May 2, 1933 – December 3, 2014 Remembering Ray Davis

Remembering Ray Davis (May 2, 1933 – December 3, 2014), a radio broadcaster, who was the host of bluegrass music shows for more than 60 years and played a key role in making the Mid-Atlantic a leading center of traditional Appalachian folk music. Throughout the course of his career, Ray built a reputation as a broadcaster with a deep, encyclopedic knowledge of the music and artists he played. He also became a fixture on the festival circuit, hosting events such as the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival and the Arcadia Music Festival.
His career began at the age of 15 at WDOV-AM in Dover, Del. For 38 years, he hosted a popular bluegrass program from WBMD in Baltimore. Ray also did short stints working at small-town stations across the country and at XERF, in Mexico, where he learned to be a radio pitchman. Those skills were put to use raising money to sustain bluegrass and other programming on WAMU in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Ray helped build the station’s financial foundation. He joined WAMU 88.5 in 1985 as the host of Saturday Bluegrass. Until 2001, he shared hosting duties for the weekday afternoon program called Bluegrass Country, which became the name of our 24-7 radio station devoted to the music. He continued hosting afternoon drive for the new station until he retired on Sept. 30, 2013. His broadcasting career had spanned 65 years.

Nice article from the Washington Post with lots of info and pictures.

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I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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