TV Legend Jim Davis Dies

TV Legend Jim Davis Dies (Image 1)

We remember our friend Jim Davis here at Television Park.  He died Wednesday night at his home.

The Jim Davis era at WJBF began less than a decade after the station started. It was 1960 when the man who would become our Walter Cronkite, took the anchor chair for the first time.

It was a post he would hold for 22 years.

But he didn't just give you the news at night. Mr. Davis was WJBF News Channel 6's News Director. He managed a busy newsroom of a couple dozen reporters, about a half of what we see around here today.

One of Mr. Davis' reporters was Frank Thomas, the first African-American to take to the TV airwaves in this market.

You may always remember Jim Davis from photos…the buttoned up, trustworthy face of nightly news, but know that he was also a dedicated husband to his dear wife Gerry, an active member of his beloved church, and a man who remained committed to his community.

Just because he left TV doesn't mean he left his love of the CSRA. He stayed visible, stayed involved, because that's the kind of man he was, the kind of person we all want to be.

Jim Davis lived a good life…86 years strong, but his legacy, the mark he made on and off the air, will be here for many, many more years to come.

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