Voice Artist – Audio Producer and Sound Designer – Educator – Studio Designer – Consultant
After graduating from Dartmouth High, David was the first student to enroll in the NSCC’s Radio TV Broadcasting program in the late 70’s. Starting in Windsor as a News Reporter & Announcer, Dave has worked in almost every department in Radio. After leaving Nova Scotia to become Sports Director of the OK Radio Group in Alberta, Broadcaster Arnie Patterson would later bring David back home to Dartmouth’s 680 CFDR as their youngest full-time on-air personality. Later in the 80’s he accepted an “offer he couldn’t refuse” and moved to the Annapolis Valley and later became Program Manager of both the AVR Network & Magic 97 under ‘maverick’ independent owner, the ‘late’ Neil McMullen. In 1995, a year before Neil retired and sold the company, Dave left AVR Ltd. and began teaching at the Nova Scotia Community College Kingstec Campus assisting in the College’s upgrading of the Radio TV Arts curriculum and it’s Media-Centre expansion.
On his first trip to NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) in New Orleans in ’81, Dave was one of only 6 Canadians to attend. With a growing CV, he continued professional development with NAB, Billboard and CRS Programming in ’86, ’87, ’89 and ’91. He attained his Nova Scotia Teaching License Certification in 1997 and also studied Digital Audio at Avid’s Digidesign Centre in Burbank, California in 1998. Though initially planning to teach for only 5 years, David completed over 23 years as an instructor in the popular NSCC RTJ (Radio TV Journalism) program in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. “When every RTJ graduate was hired… or when the phone rings for career advice 10 years later, those are the most satisfying ‘teaching’ moments.”
In May 2007, the NSCC’s RTA program re-located from Kentville to the new ‘high-tech-green’ Ivany Campus in Dartmouth. David designed and managed the 9 Radio training studios described by others as “one of the best post-secondary Radio and Television Training Centres in Canada”. His NSCC faculty colleagues included veteran CTV & CBC Journalist Yvonne Colbert, TV Producer & Video Wiz Stephen Melanson, former C100 Creative Writer & Jack 92-9 On-Air Personality Nicolle Bellefontaine and the newest addition to the NSCC RTJ faculty, global journalist and former CBC TV Anchor Erin Moore.
In 2010, NSCC Radio students won 5 of the 7 BEAC national audio awards, including the Presidents Award for the Best Overall audio entry in all Canadian student categories. In 2011, the top Radio PSA and the Presidents Award for best overall audio was again awarded to an NSCC Radio student and in 2012, an NSCC Radio student won another BEAC award for the Top student-produced Radio Drama in Canada. In 2014 four NSCC Radio graduates won a national BEAC award for ‘Best Podcast & Information Magazine Show’.
In the late 90’s David started freelance consulting to maintain currency in the Radio, Creative and Audio Production field. In 2003 he launched MediaVoice, the hub of his creative, consulting and technical activity. “I love working with new clients and I wish there were 36 hours in a day. I’m honored to have been entrusted with projects both small and large and I strive to exceed the expectations of every client”. Today, over 25 professional voices are represented by MediaVoice and educational, government and corporate voicing services have become it’s “hallmark products”.
David has also been judging for over a dozen years. He has adjudicated for the Atlantic Journalism awards in Halifax, was a RTDNA judge for several years, was an annual Judge for the national BEAC Student Radio Awards and four years ago was named to the panel of judges for the Radio And Production world publication, RAPMag headquartered in Texas, USA.
Broadcast Educators Assoc. of Canada 2017 National Media Teaching Award Winner. David was the recipient of the ‘Michael Monty Distinguished Service’ National Teacher Award in 2017. The award is presented annually to a Canadian University/College Faculty member who exhibits a high degree of consistent passion for their electronic media subject area and for connecting post-secondary students with Radio & Television Industry Employers.
Dave’s hobbies include Photography, Renovating & Restoring and trying to learn to play guitar. “My dream is to someday perform publicly..at least once”. David resides in the eastern Annapolis Valley with his daughter ‘Joy’. MediaVoice is located in West Hants, a 40 minute drive from Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, Canada.
David is also a frequent Media commentator on evolving Radio issues and he continues to study and research the changing Radio medium. The winter of 2018 began David’s next chapter as he moved from a fulltime NSCC teaching role to part-time status so he can devote more time to MediaVoice projects that have been ‘on hold’ for too long. To contact David, simply email David@Mediavoice.ca