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Angela Hill

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Angela Hill: Celebrating Frank Davis

Say the name Frank Davis, and 9 out of 10 people in New Orleans will say…I LOVE him!  He’s been part of our community for more than four decades…first as a writer for Wildlife and Fisheries…then as host of “The Outdoors Show” on WWL radio (Thursday nights 6 to 8pm…and Saturday mornings 5 to 7am). 

Listen to podcast | Frank Davis Funeral Arrangements

After that Frank did something most broadcasters can’t imagine…he was a marathon man on radio…hosting “Weekend Live” Saturdays from 9am to 6pm…and Sundays from noon to 6pm.  It focused on OUTdoors—broadcasting live from fairs, festivals and fishing rodeos…bringing his “caravan of fun” to the people & community he loved.  It also focused on INdoors…with folks like Chef Paul Prudhomme, the original broadcast chef, cooking amazing Louisiana dishes LIVE on the radio…plus community causes and events…even theater. 

After feeling Frank’s larger than life personality through the radio TV came calling…that’s when Frank left WWL Radio for WWL-TV (still family)…and “Naturally Nawlins” was born…as well as his ever popular “Fish & Game Reports”…and cooking demonstrations by Frank & Mary Clare’s on WWL-TV’s Eyewitness Morning News. 

Frank Davis connected with people with his folksy style and his authentic New Orleans way.  He was the foodie, the cook, the fisherman, the hunter, the concerned citizen, the writer, the husband (to his beloved Mary Clare); father (to Amanda); and grandfather…the REAL New Orleanian.  And, the thread that ran through it all, Frank was a naturalist who knew the terrain and waterways of Louisiana like we know the inside of our homes.

Frank Davis was us…IS us…his legacy will forever be…his genuine love for New Orleans and her people.  Frank, we will always love you…as you loved us…abundantly.

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12/10/2013 3:12PM
Angela Hill: Celebrating Frank Davis
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12/10/2013 3:44PM
loved Frank
Most New Orleanians say this - love New Orleans and we will love you back. Frank is the essence of that saying. He will be missed here at home, but I'm sure he's got heaven smelling delicious, like shrimp & crab meat etouffee :) God bless Frank!
12/10/2013 3:51PM
You couldn't have said it better.
12/10/2013 3:52PM
Frank made us all feel like family. It was truly a happy soul. RIP.
12/10/2013 3:54PM
The city has suffered a great loss. Frank Davis touched the lives of people he never met. The obvious love between he and his wife should be an inspiration to all. RIP Frank, ya done good ! Your legacy will live on in our hearts and kitchens forever !!!!
12/10/2013 3:55PM
Just another great part of N.O. "That ain't there no more". RIP.
12/10/2013 3:56PM
Frank will always be in our hearts and in our kitchens. Franksgiving lives on through his great recipes. God's blessings on Frank and his beloved family. We've missed him since he left...we'll miss him more now that we know he'll never be back.
12/10/2013 3:57PM
Frank Davis
So many fond memories.
12/10/2013 3:57PM
Icon like Angela
A NOLA icon who will be sadly missed. He always put a smile on my face every Tuesday morning with his joyous personality and his beautiful MaryClaire. RIP Frank.
12/10/2013 3:58PM
Gone but his spirit will always live in the metro area and all over this state Rip frank. Huge loss to the community.
12/10/2013 3:59PM
We all have an Angel in Heaven his name Frank Davis aka Naturally Nawlin's.
12/10/2013 4:00PM
Frank & Nash
I bet he and Nash were true native sons. God's peace be with him and prayers for Mary Claire and family. He was truly Naturally Nawlins.
12/10/2013 4:00PM
Frank was a special person,a kindred spirit! We are all better off for having known him as he found ways to lift our spirits when the chips were down, and make us humble when times were good! A great patron of everything NAWLINS and the bayou region, you could find him catching fish with John Aucoin one day, and cooking his catch the next! At this time of year his great friend Benny Grunch and the bunch would bring us Christmas cheer like you could only find in NAWLINS, "with lots of satire and irreverent humor!" Thanks Frank for giving all you had to the city and people you loved! We will forever love you and miss you! Prayers to Mary Claire and the rest of the family, and thank you for sharing Frank with all of us!
12/10/2013 4:01PM
Thank You
God Bless Frank and his family. I'm sure he is teaching everyone in heaven how to second line. Thank you for being Naturally N'Awlins.
12/10/2013 4:02PM
Never had the chance to meet him but you could tell he was exactly (WYSIWYG) " what you see is what you get "You could just tell he was always just being himself. I love it when people are the "real deal". He always put a smile onmy face with his recipes and cooking skills with his wife. He really was "Naturally New Orleans" may he rest in peace.
12/10/2013 4:03PM
I only knew Frank from TV and I enjoyed his shows. He has fought hard with his illness and and I am sure his body was worn and torn. May he Rest In Peace, and his family finds relief in knowing that he is no longer suffering. He will always be remembered.
12/10/2013 4:04PM
N'awlins will never be the same..RIP Frank Davis
12/10/2013 4:04PM
Love to see a place honoring his name and his style of food open in the city, there are so many in the industry with the knowledge and money in the city to do such a tribute.
12/10/2013 4:05PM
never fotgotten
Sending prayers up for Mary Clare and family, R.I.P. Frank, gone but will never be forgotten.
12/10/2013 5:41PM
Git da net!
Many a Thursday and Saturday we listened and lived Fishin and huntin through the words and pictures of Frank Davis. A true fish And hunt dat legend.
12/10/2013 5:59PM
I got his autograph years ago when my son was just a young boy, he's 28 now.. my son watched him all the time which was odd for a young child. RIP and May God Bless and give both his families the strength they will need to carry o
12/10/2013 6:02PM
Do you know when the arrangements will be announced?
12/10/2013 6:03PM
Frank Davis Day?
I'm still crying...I hope this City does something so special,Monuments,Frank Davis Day and many more. He is such an intrinsic part of the New Orleans culture and brought it home to us in only a Frank Davis way...made us so proud. Very much loved and will keep him and his family in my prayers .May he R.I.P.
12/10/2013 6:05PM
Learned a lot
That's because of the love that Frank showed for the people of New Orleans.
12/10/2013 6:06PM
While I have only been a New Orleanian for nearly 15 years, Mr Frank was a staple in New Orleans! The news has been a little less colorful since he hasn't been on, and now our world will miss his flavorful contributions as well! Prayers for his family! RIP dear Frank!
12/10/2013 6:09PM
Two Words
Two words Naturally N'Awlins
12/10/2013 6:10PM
Just a great person...
i know his wife is going to miss him so much. He had such a great life & what he did in his time here on earth...i can only hope and pray to be just a little more like FRANK DAVIS! We love you Frank
12/12/2013 6:35PM
Firefighter Mike
I live in Austin, Tx now having lived all my life in New Orleans I use to listen to Mr Frank on the radio and he made laugh every time. Yeh you right every time I look to the sky I think about you Mr Frank. I have him a ride one time during the Worlds Fair back from a radio remote and he laugh the whole time wanting to blow the siren and the lights. RIP Mr Frank. Tonight when you say your prayers tell the good lord to watch over with his guiding hands Mary Clair and his entire family
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