Director of Radio Services
Office: A/C S413A
BBA University of Wisconsin-Madison
Randall Davidson is the Director of Radio Services at the
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Prior to joining UWO he spent eighteen years
with Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison, where he was a news producer and the
network's afternoon newscaster. He also was the network's chief announcer,
training new announcers and filling in on music programs where needed, most
often on Simply Folk, the network's weekly folk music program. In addition to
his on air work, Davidson also served as the unofficial historian of WPR,
answering listener questions about the early years and keeping track of
historical artifacts and collections relating to the network's history. His
book on the topic, "9XM Talking: WHA Radio and the Wisconsin Idea"
was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2006. It was
honored by the Wisconsin State Historical Society as the best book on Wisconsin
history published that year.
Davidson's broadcasting work has won awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Wisconsin Associated Press and the Northwest Broadcast News Association. In 2014, his work as a educator was recognized when he was named a recipient of UWO's Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award.
Davidson is a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's Education Committee and also serves as a contest judge for the Illinois Broadcasters Association, Public Radio News Directors, Inc., and the New York International Radio Festival; Davidson serves this latter organization as a member of its Grand Jury.
Davidson began his radio career at UW Oshkosh's station WRST-FM. While in college, he worked as a disk jockey at Appleton commercial station WHBY-AM and while in graduate school in Madison, he reported for United Press International. He is a native of Neenah, WI.