Voice Over Artist – Consultant – Award-winning Educator & Trainer – Audio Producer – Studio Designer/Project Mgr
After graduating from Dartmouth High, David was the first student to enroll in the NSCC’s Radio-TV Broadcasting program in the late ’70s. 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, Halifax Broadcaster Arnie Patterson would later bring David back home to Dartmouth’s heritage Radio station 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 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 1982, 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 1991. He attained his Nova Scotia Teaching License in ’97 and also studied Digital Audio at Avid’s Digidesign College Centre in Burbank, California in 1998. Though initially planning to teach for only 5-7 years, David completed over 23 years as an instructor in the popular NSCC RTJ (Radio TV Journalism) program. “When every Radio graduate was hired… or when the phone rings for career advice 10 months or 10 years later, those are ‘the’ most satisfying teaching moments.”
In 2007, NSCC’s RTA program re-located 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 Personality Nicolle Bellefontaine and ‘global journalist’ and former CBC PEI News Anchor Erin Moore.
In 2010, NSCC Radio students won 5 of the 7 national BEAC audio awards, including the President’s Award for the Best Overall audio entry in all Canadian student categories. In 2011, the top Radio PSA and the President’s Award for best overall audio were again awarded to an NSCC Radio student and in 2012, another NSCC Radio student won a BEAC award for the Top student-produced Radio Drama in Canada. In 2014 four NSCC Radio grads 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, a small hub of his creative, consulting, and technical activity. “I love working with new clients and wish there were 36 hours in a day. I’m honored to have been entrusted with projects small and large and I strive to exceed the expectations of every client”. Today, over 25 professional voices are represented by MediaVoice and educational, corporate and government voicing services have become its “hallmark products”.
David has also been judging for over a dozen years. He has adjudicated for the Atlantic Journalism Awards in Halifax, was an RTDNA judge for several years, was a Judge for the annual national Student Radio Awards and six years ago was named to the panel of judges for the Radio And Production world publication, RAPMag headquartered in Irving, Texas USA.
In 2017, the Broadcast Educators Assoc. of Canada 2017 National Media Teaching Award was given to David Bannerman. The ‘Michael Monty Distinguished Service’ National Teacher Award is an award presented annually to a Canadian University/College Faculty member who exhibits a high degree of passion for their electronic media subject area and for consistently connecting post-secondary students with Radio & Television Industry Employers across Canada.
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’ and his ‘rescue canine’ Skye. MediaVoice is located in West Hants, a 40-minute drive from Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, Canada.
David remains a frequent Media commentator on evolving Radio issues and continues to study and research the changing Radio medium. The winter of 2019 began David’s current chapter moving from his full-time NSCC teaching role to part-time status so he can devote more time to MediaVoice projects that have been ‘on hold’ for too long. MediaVoice is his new future now. “I am very excited. I truly love working for myself and meeting new people”.
To contact David, simply email David@Mediavoice.ca