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audio - April 9, 2007 On April 11, 2013 Brad Davis observed a remarkable feat - his 36th anniversary as morning man at WDRC AM. At various times his show has been heard on both AM and FM but Davis was already a broadcast veteran by the time he arrived at Big D in 1977.

A native of Stafford Springs, Brad was raised on his grandfather's dairy farm in the Hazardville section of Enfield. After a stint in the U.S. Marines he began working at WACE in Chicopee in 1956.

WDRC's Brad Davis - April, 1977

 
  Brad Davis with his favorite drink - milk!

An advertising executive heard Davis talking about milk on one of his shows and invited him to audition as host for a new program being designed for WTIC TV-3 in Hartford. It began airing September 27, 1958 and ran for 11 years.

The Brad Davis Show was Connecticut's answer to Dick Clark's Bandstand. It was a Saturday afternoon show featuring live local teenagers dancing to the day's hottest records - sponsored by Connecticut's milk producers.

 
 

During the 1960s Brad did quite a bit of work on WTIC Radio. In the mid 60s he hosted the station's popular Saturday night Hootenanny Road Show. Featuring live performances by folk artists, the show was aired from a different high school or college campus every week.

In 1969 Brad was teamed with John Sablon on Channel 3's What's Happening, a weekly investigative public affairs show.

He was a frequent emcee at community events including the annual lighting of the Christmas decorations at Constitution Plaza.

Brad Davis at WTIC in 1963  
  Brad Davis at WTIC in 1971

Charlie Parker hired Mr. Connecticut for 6:00-10:00AM effective April 11, 1977. His early WDRC shows were primarily music-oriented, but Brad relied heavily on telephone calls from listeners. Gradually guests were added and for several years the show has been predominately talk-oriented. He is at home with governors, community leaders movers and shakers.

Ever the trooper, Brad did his show from Hartford's Rehabilitation Hospital for several days in November 1996 as he recovered from hip surgery caused by years of playing arena polo.

Brad and his late wife, Rosanna
Brad Davis & his late wife, Rosanna
 
  Brad Davis in a Hartford Courant photo - September 18, 2008
Brad Davis in a Hartford Courant
photo, September 18, 2008

Enjoy some newspaper clippings from Brad's WDRC career.

Davis to Leave TV for Radio Spot (Hartford Courant, March, 1977)
"Community involvement" (Hartford Courant, October 28, 1979)
"On another station soon" (Hartford Courant, January 27, 1980)
"AM/FM split" (Hartford Courant, August 6, 1982)
Brad Davis: Our Radio Friend Recalls Youth Without Father
(Hartford Courant Good Life, June/July 1994)

 
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