Veteran radio talk host Jim Davis dies at age 66

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Jim Davis, last heard on the air in Detroit on the ill-fated WYUR AM 1310 back in 1998, died February 11, 2007 of an apparent heart attack at his retirement home in Clearwater, Florida. Davis was 66.

Jim DavisBest known for his tenure as afternoon drive host at WXYZ AM 1270 in the 1970's, he also worked at CKWW AM 580 for several years after the "Music of Your Life" format switched over to AM 580 from CKLW AM 800 in the mid-1990s. He also worked at WOMC-FM 104.3 during the 1980's in their pre-oldies days. Davis' resume also included hosting a show for CKLW and serving as a part-time weekend weather reporter on WXYZ-TV Channel 7. In total, his broadcast career spanned 35 years in metro Detroit after his discharge from the US Army where he served in Europe for three years, broadcasting for the Armed Forces Radio Network of Europe.

Born in Greensburg, PA, he moved to Clearwater in 2001. He is survived by his son Jim Davis of Houston, TX a daughter Karen Davis of Columbus, OH., and his father James S. Davis of Clearwater.

This profile is from his days at WYUR:
The Jim Davis Show- With his laid-back style, Jim Davis is known as "everybody's friend". Jim has been pleasing radio audiences in Detroit for over 3 decades. "Top of the Hour" news and information from CNN Radio, along with traffic from the WYUR Traffic Center, weather reports, hourly sports from veteran sportscaster Jim Berk, local news and business with Scott Bradley and just the right amount of music from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. At 6:15 Jim is joined in the studio by pianist David Syme at his baby grand piano playing listeners' requests on Detroit's only live musical request show. Leave the work day far behind with your pal, your buddy, your friend, Jim Davis, weekday afternoons from 3:00 to 7:00.

Art Vuolo contributed to this report

 

4 Comments

I'm very sorry to learn of Jim Davis's untimely passing. Jim was always a joy to listen to or watch because he never tried to be anyone other than himself. That's a rare quality in broadcasting today. I had the pleasure of meeting Jim during an internship at 'JR and found that the man behind the mic was the same fellow you'd meet face to face. He was always cordial to everyone. A class act. Our condolences to Jim's family.

I am very saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I had the opportunity to work with Jim at CKLW during the “Music of your life” days. Jim was a good friend, a very professional broadcaster and I am grateful to him for his guidance and direction during those days. I learned a great deal from Jim and will always remember him fondly.

I enjoyed Jim Davis in all of his stints in Detroit. Condolences to his family. It is always sad to hear a Detroit legend passing.

Jim Davis was great guy and I used listening to
CKLW and them CKWW when they was big band station. I like Jim Davis said that "So take care uh I be think about you!" when he getting ready go home on radio. I'm going miss Jim Davis very miss and he was Detroit Radio legend for long time.

Brian Kostecki
Seattle, Washington

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