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88.5 WFDD, the NPR® news and Triad Arts station broadcasting from Wake Forest University, is the only public radio station of its kind located in the Piedmont Triad. It broadcasts news, information, and public affairs programming covering the arts, people, and institutions in the area from both its Winston-Salem and Greensboro studios.

The state's charter NPR® member, 88.5 WFDD is the longest continuously broadcasting public radio station in North Carolina. It is a member of the North Carolina Public Radio Association.

88.5 WFDD
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

phone: 336-758-8850
news tips: 336-758-3083
fax: 336-758-5193

In downtown Greensboro, you can hear WFDD at 104.7 FM.


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Across the Blue Ridge focuses on the southern Blue Ridge area known through generations and still today as a hotbed of old-time, bluegrass, blues, and country music. Across the Blue Ridge weekly episodes are available by carriage fee only, not points. Contact Tom Dollenmayer ( or call 336-758-8859 to confirm carriage or for more information. Stations carrying Across the Blue Ridge weekly can download episodes manually or can have them delivered to their automation systems weekly via the PRX Exchange.

  • From: WFDD
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2018
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Steinway recording artist Peter Kairoff makes classical music accessible to all in Kairoff At The Keyboard.

  • From: WFDD
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2018
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News, personal reflections, commentaries, interviews, self-narrated pieces and much more. All stories are produced by High School students as part of their Radio 101 class.

  • From: WFDD
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2017

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Caption: Flatfoot dancers get out onto the floor at Surry Community College in North Carolina as the Slate Mountain Ramblers perform in the band contest at the Surry Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention, co-sponsored by Across the Blue Ridge. The annual convention season, Credit: Paul Brown
An action-packed and music-packed program this week includes fiddle music from Aubrey Haynie, a classic from the Carter Family – and a visit to the...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Sarah Ogan Gunning was a traditional Kentucky singer – and an activist writer of work songs and union organizer in the coalfields of the Cumberland Plateau.  Hear about her, listen to her music, and find out about other women musicians famous and unknown , Credit: Ellen Stekert, Folk-Legacy Records
We conclude our two-part Blue Ridge Music Trails feature on women in old-time music with more of Alice Gerrard’s presentation at the Earle Theater ...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: The Coon Creek Girls were an early women’s country music ensemble who made a hit in Kentucky and beyond during the 1930s. We hear them, plus other women mountain musicians who went largely unnoticed, on this ATBR episode.  , Credit: Berea College, Southern Appalachian Archives, John Lair Collection
This week, in addition to some traditional bluegrass and country classics, we hear some great bluegrass and old time music from women both famous a...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Dewey and Leslie Brown & The Carolina Gentlemen at the Browns’ revived Liberty Showcase Theater in Liberty, NC. The band performs a combination of new songs and bluegrass and old-time standards, playing an active role in the evolution of tradition.  Our B, Credit: Pual Brown
This week we hear a fascinating selection of early old-time string band recordings. And in our latest Blue Ridge Music Trails episode, we visit a r...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
Caption: Blue Ridge Mountains, western North Carolina. , Credit: Ken Thomas, public domain
This week we take a tour through traditions of geographic place, culture, and heritage. We’ll hear some wonderful fiddle tunes and songs from West ...

  • Added: Mar 26, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
Caption: This week’s ATBR episode is a listening session featuring both classics and new recordings showcasing sounds of the southern mountains.  , Credit: Alex Grichenko, public domain
This week we hear a fine collection of classic songs and tunes, plus some new recordings. It’s a music-packed hour with songs from the Knuckle Kno...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Vivian Leva is creating new songs and fresh approaches to old mountain classics.  Her premiere album, Time Is Everything, features both, and we hear selections on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge episode.  , Credit: Oliva Siegel, courtesy Vivian Leva
This week we showcase the premiere album of a young singer and songwriter steeped in traditional Blue Ridge mountain music. Vivian Leva – who’s be...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: We profile the Jones House Community Center in Boone, NC this week in the latest episode of ATBR’s Blue Ridge Music Trails series.  Hear about the history of the house, and how it has become a vibrant center for traditional music, attracting students, per, Credit: Jones House Community Center
The Jones House Community Center in Boone, NC is the latest stop on our Blue Ridge Music Trails series. We hear from director Mark Freed about the...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: The Maddox Brothers and Rose are among the many artists featured on this week’s show.  The Alabama siblings migrated to California during the Great Depression.  They found work at first picking crops, then made their way onto local radio and became much-l, Credit: Paul Brown collection
This week we cover a lot of audio territory, starting with some powerful fiddling from the early bluegrass era. Hear Paul Warren and Curly Ray Cli...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Algia Mae Hinton, North Carolina blueswoman, dancer and songster, lived a dramatic and often difficult life.  Her hardships and joys shone intensely through her music.  We take stock of her life in this Across the Blue Ridge  episode.  , Credit: Music Maker Relief Foundation
A great variety show this week, starting off with some powerful songs and tunes from the old-time and bluegrass evolution. Then we have an appreci...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2018
  • Length: 56:58