David Shumate to replace Harris in Duke broadcast booth
Posted June 12
Replacing the retired Bob Harris, David Shumate will become the new play-by-play voice of Duke football and basketball games.
Shumate has spent the last five years as IMG’s Director of Audio Operations. The promotion gives him the official title of Director of Broadcasting for the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network.
Harris retired in March following 41 years as the Voice of the Blue Devils.
“I am extremely thankful for this incredible opportunity as I’ve admired and respected the Duke brand from afar for many, many years and could not be more excited to join two championship caliber programs,” Shumate said. “I will strive to represent Duke University and IMG in the same manner as the legendary Bob Harris – his legacy as the Voice of the Blue Devils is unrivaled and I’m humbled to follow him."
Schumate's previously did play-by-play for the Mid-American Conference championship football game (2010-16), SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament (2011-17) and SEC Baseball Tournament (2013-17). He also called events for Auburn, Connecticut, Duke, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Washington and West Virginia.
"His tireless work ethic, abundant humility and professional patience have led him to this point," said basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. "We know of his outstanding work first hand, and look forward a long relationship developing between our fans and David as he brings the games to life to those following Duke across the country. We’re confident they’ll like what they hear. And we know, as a basketball program, that we’re going to enjoy working closely with David on a daily basis.”
Shumate will begin his duties on July 1. Duke opens the 2017 football season Sept. 2 at home against N.C. Central.
Duke broadcasts can be heard in the Triangle on 97.3 FM and 620 AM The Buzz.
“All Duke fans are in for a treat with David Shumate calling the action as his demeanor, consistency and passion will easily translate over the airwaves," said football coach David Cutcliffe. "We could not be more thrilled to have David join the Blue Devil family – I am confident he will represent Duke with the highest level of professionalism and integrity. We’ve made a home run hire.”