ESPN Radio’s legendary voice will be shutting off the mic for the final time at 3:30 p.m. ET Friday at ESPN Radio’s Bristol, CT studios. Starting with the high school football play-by-play, “The Duke’s” resume includes: college football and basketball; more than 50 PGA Tour events, including The Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship; countless NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball games. If that’s not enough, throw in marquee events like the Kentucky Derby, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and the Olympics.
Davis joined ESPN Radio in January 1992 when the Radio network launched. He was selected to co-host Brent Musburger’s SportsBeat in 1993 and has been ESPN Radio’s best known SportsCenter update reporter since 1999.
“ESPN is everything a sports guy could want, and more,” Davis said. “Hard to claim that what I’ve done for years qualifies as ‘work.’”
USA Today recognized Davis’ influence, referring to him as “a radio cult favorite” and an “icon.” And, Wheaties thought enough of his 1984 call of Doug Flutie’s famed desperation pass to Gerard Phelan on the final play of Boston College’s 47-45 win over Miami to feature it in its 2004 “Winning Moments” TV commercial in which a sandlot football game ends with a similar “Hail Mary” touchdown pass.
After his five decade New England-based broadcasting career, which began in 1962 at WEMJ, in Laconia, N.H., Davis now plans to concentrate on golf in Florida, “mixing some radio work with his golf game.”