[JPL] nice article on XM's Russ Davis

Bobby Jackson ftapache1 at sbcglobal.net
Sun Apr 16 21:44:04 EDT 2006


I love Russ Davis and what he is doing on the radio!
Just for the record, I know Eric Essix and he is an amazing talent!

Bobby Jackson
WCPN-FM
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> Birmingham's Russ Davis is XM's jazz guy
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> Sunday, April 16, 2006
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> For XM Satellite Radio's Russ Davis, it's sort of like he never left
> Birmingham. Davis programs XM's Beyond Jazz and AudioVisions channels out 
> of New York
> City, and almost every week, he hears from listeners in his old hometown. 
> "I
> get e-mail all the time from Birmingham," he says. "It's almost like I'm a
> local radio guy. It's the same as if I was doing radio at WERC-FM in 
> 1975." Davis,
> whose parents, Jessie and Beverly Davis, still live in Pleasant Grove, 
> also
> features such Birmingham artists as Eric Essix and Meteorite on his modern 
> jazz
> channel, which is on XM 72. "I know the musicians are all thrilled that it
> exists because it gives them a chance to be heard," Davis says. "So many 
> of
> these artists aren't heard on straight-ahead jazz stations."
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> A West End High School and University of Alabama graduate, Davis worked 
> here
> at the old WERC-FM album-rock station from 1975 to 1977, just when FM 
> radio
> was starting to challenge AM for listeners. He started out as the 
> overnight guy
> and later moved to afternoons. "I did an hour called `The Hour of 
> Release,'
> and after a while, it became pretty popular," he recalls. "It was mostly 
> men
> (listeners) because it was an hour of nothing but rocking, up-tempo stuff. 
> We're
> talking David Bowie and Queen's `Tie Your Mother Down' and all that kind 
> of
> stuff. "The audience was just wild for it. I remember one day saying, `I'm 
> sorry
> I have to get off the air at 6 o'clock. Let's all meet down at Kelly 
> Ingram
> Park and keep this going.'" And that's just what they did. "I drove down 
> there
> and I swear there were dozen of cars there," Davis goes on. "Everybody is
> blowing their horns and stuff. That's the kind of thing that makes being 
> on the
> radio just so cool." Davis left Birmingham to join WQXI-FM in Atlanta in 
> 1977. A
> year later, he got into jazz when the station asked him to program a 
> Sunday
> jazz show. "I said, `OK, I'll do that, but I don't know anything about 
> jazz,'"
> he says. "They said, `Just do a jazz show.' "It was called `Jazz Flavors,' 
> and
> I'll be doggone if, after a while, it became popular."
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> After 11 years in Atlanta, he moved to New York City in 1988 to start
> contemporary jazz station WQCD-FM and then got in on the ground floor with 
> XM
> Satellite Radio in 2001. It now has 6.5 million subscribers. "It's slowly 
> creeping
> into the fabric of society, whether people like it or not," Davis says. 
> Since
> 1999, Davis also has programmed a jazz program for the international Voice 
> of
> America radio network, which reaches 94 million listeners. "That's an 
> audience,"
> he says. "I get e-mail from Thailand and Iran and Nigeria and Australia 
> and
> China. That's a whole different world, literally." As a kid growing up in
> Birmingham, Davis would go downtown to meet the "Good Guys" from WSGN-AM 
> and he
> thought what a cool job that would be. Now, after more than three decades 
> in the
> business, radio is still a cool job for the 54-year-old Davis. "You better
> believe it is," he says. Bob Carlton's media column appears on Sundays.
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