(WTNH) — Legendary Connecticut radio broadcaster Brad Davis has passed away, The Talk of Connecticut reported Tuesday.
Davis’ TV and radio career spanned more than 50 years, “including stints as a disc jockey, dance party host, award-winning reporter, and popular morning radio host on WDRC-AM [in Hartford] for over 40 years,” Michael Ryan, president of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association, said. “Brad was a beloved icon of Connecticut broadcasting and he will be sorely missed.”
In 2015, Davis was inducted into the Connecticut Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
Gary Byron, WDRC radio host told News 8 following Davis’ death, “In Connecticut radio, there was Bob Steele, then there was Brad Davis, then there was everybody else. I was honored he chose me to be his co-host and successor…I only took the job as his co-host after I said ‘under one condition, I need to have the blessing of Brad Davis.’…He’s just a genuine, genuine person. What you got on the air was him all day long…Our entire state mourns this loss.”
Byron added. “I really think it’s people and the interaction with his listeners and people that kept him going all these years.”
News 8’s Dennis House said in a statement he will always be grateful for their friendship: “Brad was a legend and a good friend. From being a guest on his radio show to attending his listener events to charity events, he was always fun to be with. I’ll always be grateful for the words of wisdom he shared with me.”
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said of Davis, “He was a tireless advocate for veterans, a true believer in Hartford, a CT radio giant, and a good man.”
State Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and State Republican Leader Pro Tempore Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) released a statement remembering the legendary broadcaster.
It said, in part, “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.”