Dan Davis (broadcaster)

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Dan "The Duke" Davis (born September 20, 1942) is an American radio personality. He is an original broadcaster of ESPN Radio based in Bristol, Connecticut. He anchors the midday portion of ESPN Radio SportsCenter. Sometimes he makes comments on Extra Point. His voice is often heard introducing various ESPN programs. He is also known as 'The Duke,' originated by Curt Chaplin, who is best known as the announcer for The People's Court.

Before ESPN[edit]

Davis worked as a radio commentator for almost 30 years. He started his career in 1963 at WEMJ in Laconia, New Hampshire. Apart from working for WEMJ, Davis also worked in Boston for 10 seasons as the radio voice of Boston College football on a New England-wide network. Davis called the Boston College v. Miami game in 1984, and his commentary of the famous Doug Flutie-to-Gerard Phelan touchdown pass remains among the favorites of Boston area sports fans.[1]

ESPN Radio[edit]

Dan Davis joined ESPN Radio in January 1992. He is known as "The Duke". Davis was noted The Tony Kornheiser Show between January 5, 1998 and March 26, 2004. When Davis reported the sports updates, the host, Tony Kornheiser, often interrupted Davis' reports with his own comments. Initially Davis was shocked and not amused. However, later on Davis developed a very good chemistry with Kornheiser, and he even started to add humorous comments within his report to amuse (or annoy) Kornheiser. Davis and Kornheiser talking back and forth in this way prompted Kornheiser to say that The Duke was the glue of the show.

Today Dan Davis provides the Sportcenter updates. Davis has also appeared on other programs; he supplied his voice during the Week 10 edition of Mike and Mike in the Morning's "Stone Cold Lead Pipe Locks" on November 7, 2008.

On December 21, 2011 on Mike and Mike in the Morning it was announced that Davis was retiring from ESPN Radio, effective December 23.

Personal life[edit]

Davis' hometown is Portland, Maine. Davis currently lives in Bristol, Connecticut with his wife Annette. They have four children, Dan, Greg, Steve and Cameron and two grandchildren Mike and Olivia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 4, 2007. Retrieved October 17, 2008. 

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