Willie Davis

Willie-DavisHis broadcast career spanned over 30 years, following a 12-year National Football League Hall of Fame career with the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers and coinciding with a 27-year stint in the beer and wine distribution business. His early exposure to broadcasting was as a color commentator on NFL telecasts on the NBC network. He then took the step to ownership and management in 1976 with the purchase of the small bankrupt KACE-FM in Inglewood, California. He followed turnaround success there with the purchase of WAWA, West Allis, and then WLUM-FM and WMCS-AM, in Milwaukee and stations in Houston, Texas and Seattle, Washington.

His presence in Milwaukee was marked by a long term commitment to the African- American community in southeastern Wisconsin and as an independent local voice for the whole community. Community service was his hallmark and he served on numerous national and local Boards and Commissions. He received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Grambling University, Marquette University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He was honored as the NAACP Man of the Year in 1978, the NFL Man of the Year in 1987 and with the March of Dimes Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

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