David Ford


Before his arrival in the Triad, David had already established himself as a fixture in the Austin, Texas arts scene as a radio host for Classical 89.5 KMFA. During his tenure there, he produced and hosted hundreds of programs including Mind Your Music, The Basics and T.G.I.F. Thank Goodness, It’s Familiar, which each won international awards in the Fine Arts Radio Competition. David continues presenting classical music to new audiences as the producer of Kairoff at the Keyboard which airs locally and is distributed by PRX.

As a radio journalist with 88.5 WFDD, his features have been recognized by the Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors Inc., Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals, and Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. David has written national features for NPR, KUSC and CPRN in Los Angeles and conducted interviews for Minnesota Public Radio's Weekend America.

David’s love of music runs deep. As a child growing up in La Crosse, Wisconsin, he participated in bands, orchestras, and choirs. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance at Northwestern University, where he also studied composition and jazz arranging. After college, David enjoyed a career as a principal clarinetist in orchestras throughout the interior of Mexico. He still performs clarinet and a variety of other instruments as a member of Eklektikos.

In his spare time, David enjoys playing tennis, writing and recording music, and quality family time with his wife, violinist Jacqui Carrasco and their teenaged son, Rafa.