Emmy-winning TV producer’s Hull roots still influence his talent for storytelling – The Hull Times


By Carol Britton Meyer

Former Hull resident Greg McQuade did it again, winning eight more Emmys for his work as a presenter and “storyteller” for CBS affiliate WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia. These latest victories bring the total number of Emmys McQuade has won since 2002 to 56.

McQuade spent many happy summers in Hull as a child and returns here occasionally to visit family, including two planned trips this summer.

His mother, Annie McQuade, proudly displays about half of the Emmy statuettes on the mantle of her Hull home.

The 2021 winning stories, which were judged by industry peers across the country, included a play about the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and a story about a 101-year-old man. in rural Virginia. whose father was born into slavery before the Civil War.

“I am a history buff through and through. I love exploring Fort Revere in Hull and the historic cemetery below,” McQuade told the Hull Times. “I read everything I can about Hull and Paragon Park’s rich past.”

It’s no surprise given his deep roots and love for the community he grew up in and has many happy memories, including his first summer job as a teenager working for the Metropolitan District. Commission on Nantasket Beach.

“I was the bathhouse attendant across from the Bernie King Pavilion in the summer of 1985,” McQuade recalled. “I can still hear the sounds of the big bands that used to play there on the weekends.”

Another story for which he won an Emmy this year featured modern musicians playing instruments once owned by people who lost their lives in the Holocaust through a program called “Violins of Hope.”

McQuade also won an Emmy for a story about a 73-year-old BMX rider “who doesn’t mind being last while he can compete,” McQuade said. “One of my most appreciated Emmys this year was in the writing category.”

The ceremony took place on June 25 near Washington, DC in Bethesda, Maryland. WTVR is part of the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

For the past 11 years, McQuade has anchored the “CBS6 Weekend Morning” show with colleague and friend, meteorologist Mike Stone.

“The alarm clock starts ringing a little after 3 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings,” he says, but he doesn’t mind because he enjoys doing what he loves most: telling stories.

McQuade recently returned from Florida, where he organized and hosted his late grandfather’s 50th annual World War II reunion.

“I am the unofficial historian of the 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion,” he said. “We meet in different parts of the country every June. More than 40 people attended, including 97-year-old veteran Elman Brown. You could hear a pin drop on the carpet as he told stories from the battlefield nearly 80 years ago.

Although he never had the pleasure of meeting his grandfather, Captain William McQuade, his spirit lives on. The former MDC cop died aged 47, years before McQuade was born.

“Surviving veterans serve as surrogate grandfathers,” he said.

Whenever McQuade plans to return to Hull to visit his mother, Annie, and stepfather, Charlie, during the summer, he counts the days until he can put his beach chair in the sand “and feel the ocean breeze again” in Nantasket.

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