Brent Davis

Chief Content Director - Arts, Life & Culture

Brent Davis is the TV Content Director for WOSU Public Media. He believes that it is vital that WOSU is recognized as a primary source for authentic, engaging, and informative content.

He joined WOSU in 2003 after 18 years at the University of Alabama Center for Public Television and Radio. He grew up in Missour-uh, as he correctly pronounces it, and has degrees from the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama. He nearly drowned playing intramural water polo at Missouri State University.

His hobbies include eluding alumni associations at the various institutions he’s attended.

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The story of how The Bluegrass Ramble came to WOSU is part of On and On, a new radio documentary about the history of bluegrass music in Columbus. The documentary was first heard on 89.7 NPR News on March 19. You can listen to the full documentary below.

Ohio Spirits Were Up In 2011

Dec 28, 2011

It was a good year for alcohol. In Ohio and the rest of the country, production, sales, and consumption of booze all saw gains while many other businesses dried up from the recession and its lingering effects. One of the wettest, coolest years on record has made things tough at the Ferrante Winery in Geneva. But that doesn’t keep Nick Ferrante from pouring a celebratory glass of his favorite dry white. "This is our Vina della Castle White. It’s a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Cayuga," said Ferrante.

He’s a favorite of Steve Martin and Sponge Bob SquarePants…and tonight Circleville, Ohio, banjo player Tony Ellis is featured in two programs on WOSU TV. The first is Give Me the Banjo, a history of the instrument narrated by Steve Martin. And then at 11, WOSU presents an original production called Tony Ellis’s Quest.  Ellis, an Ohio Heritage Fellow says he was exposed to the banjo by his grandmother when he was growing up in the mountains of North Carolina.

Columbus Mural Artist Dies At 39

May 7, 2010

You may not know his name, but if you've traveled on Long Street through the King Lincoln neighborhood on the east side of Columbus you've seen his work. Muralist Jeff Abraxas died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 39 years old.

Abraxas painted the first mural on his own, using images from the neighborhood's rich musical tradition and African American heritage. Then others commissioned him to create murals on buildings they owned.

In 1945 the chairman of IBM said he saw a global market of four to five computers. In 2002 more than 45 million computers were sold in the US. Components for computers continue to shrink in size, and experts predict that by 2030 computer circuits will be measured on an atomic scale. On this scale scientists suggest using the physical properties of small particles, known as quantum mechanics, to do calculations.

Math education looks to culture

Aug 12, 2005

At a time when United States students continue to test below other countries in math performance, educators are looking for ways to improve student understanding. A new approach that promotes math comprehension looks to culture, not science, to motivate students. Known as Ethnomathematics this idea helps students develop their math skills.

Tai Chi benefits seniors' health

Jul 27, 2005

As the body ages it loses flexibility and muscle tone, and seniors often suffer from decreased mobility and an increased likelihood of falling. A new study suggests an ancient martial art can help keep seniors flexible and confident. A Journal of Advanced Nursing report suggests seniors practicing Tai Chi see improvement in their mobility, balance, and muscle tone.

Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would require companies to notify customers when their personal information is illegally accessed. The legislation follows further large-scale thefts of customer information from processing centers. Officials from OSU and Huntington Bank provide information on keeping personal information secure.

Rodeo comes to Ohio

Jul 19, 2005

The west has been won, and cowboys now ply their trade on fenced ranches instead of the open plains, but this past weekend the western spirit found its way back to Ohio with a professional rodeo in Dover, Ohio.

The rain had fallen off and on all day Friday on the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds so the dust would not fly that evening, but hooves and hats still did. The evening saw the first-ever Buckeye Stampede, a Professional Rodeo in Dover, Ohio. The stands were filled with expectant fans, cowboy hats, and even the white bonnets and flat hats of the local Amish.

In June of 1969 a train crossing the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland tossed a spark that ignited oil and kerosene floating on the river's surface. The fire spread to debris caugh beneath the train trestle, and the Cuyahoga River fire was born. Though the fire burned for less than 30 minutes, the resulting outcry from the public created an institution that has existed for over 30 years.

That institution, the Clean Water Act, has changed over the years.

Scientists continue to analyze debris from last week's collision between a space rpobe and the Tempel 1 comet. Scientists hope, by getting a look at the inside of the comet, they can better understand the formation of the universe. Getting to the comet, though, required some thought - in fact, a lot of thought.

Here's how they did it:

Local wetland tackles big projects

Jul 7, 2005

A thirty acre wetland in Columbus could provide help in the fight against pollution in the Gulf of Mexico a thousand miles away. The Olentangy River Wetlands Park near the OSU campus is looking to find ways to prevent pollution in both local rivers and in the Mississippi River Drainage Basin.

Math Fears: Part 2

Jul 1, 2005

America has a math problem. Too few understand too little about the exact science. In fact, a recent assessment ranks the U.S. 24th out of 29 industrialized countries.

Reasons for poor performance in math range from poor communication about math as a problem-solving tool to a negative portrayal by the media of math as a rigid and difficult subject.

Math Fears: Part 1

Jul 1, 2005

A recent study shows a math gap among U.S. students and students in other industrialized countries. Recent assessments show a slight improvement, but math educators say the gap is still too wide.

The report from the Program of International Student Assessment says U.S. students lag other industrialized countries in mathematics. While Sweden and Korea scored highest of twenty-nine countries included in the survey, the U.S. ranked 24th. The study measured the ability of fifteen year olds to solve real-life math problems.

Reader's Digest this week has ranked Columbus the fourth cleanest city in America. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio wishes to do more. Starting today they will begin the process of turning landfills into a generator of clean fuels for the city and beyond.

It's been a relaxing trip until your canoe tips over and you find yourself swimming in the river. If that river isn't clean you might be getting more than a quiet trip down a lazy river. As Ohio's first water trail the Kokosing River needs high quality water for those unlucky enough to find themselves floating alongside their canoes.

In conjuntion with WOSU.TV 34's documentary, "Many Happy Returns to Lazarus", NPR 820 looks back on the history of the landmark department store which closes this week.

In part 2 of a special series, producers Brent Davis and Forrest Godsey say many people were happy to share their stories during the making of "Many Happy Returns to Lazarus."

Click the Listen icon to hear part 2.