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).
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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.