Eric Hodge

Host, "Morning Edition"

Eric Hodge hosts WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition, and files reports for the North Carolina news segments of the broadcast. He started at the station in 2004 doing fill-in work on weekends and All Things Considered.

In August 2004, he took over the Morning Edition slot where he enjoys the challenge of bringing North Carolina news to listeners each weekday. Eric moved to Carrboro from New York City in 2000. He worked for the BBC and XFM radio while living in London, England. He has also run his own music marketing company, worked for major record labels in both New York and London, and worked on the Grammy Award nominated Harry Belafonte project, "The Anthology of Black Music."

Eric grew up in Michigan, trained at the Broadcast Center in St. Louis with CBS's KMOX radio and worked at a variety of stations in the Midwest and upstate New York.

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Environment
9:19 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Hurricane Season Reaches A Quiet Peak

Hurricane Arthur caused damage on the Outer Banks in July.
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Historically, today marks the peak in the Atlantic hurricane season. 

There have been four named storms so far and three of those were hurricanes.  Hurricane Arthur caused damage to eastern North Carolina when it came ashore along the Outer Banks in July.  

Richard Bandy is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Newport.  He said forecasts for a below normal season are proving accurate. 

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Arts & Culture
1:34 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

How To Make Music That's Professional Yet Intimate? Michael Rank Has An Idea

North Carolina singer-songwriter Michael Rank

Michael Rank has recently released his fourth album of new material in two years.

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Transportation
9:38 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Alternate Route For Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Becomes Permanent

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A new, longer ferry route between Hatteras and Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks is now permanent. 

Officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and the North Carolina Department of Transportation made the announcement Monday. 

Tim Hass of the state Ferry Division says the original shorter route continues to be a problem.

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Big Star's Third
6:55 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Big Star's Third: An All-Star Celebration Of A Hugely Influential Band

L-R: Jody Stephens, host Eric Hodge, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris and Chris Stamey in the WUNC Studios
Credit Al Wodarski / WUNC

What music critics have said for years about The Velvet Underground could easily apply to Big Star, too: they were much more influential on later bands than the sum total of all the records they sold. Bands ranging from R.E.M. to Wilco to Cheap Trick to Teenage Fanclub to Dum Dum Girls all cite the influence of and appreciation for Big Star. A cover version of Big Star's "In The Street" served as the theme song for the popular TV sitcom That '70s Show.

Some thirty musicians (including Mike Mills of R.E.M. fame) are banding together Friday night in Carrboro, NC, to pay tribute to this seminal band by staging orchestrated versions of two of their albums.

  • Where: Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St. Carrboro, NC.
  • When: Friday August 22 Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m.
  • Tickets: via Cat's Cradle

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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Tue August 5, 2014

'Beauty World' Conjures Raw Pop And Dreamy Imagery

Duncan Webster and Leah Gibson make up the Durham duo Beauty World.
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Duncan Webster and Leah Gibson have each honed their chops with bands including Lost in the Trees, Hammer No More the Fingers, and Bowerbirds.  Recently the two Durhamites joined forces to form Beauty World.

The duo is also a couple. They've both played in several bands, but were introduced by a mutual friend.

The five-song E.P. features the song, "Architect". Webster wrote it about his own challenges in learning building design.

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Business & Economy
8:32 am
Tue August 5, 2014

NC Has 12th Most-Expensive Mortgage Closing Costs

North Carolina ranks 12th for mortgage closing costs.
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A new national survey shows mortgage closing costs are rising across all 50 states. 

Holden Lewis is a mortgage analyst for Bankrate.com.  He says North Carolina ranks as the 12th most expensive state. 

“Mortgage closing costs went up this year about five or six percent compared to last year.  And lenders say that the reason is regulation,” Lewis said. 

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Mark Eitzel Performs Tonight, Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University

Credit Merge Records

Merge Records is well into it 25th birthday party. The North Carolina-based label is taking all of 2014 to celebrate its silver jubilee. There've been reissues of classic recordings and a 25K run already, but this week is a big one for the music, with a series of concerts. Tonight, Mark Eitzel will be at Baldwin Auditorium on the Duke University campus:

Mark Eitzel

Known for: Melancholy tunes and witty lyrics

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Sports
9:05 am
Mon July 14, 2014

AAA All Stars Head To Durham Wednesday

Mike Hessman of the Toledo Mud Hens is returning to Durham Wednesday for the AAA All Star Game.
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The annual AAA All Star game is being held for the first time at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Wednesday. 

The Bulls have four players on the International League squad, and the team is being helmed by Durham manager Charlie Montoyo.  Festivities began with concerts and other fan events over the weekend. 

Scott Carter works for the Bulls.  He said excitement is building for tonight's popular Home Run Derby.

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Arts & Culture
12:08 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Loamlands Takes On Heavy Themes, Heavy Guitar In 'Some Kind Of Light'

Kym Register and Will Hackney make up Loamlands.
Credit Trekky Records

Kym Register and Will Hackney are back in the Triangle after a long stint on the road. The pair makes up the band, Loamlands, and they’re playing a homecoming show in Carrboro this weekend.

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Business & Economy
8:58 am
Mon June 23, 2014

NC Has Highest Bill For 'Check Engine' Lights

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Drivers in North Carolina pay more when the check engine light comes on than motorists in other states. 

That's according to a survey from the organization Car M.D.  The annual state-by-state ranking found the average car repair cost came out to about $426 in the Tar Heel State.

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