I am Dave McHugh, a 39 year old man who lives in the Baltimore area. I have spent a large portion of my career as a news and sports producer while also spending time as a broadcaster for local and national sporting events.
I currently run my own broadcasting, producing, consulting, and voice-over company, d-mac Productions. I specialize in helping colleges begin or upgrade their video streaming efforts of sporting events. This includes consulting on what they can do to start up their own broadcasts to helping upgrade to more complicated and spectacular ones. I also am a broadcaster for local high school, college, and national college events as either a play-by-play or color analyst for many sports including football, basketball, and lacrosse. I also help produce special projects including simple interviews to major broadcasts like sporting events and awards dinners like the Gagliardi Trophy Award Presentation.
One of my biggest passions and projects is covering NCAA Division III athletics. I played every sport I could growing up, including baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and tennis. When I got to my alma mater, Goucher College, I ended up playing soccer for two seasons and participated with the team for four. I also got involved in the athletic department, in particular the sports information office, where I became the Public Address Announcer for home basketball games and eventually most home games throughout the year. It is a job I still do to this day – 20 seasons.
That experience got me involved with D3sports.com where I am the Broadcast Director along with play-by-play and color analyst for games primarily for D3hoops.com and D3football.com. I also created and host the only a talk show in the world dedicated to Division III Basketball: Hoopsville. The show started in the fall of 2000 and broadcasts twice a week during the basketball season from my home studios and via the world wide web. Hoopsville is now in it’s tenth season and continues to grow in popularity.
Along with Hoopsville, I recently started The #WhyD3 Show which is dedicated to telling the stories of the student-athletes, coaches, administrators, programs, schools, and others who make NCAA Division III so great. The show aired monthly during the academic year in its first year, but starting in September will move to shorter, bi-weekly show. The show spends much of the time not focused on what’s happening in competition, but the great work being done in the classrooms, campuses, and communities. The show also focuses on some of the bigger issues and topics surrounding Division III.
A vast majority of my careers was spent at WMAR ABC2. I started as an intern in the sports department and eventually became Executive Producer, working with two great sports reporters in Scott Garceau and Keith Mills. Then, shortly after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isabel hit the Chesapeake Bay region, I was asked to shift directions and become a news producer. While in that position I ended up producing every news program the station had on the air, including creating a new hour-long Noon show and a new hour-long Good Morning Maryland at 9 show. I have also taken part in special projects and field produced many special events, including Cal Ripken’s final game, and the funerals of Johnny Unitas, Chuck Thompson, and Jim McKay. One of the most demanding field producing jobs was covering Hurricane Irene in August of 2011 where I was with live crews in Ocean City, Md. and coordinated live shots for not only our station, but sister stations across the country, and national interests.
Going back a bit, I was born and raised in Chicago. My parents lived in the Near North Side of the city, just a mile from Wrigley Field, blocks from Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park. It was an amazing experience which I have treasured to this day. Of course, I also became a die-hard Chicago Cubs and Bears fan as a result, but hopefully the heartbreak of being a Cubs fan will soon be rewarded!
Then, shortly before my 11th birthday, my family moved to Down East Maine. The town of Woodland (officially Baileyville) became our home and I got my first introduction to the term “culture shock.” We moved from a city of three or more million to a state the size of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont combined and only about million people. Heck, the size of Washington County, Maine is bigger than Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. Chicago is 237 square miles, Baileyville 36.5 square miles. And Baileyville only has 1500 people in it!
For my last two years of high school, I attended the Salisbury School in Connecticut. Then, before college, I traveled for a year in the international group Up With People. It was an experience that stands out in my life. The friends I made, places I saw (U.S. and Europe), and experiences I had are something I certainly miss and treasure!
In 1995, I arrived in Baltimore and started at Goucher College. Baltimore is a unique city and region caught between blue collar and white and caught between Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.
I am now married to a wonderful woman who not only loves sports as much as I do, but is the perfect partner to off-set me. We have two wonderful children who are the light of our lives. We both work from home which certainly makes our humble town house a busy place.
I will continue to update this page in the future, so please feel free to check back in. I appreciate your time reading this and hope you will become a regular visitor!