KATHLEEN SHARP – Sports Writer
David Lynn McDaniel, radio broadcaster for Samford sports, passed away Friday night, Nov. 8. Killed in a tragic car accident, McDaniel was found dead in his crashed vehicle the next morning.
McDaniel was a longtime Alabama broadcaster. Among his accomplishments around the state, McDaniel was also involved at Samford as a sideline reporter for football and the play-by-play announcer for women’s basketball.
WVSU General Manager Andy Parrish remembers McDaniel positively: “Dave was always an upbeat, enthusiastic person. [He] was very infectious to be around.”
“He would always be very patient with [new student workers],” said Parrish. “He would tell a joke and laugh and put them at ease.”
One such student who had worked with McDaniel is 2013 Samford graduate Jacob Dyke.
“His teamwork on the air with Mike [Grace] was great!” said Dyke. “He helped make the game more exciting.”
Mike Grace, another Samford play-by-play announcer and director of Samford Sports Properties, worked alongside McDaniel and called him a friend. Grace spoke at McDaniel’s funeral on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home in Hueytown, Ala.
“One of the things that Dave did better than anybody I know is producing a broadcast to make it sound better from top to bottom,” Grace said. “Whether he got credit for it or not, he just loved being a part of it.”
This was McDaniel’s third season as a part of Samford Sports Network. As a way to give back, Samford Sports has opened a bank account in his honor.
“People can go to any America’s First Federal Credit Union location and make a donation to the Dave McDaniel Fund. It will be open between now and January,” Grace said. “At the end of 60 days every dollar from that will go directly to Dave’s wife, Vickie, and their family.”
“Dave represented Samford as well as anybody ever has and anybody ever could in the future,” Grace said.