Dave McCann to join KSL-TV's evening newscasts

Published: Monday, March 12 2012 2:25 p.m. MDT

Dave McCann, who has worked in television and radio for the past 20 years in Las Vegas and is the face of BYUtv sports, will join Nadine Wimmer and KSL's team of news specialists, anchoring at 6 and 10 p.m.

Mark A. Philbrick, BYU

SALT LAKE CITY — KSL has added a new member to its television team.

Dave McCann, who has worked in television and radio for the past 20 years in Las Vegas and is the face of BYUtv sports, will join Nadine Wimmer and KSL's team of news specialists, anchoring at 6 and 10 p.m.

"We are really exited to add Dave to the team. While he has spent many years living and working successfully in Las Vegas, Dave is originally from Utah and understands what is important to people who live here," said Tanya Vea, an executive vice president with KSL. "Dave will bring an energetic voice to the newscasts. He is a skilled interviewer with a very engaging personality. He's the kind of guy you would love to have as a neighbor."

Vea said a starting date is still being arranged.

Longtime anchor Bruce Lindsay's retirement was announced in January. The 61-year-old has anchored evening newscasts for KSL continuously since 1978. Earlier this month, it was announced that Lindsay had accepted a call to serve as president of the Australia Perth Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"It has been an honor to work side-by-side with Bruce for many years. I can practically finish his sentences and I will miss him," Wimmer said. "But I welcome Dave and have already been impressed with his work ethic and energy. We have an exciting opportunity to try some new things."

McCann was both humbled and thrilled with the invitation to join KSL. The Orem native grew up admiring former anchor Dick Nourse, longtime BYU and KSL sportscaster Paul James, and Lindsay.

"I think this is the best job in all of television," McCann said. "You couldn't ask for a better scenario. I will officially be living the dream."

Many Utahns already know McCann. He is the television play-by-play voice for BYU football and basketball and the host of True Blue Sports on BYUtv. He will continue in that role while co-anchoring at KSL.

McCann has been working as the co-anchor of "8 News Now This Morning" at KLAS-TV (CBS). During his two decades in Las Vegas, McCann spent 13 years anchoring sports at Channel 8 and was the radio play-by-play voice for UNLV football for 14 years. He has also been writing a weekly column for the Las Vegas Review Journal and hosting a weekly radio show on KFHB 1400 AM.

McCann, the third oldest of 10 children, graduated from Orem High School in 1985 and served an LDS mission to San Antonio before graduating from BYU in 1991. His mother told him he first expressed an interest in broadcasting at age 4. His first media job came at age 14 when he covered high school games for the Daily Herald in Provo. Following college, he was hired by ABC's "Good Morning America" as its first college reporter. Outside of broadcasting, his favorite hobbies include spending time with his children, following the Chicago Cubs, eating Junior Mints and coaching Little League baseball.

The opportunity to join KSL came with incredible timing for McCann. His contract with Channel 8 was about to expire when Vea asked if he was interested in coming to Salt Lake City.

"For the first time in 20 years, I was about to become a free agent. I felt I needed to let this contract end and see what would happen with BYUtv. If it was a month later, I might have re-signed and locked into Vegas," McCann said. "I couldn't be happier."

McCann humbly acknowledged that only two men — Nourse and Lindsay — have occupied the evening anchor seat at KSL in the past five decades, but added he is eager to jump in and contribute.

"That seat doesn't open up very often. I hope to slide in and keep it going," McCann said. "Our No. 1 goal is to win 10 o'clock, and I'm flattered they think I might be able to help do that. It's going to be a blast working at Channel 5."

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