Dave McDonald (radio personality)

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Dave McDonald
Born (1977-11-01) November 1, 1977 (age 37)
Spring Lake, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Radio personality
Years active 2003–present

David Dodd McDonald (born November 1, 1977[1]), also known as East Side Dave and Davey Mac, is an American radio personality. He currently co-hosts the Morning Rat Race with Carl & Dave (and Gotts) on New Jersey's legendary rock station - WRAT 95.9 FM. Dave also hosts two shows online- the Davey Mac Sports Program and The Watchers (a sports/comedy show and movie show respectively). McDonald also hosted the Davey Mac Sports Program XL on Sirius XM Satellite Radio until March 2014 before moving on to WRAT 95.9 FM. McDonald is also the former on-air producer for The Ron and Fez Show on Sirius XM. He has made frequent appearances on the Opie and Anthony Show.

Background and history[edit]

McDonald was raised in Spring Lake, New Jersey. He attended and graduated from Monmouth University, where he received a degree in communications. After working overnights on-air for radio stations such as WBJB-FM and WRAT and odd jobs such as a barback, waiter, and flower delivery man, McDonald was hired as a producer for Ron and Fez.

WRAT 95.9 FM[edit]

On September 15, 2014, Dave began co-hosting the morning show on New Jersey's legendary and highly-successful, WRAT 95.9 FM. The Morning Rat Race with Carl & Dave can be heard weekdays at 6 AM (EST) to 10 AM (EST). People can listen in Monmouth County on 95.9, or in southern Ocean County on 107.9. People who don't live in New Jersey can also listen for free at WRAT.com or the free WRAT 95.9 app for your smartphone.

Davey Mac Sports Program[edit]

McDonald hosts the Davey Mac Sports Program. The show presents an irreverent take on sports and pop culture. The program can be heard on iTunes and/or RiotCast.com and/or EastSideDaveCountry.com, and has been featured on the "recommended" and "new and noteworthy" sections on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.[citation needed] The online show is recorded with band leader Roy Harter, who plays a character called Roy Shaffer on the show, from SkinnyMan studios in Times Square, New York.

The Watchers[edit]

McDonald also created and hosts the hugely popular online radio show The Watchers, a program that focuses entirely on movie and some television discussion. The show is irreverent and enthusiastic and fun. The show tapes once a month.

Ron and Fez[edit]

McDonald started working for the Ron and Fez Show in December 2005 as a producer, third mic, abnd eventual co-host. Originally, the Ron and Fez Show pretended that McDonald was working as a hot dog vendor outside of the Ron and Fez studios and that's why they hired him. Ron Bennington was quoted, "There's something funny about that hotdog cart guy." [2] In actuality, McDonald had been working professionally as an on-air host and writer for three years up to that point. Aside from Ron & Fez, McDonald appeared several times to great reception on the Opie and Anthony Radio Show. In June 2010 he resigned from his positions at the Ron and Fez Show to pursue more radio endeavors.

Special Delivery[edit]

In the fall of 2008, McDonald and Sam Roberts started Special Delivery for Sirius XM. The show started as a pre-taped hour airing on Saturday nights, then became a weekly live show. The show survived until November 2011, when it was switched over to McDonald's solo show - the Davey Mac Sports Program XL. Billy Mitchell was a frequent guest. Special Delivery did a live broadcast during the 2011 Kong Off where Hank Chien, Billy Mitchell, Steve Wiebe, and several other players competed in Donkey Kong.


McDonald has also appeared on television shows and written for different websites. McDonald contributed several comedic articles professionally for the websites RealityGeek.com, BigBrotherGossip.com, and EastSideDaveCountry.com. He has done voice-over work for two Rockstar video games - as the voice of "Stunt Boy" in Grand Theft Auto 4 and as "Perry Rose" in Red Dead Redemption. McDonald sometimes performs as a stand-up (including the New York Comedy Festival) as the "World's Worst Comedian", sharing a stage with Jim Norton, Bob Kelly, Colin Quinn and Rich Vos among others. McDonald also announced his cooperation with TLC to be a special guest on the April 21st, 2014 episode of "America's Worst Tattoos".[3] There was also an appearance on "truTV Presents: World's Dumbest..." on a segment called World's smartest innovations alongside comedian Chelsea Peretti.


  1. ^ "David McDonald". Retrieved April 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ Bennington, Ron (August 28, 2012). "The Ron and Fez Show".
  3. ^ East Side Dave Country. "Another Davey Mac television appearance? You better fucking believe it!!". EastSideDaveCountry.com. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 

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