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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas time
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
What You Put In is What You Get Out

Birthplace

Born:
9/24/1948
Birth Location:
Fort Smith, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas time
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
What You Put In is What You Get Out

Birthplace

Born:
9/24/1948
Birth Location:
Fort Smith
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Biography

Broadcasting CEO Gregory Davis was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1948. He received his B.A. degree in biology from Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. After serving in the United States Army, he returned to school and earned his master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Davis then began a twelve-year television career that took him to a number of major cities, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Detroit. From 1982 to 1986, he worked as a National/Local Sales Manager of Multimedia Broadcasting for WLW-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio. He began his company, Davis Broadcasting Inc., in 1986, when he acquired radio stations in Columbus and Augusta, Georgia. He later purchased stations in Macon, Columbus, and Atlanta, Georgia, as well as in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2000, Davis sold the radio stations in Charlotte and Augusta to focus on building his operations in Columbus. Davis Broadcasting Inc. comprises ten radio stations based in Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia: WFXE-FM, WEAM-FM, WIOL-FM, WIOL-AM, WOKS-AM and WKZJ-FM in Columbus, and WCHK-FM (La Mega), WCHK-AM, WLKQ-FM (La Raza), and WNSY-FM in Atlanta. Its hip-hop and R&B station, WFXE-FM (Foxie 105), has been rated the number one radio station in the Columbus market since 1993. In 2004, La Raza became Atlanta's first Spanish language FM radio station. These ten stations offer a variety of music genres, including urban contemporary, gospel contemporary, Spanish language programming, and sports.

In addition to operating several radio stations, Davis Broadcasting Inc. has hosted many annual philanthropic events. These include the Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, held each March for National Women’s History Month, Family Day in the Parks, and the Needy Children's Christmas party, which provides three to four thousand needy children with gifts every Christmas. Davis also serves his community by participating on boards both locally and nationally. These include the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Regional Hospital, United Way, Better Business Bureau, First Union Bank, and First Citizen Bank of North Carolina. He has also served on the board for the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, and the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters.

Davis and his wife Cheryl reside in Columbus, Georgia. They have three grown children, Geniece, Michelle, and Greg, Jr.

Gregory Davis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 20, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Gregory Davis's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gregory Davis lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gregory Davis describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gregory Davis describes his mother's upbringing in Fort Smith, Arkansas and her education at Arkansas AM&N College in Pine Bluff
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gregory Davis describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gregory Davis talks about his paternal grandparents' jobs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gregory Davis remembers helping his father find a job at the Colonial Baking Company in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gregory Davis recounts how his parents met, his mother's career, and his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Gregory Davis talks about his mother's personality and about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gregory Davis describes his childhood neighborhood in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gregory Davis talks about the history of Fort Smith, Arkansas and his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gregory Davis describes his experience at St. John's Elementary School in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gregory Davis recalls listening to radio and watching television growing up in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gregory Davis talks about segregation in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gregory Davis talks about integrating St. Anne's High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gregory Davis his experience as the first African American on the football team at St. Anne's High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gregory Davis recounts his experience of racial discrimination during his football career at St. Anne's High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gregory Davis describes his academic and athletic performance at St. Anne's High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gregory Davis talks about his difficulties getting an athletic scholarship to college due to racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gregory Davis recounts his decision to attend Westark Junior College in Fort Smith, Arkansas and then Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gregory Davis talks about his experience at Westark Junior College in Fort Smith, Arkansas and Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gregory Davis describes undergraduate years at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gregory Davis describes moving to Flint, Michigan to work as a community school director
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gregory Davis recalls being drafted into the U.S. Military during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gregory Davis talks about the importance of dialogue in business, and his father
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gregory Davis describes experiencing racial discrimination in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gregory Davis describes his U.S. Army service in Europe and teaching at United States Army Dependent Schools in London, England
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gregory Davis talks about pursuing a graduate degree in education from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gregory Davis talks about his first job in television at Flint, Michigan's WJRT-TV, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gregory Davis talks about his first job in television at Flint, Michigan's WJRT-TV, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gregory Davis recalls how he met his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Gregory Davis talks about moving from Flint, Michigan to Detroit, Michigan where he worked at WXYZ-TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gregory Davis recalls working as a national spot salesman for ABC and moving to the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gregory Davis talks about selling advertising for Cincinnati, Ohio's NBC affiliate and deciding to buy his own station
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Gregory Davis talks about how he started Davis Broadcasting, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Gregory Davis talks about how he started Davis Broadcasting, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Gregory Davis describes the early years of Davis Broadcasting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Gregory Davis talks about the challenges of selling advertising for an African-American radio station
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Gregory Davis describes the demographics of his radio stations