Rich Davis, host of the Sounds of the Caribbean radio show on WLRN and known as “the man inside your radio,” has died at 41.
Davis died in Jamaica late Wednesday night, said WLRN program director Peter J. Maerz, who spoke with Davis' fiancée Mexine Bisasor, who found a collapsed Davis in the bathroom. Paramedics were unable to revive him.
“It’s a major blow. His program was a signature program on WLRN,” Maerz said. “We’re going to have to consider very thoughtfully how we move forward with our overnight programming.”
A cause of death had not been confirmed on Thursday.
Since 2007, Davis had hosted WLRN's late-night music program, which was Miami's longest-running Caribbean show on 91.3 FM. He was also a local host for BBC World News on WLRN.
The radio broadcaster was born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, and began his career on the island in 1991. He was a volunteer on Radio Waves, now called HOT 102 FM. There, he learned from broadcasters like Arnold Kelly. He approached his career with passion and described it as thrilling and satisfactory.
He had been interested in radio growing up. After working in hospitality, law enforcement and corporate security management, Davis migrated to the United States to focus full-time on broadcasting.
In South Florida, he joined the team at WAVS-AM (1170) (the Heartbeat of the Caribbean) in 2006 and later produced The Rich Davis Show at WLVJ-AM (1040). He also produced and hosted Caribbean Sundays on WKII-AM (1070).
Davis was an experienced concert host in the Caribbean and across the states, and worked with some of the top talents in the music industry.
He quoted Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for his personal credo, which fueled his ambitions in life: “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”
Davis is survived by his partner Bisasor and their son. Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalized.
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UPDATE: A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist Church, 18900 NW 32nd Ave., Miami Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family requests donation be made to the Covenant Seventh-Day Adventist Church Building Fund.