Duke selects David Shumate as new play-by-play announcer

David Shumate will replace Bob Harris as Duke’s radio play-by-play announcer.
David Shumate will replace Bob Harris as Duke’s radio play-by-play announcer. Duke athletics

Duke has selected David Shumate as its new radio play-by-play announcer for football and men’s basketball.

Shumate replaces Bob Harris, who retired last season following 41 years broadcasting Duke athletics. Harris was the ACC’s longest-tenured team play-by-play announcer.

A North Carolina native, Shumate comes to Duke after working the last five years as the director of audio operations for IMG Sports Broadcasting -- the company which owns Duke’s broadcasting rights.

A 2006 Appalachian State graduate, Shumate has play-by-play experience working the Mid-American Conference championship football game (2010-16), SEC men’s basketball tournament (2011-17) and SEC baseball tournament (2013-17).

“We lost a legend when Bob Harris retired from his position after more than four decades of brilliant service to Duke. We believe David can provide the same acute insight and unwavering integrity that Duke fans have come to expect, while providing his own unique voice and perspective to the broadcasts,” Duke athletic director Kevin White said in a statement. ”

Shumate’s first game behind the microphone will be Sept. 2 when Duke opens its football season at Wallace Wade Stadium against N.C. Central.

Shumate’s first regular-season basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium will be Nov. 10 when the Blue Devils open the new season against Elon.

Steve Wiseman: 919-419-6671, @stevewisemanNC