ROCKY HILL, Conn. — Connecticut radio broadcasting legend Brad Davis has died.
WDRC radio, where he spent more than 40 years, announced his death on Tuesday.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Brad’s family and friends at this time,” the station’s Talk of Connecticut tweeted out.
Davis, a Marine veteran, began his career in Massachusetts before moving to WFSB (which at the time went by the call letters WTIC) television in 1959. His career went on to include investigative reporting before he became the voice of WDRC-AM’s morning drive-time show for 43 years.
Davis was inducted into the Connecticut Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2015.
He was living at the Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill at the time of his death.
FOX61 News anchor Ben Goldman remembered Davis in a tweet on Tuesday.
“Sad news tonight. Brad Davis was an institution in our state,” he wrote. “No doubt he will be greatly missed by so many.”
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released a statement:
“Decade after decade, Brad Davis was devoted to straight talk — incisive and important facts and insights. Whether at WFSB or WDRC-AM, he earned deep respect and affection for his fairness, dedication, and generosity. Sharing sadness, I extend sympathies to his family,” said Blumenthal.
U.S. Rep. John B. Larson said in a statement:
“Brad Davis was the Dick Clark of Connecticut, hosting Connecticut Bandstand that local teenagers could display their master of the ‘twist,’ the ‘lindy hop,’ and the ‘monkey’. He remained a constant in our lives, as dependable as ‘Bob Steele,’ with his morning talk show. A proud Marine and champion for veterans, he was generous with his time and advocacy for many charities. He epitomized ‘service above self.’ Brad and his lovely wife Rosanna were caring and kind celebrities who were devoted to their Connecticut community.”
Senate Republican leader Kevin Kelly and Senate Republican leader pro tempore Paul Formica released a joint statement Wednesday mourning Davis' passing.
“Today Connecticut mourns the death of a legend and friend. Our deepest condolences are with Brad’s family and loved ones. Brad Davis was one of a kind. He was a hard worker and fighter," they said. "He was remarkably talented at bringing people together and helping his many listeners make their voices heard. He gave so much to our state reporting, sharing, and creating a space for important conversations on major issues that impacted daily life for all residents. He loved Connecticut and Connecticut loved him.”
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