BRAD Davis, an iconic Connecticut radio host, died Tuesday night.
Davis hosted the WDRC morning radio show for over four decades, earning him a legendary reputation in the radio industry.
He first appeared on local television in 1959 as the host of a dance show before embarking on the radio show that would define his career.
In 2015, he was inducted into the Connecticut Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
When he was inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame, Davis told a Hartford Courant reporter that much of his success was due to his work ethic.
“I make fun of it all the time, ‘Why are you coming so early? “Davis said.” I always tell them, ‘Let me tell you something, don’t wait until the last minute. You want to be prepared, you want to know what’s going to happen and be ready for anything.
“If I have a listener at 6am, that listener deserves as much attention, information and news as the audience at 7:30 am. Those who come in and just start the show, I tell them they don’t. ‘won’t go very far in the Marine Corps.
A veteran of the United States Marines, Davis was living at the Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill at the time of his death.
Davis co-host Gary Byron told News 8 the sad news: “On Connecticut radio, there was Bob Steele, then there was Brad Davis, then there was everyone.
“I was honored that he chose me to be his co-host and successor. Our entire state mourns this loss.”
NBC Connecticut’s Len Besthoff, who was often a guest on The Talk of Connecticut, wrote on Twitter that he remembers Davis as “a true legend”.
The tweet read: “Rest in peace Brad Davis. He was always very welcoming whenever he invited me on @talkofct. I appreciate his interest in the investigative work of our #nbcct the team does, and their support for so many important causes in our state. We will miss him.”
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