Dave McDonald (radio personality)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Dave McDonald
David Dodd McDonald

(1977-11-01) November 1, 1977 (age 41)
Other namesEast Side Dave, Davey Mac
OccupationRadio personality
Years active2003–present

David Dodd "Dave" 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 WRAT 95.9 FM. Additionally he hosts an online video program, The East Side Dave Show, which is also available in audio form. This show is part of the fee based compoundmedia.com platform. McDonald is also the former on-air producer for The Ron and Fez Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, where he also hosted The Davey Mac Sports Program XL.

Background and history[edit]

McDonald was born in California and raised in Spring Lake, New Jersey. He 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 McDonald was hired as a producer for Ron and Fez.

Radio career[edit]

McDonald started his radio career working over nights for local NJ radio stations.

Ron and Fez[edit]

McDonald started working for the Ron and Fez Show in December 2005 as a producer. 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] While working on Ron and Fez, McDonald appeared several times on the Opie and Anthony Radio Show.

In June 2010 he resigned from his positions at the Ron and Fez Show after asking Siriusxm for more money because he was not paid enough to support himself and his family. Siriusxm offered a minimal raise which was still far below what he asked for.

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. In November 2011, 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.

WRAT 95.9 FM[edit]

On September 15, 2014, Dave began co-hosting the morning show on WRAT 95.9 FM. The Morning Rat Race with Carl & Dave can be heard weekdays from 6-10am.[3]

Davey Mac Sports Program[edit]

McDonald hosted the Davey Mac Sports Program. The show discussed sports and pop culture and was part of the RiotCast.com network. The online show was recorded with band leader Roy Harter, who played a character called Roy Shaffer on the show, from SkinnyMan studios in Times Square, New York City. This show was discontinued in December 2015.

The Watchers[edit]

Beginning in July 2013 McDonald would host a once a month, online radio show, The Watchers, a program that focuses on movie and television discussion. This show was discontinued in December 2015[4]

East Side Dave Show[edit]

Starting in January 2016, Dave began hosting The East Side Dave Show with musical co-host Roy Harter on Compound Media which airs on Tuesday evenings at 7.[5] He interviewed, and vehemently defended, professional retro game player Billy Mitchell on his platform after Mitchell was accused of forging a world record on Donkey Kong.

Other work[edit]

McDonald contributed several comedic articles professionally for the websites RealityGeek.com, and BigBrotherGossip.com.

He has done voice-over work for two Rockstar video games, as the voice of "Smithy the Stunt Boy" in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City[6] and "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 was a guest on the April 21, 2014 episode of "America's Worst Tattoos".[7] He was also made an appearance on "truTV Presents: World's Dumbest..." segment called World's Smartest Inventions 4 alongside comedian Chelsea Peretti.

In 2006 McDonald created 'Mongo Nation', the group that mocks WFAN host Mike Francesa to this day.[8]


  1. ^ "David McDonald". Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  2. ^ Bennington, Ron (August 28, 2012). The Ron and Fez Show. New York City, NY.
  3. ^ "The Morning Rat Race - 95.9 The RAT".
  4. ^ "The Watchers".
  5. ^ "East Side Dave - Compound Media".
  6. ^ Liberty City Underground
  7. ^ East Side Dave Country. "Another Davey Mac television appearance? You better fucking believe it!!". EastSideDaveCountry.com. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Davey Mac (East Side Dave) finally got around to mocking Mike Francesa over Star Wars". Retrieved January 13, 2016.

External links[edit]