make it happen.   Business Journal reporter, Catherine Carlock, joins WFDD's Audrey Fannin for an update on Greensboro's performing arts center project, and how, in many ways, it's following the process Durham undertook to build its center.

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11:32 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Packing A Lunch will Help Feed Some Guilford County Children

You can save $5-$10 dollars a day by not eating out for lunch. This week, BackPack Beginnings wants you to pack your lunch for at least one day and donate what you save to feed a hungry, Guilford County child for a weekend.
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This week, consider skipping one meal in a restaurant to help fill the belly of a hungry child in Guilford County.

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4:35 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

GSO Salvation Army Opens New Family Store

Greensboro's Salvation Army has a new family store at 2100 North Elm Street, in the former Rite Aid building.
Credit Salvation Army

You can stretch your dollar further at a new Greensboro store.

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10:12 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Greensboro Theatre Group Sets Stage for Teens

Community Theatre of Greensboro is mobilizing people and resources to create an entertainment venue for teens. They're seeking funding for future events.
Credit wiki

One Greensboro theatre group is creating a new venue for teenagers.

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12:49 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Guilford County's HealthServe Closes Its Doors

HealthServe on South Eugene Street in Greensboro will close on Aug. 30.
Kathryn Mobley WFDD

Guilford County’s largest comprehensive clinic that serves uninsured residents is closing. 

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11:33 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Protestors Give Voice to North Carolina Struggles

In 1963, hundreds of thousands of people from across the country rally in Washington, D.C. Many from the Triad joined the demonstrations to gain more national rights for African Americans.
Credit wikimedia

The Moral Monday social movement is coming to the Triad - with a twist. 

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7:39 am
Tue August 6, 2013

GSO's Newest Public Art Provides Shelter

About 23,000 marbles are part of a new bus stop shelter in Greensboro.
Kathryn Mobley WFDD

There's a new spot in Greensboro that's turning heads.

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Radio Camp
11:36 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Talking Sports with Robert Malekoff

Robert Malekoff studies the business of college sports. He has multiple degrees, and he’s dedicated his life to understanding the role of college sports in our society.

Malekoff recently shared his academic take on sports with WFDD Radio Camper Desmond Cherry.


I talked with Robert Malekoff for a small interview. Robert, who introduced himself as Bob, talked to me about his career and his passion for college sports.

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7:50 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Guest Artist, Cello Soloist Lynn Harrell to Play with Eastern Music Festival This Weekend

Cello soloist Lynn Harrell.
Eastern Music Festival

The 52nd annual Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro continues through this weekend with a tremendous concluding concert by world renowned cello soloist Lynn Harrell. On Saturday night, July 27, at 8:00pm on the campus of Guilford College, EMF Music Director Gerard Schwarz will lead his friend, and the Festival Orchestra in a performance of Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor.
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8:33 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Hilarious Comedy, and That's No Nonsense

No Nonsense at the Idiot Box in Greensboro.

Comedians Pat McLeod and Eric Trundy “don’t get no respect”—especially from each other, as you'll hear. They’re the co-creators of No Nonsense Comedy at The Idiot Box in Greensboro. No-Nonsense is a stand-up comedy show featuring some of the best comedians in North Carolina. 
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10:56 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Notion Music and Performance Software Redefining Music Notation

Composer, educator, and inventor Jack Jarrett.

Today on the show, you can listen to Shanendoah performed by London Symphony violinist Nigel Broadbent. 
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10:09 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Universities Seek New Revenue from Research

Microscope in window
Credit ©WFU/Ken Bennett / Wake Forest University

Universities and colleges with a strong focus on research are exploring new revenue opportunities by licensing their discoveries and creating spinoff companies to produce and sell them. Justin Catanoso, 

contributing writer with the Business Journal and director of the journalism program at Wake Forest University, discusses how Triad institutions are participating in this trend with WFDD’s Audrey Fannin.

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4:25 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

"March Against Monsanto" events planned in Triad


Activists in Winston-Salem and Greensboro plan to join the March Against Monsanto, a worldwide day of protest on Saturday drawing attention to the issue of genetically modified crops.  

The effort, fueled by social media, was started earlier this year by a Utah woman after the defeat of a California ballot measure that would have required the labeling of all genetically modified organisms, GMOs.


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Summer Activities
2:33 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Free Summer Program for Greensboro Teens

More than 3,400 teens attended the Midnight Basketball program in Greensboro last year.
Credit Greensboro Sportsplex

Summer is just around the corner and that means finding activities to keep your kids busy during the school break. Greensboro Parks & Recreation is teaming up with the city’s police department, City Arts, public libraries and other organizations to create a program that will give teens in Guilford County plenty of things to do.

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3:56 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Putting Her Best Foot Forward

Ellenor Eubanks Shepherd (left) is an internationally competitive ballroom dancer. She trains at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio on Mill Street in Greensboro. Her coach/partner is Sasha Tsyhankov.
Kathryn Mobley WFDD

Ellenor Eubanks Shepherd is a competitive ballroom dancer, and at 81 she’s twirled into regional, national and international spotlights. “It stretches all parts of your body while you keep moving," says Ellenor. "You have to keep up with the music, so you have to stay mentally flexible as well as physically flexible.” She lives in Greensboro and trains at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio on Mill Street.

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7:02 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Big Changes Ahead for NC Commerce Dept.

Open for business
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  Big changes are in the works for North Carolina's Commerce Department. Business Journal contributing writer Justin Catanoso discusses what that might mean as the state works to attract new business with WFDD's Audrey Fannin.

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