Dr. Francis Davis
Broadcast Pioneers member Francis Davis was Philadelphia's first broadcast Meteorologist. He started working for WFIL Radio in 1947 and within a few months, Dr. Davis was also doing the weather for WFIL-TV, Channel 6.
This photo was taken in a display set-up which was located in the headquarters' window of Cities Service Oil Company in Center City Philadelphia.
Dr. Davis had an important role in our nation's history. He was part of the team that predicted the weather forecast for the D-Day invasion during the Second World War.
In 1970, Francis was named Dean of the College of Science at Drexel University.
Francis said in 1967 that his weather forecasts were 92% accurate.
We have four complete radio weather forecasts from November of 1948. You can listen to them below.
From the official archives of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Photo originally donated by Broadcast Pioneers member Dr. Francis Davis
Original 16" transcription disc donated by Broadcast Pioneers member Ed Elias
Transfer of disc to analog by Broadcast Pioneers member Dave Custis
Transfer of analog to digital & sound restoration by Broadcast Pioneers member Gerry Wilkinson
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