Baird began his broadcast career at age fifteen, working for a radio station in Jasper. He graduated from Walker High School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Alabama and worked at stations in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa before joining WCFT 33 in Tuscaloosa in 1981. He rose to the position of lead anchor and news producer for the station.
In 1986 Baird partnered with James Spann and Tom Stipe to purchase the Demopolis radio station WXAL-AM. They sold it in 1989. When WCFT joined with Gadsden's WJSU 40 in 1996, Baird carried on as one of the station's original anchors. He retired in September 2017.
- Dunigan, Jonece Starr (June 29, 2017) "ABC 33/40 anchor Dave Baird to retire in September." The Birmingham News