Rex Davis Collection, 1946-2001

Accession Number: MA 01:01
MA 01:03
MA 01:05
MA 02:05
Location: MA-BIO Da   (Compton)
Dates: 1946-2001
Size: 1 Hollinger
Creator/Collector: Collected by Rex Davis and his son, Frank Zwygart, Jr.
Collected by Frank Absher
Acquisition info: Donated by Frank Zwygart, Jr. (son) in four accessions—June 20, 2001; August 24, 2001; November 26, 2001; November 19, 2002 
Accruals: No accruals expected
Custodial history: The collection was assembled over time by radio personality, Rex Davis, (born as Frank W. Zwygart) and family and donated in several boxes at four separate times during 2001 and 2002.
Language: English
Processed by:  Jean Gosebrink, Aug. 2001, Nov. 2002; Sarah Cain, Dec. 2013 
Conservation notes: Material has been sorted and placed in acid free folders and archival boxes.
Scope and Content Scope and Content:  Broadcaster Rex Davis (1910-2001) was born in Cincinnati as Frank W. Zwygart.  He started working in radio in Cincinnati in 1931 as a singer and later as a newscaster with WCKY radio, a CBS affiliate in Cincinnati.  Davis began working for St. Louis radio station KMOX in 1946 where he was awarded nom de air Rex Davis. He continued there until his retirement in 1981.  In 1985 he came out of retirement to become a part-time voice on the late Bob Hardy's morning show on KMOX. During his tenure with KMOX Davis held the positions of news director and director of community relations.  Among his accomplishments: 
  • Co-anchor with Bob Hardy of morning news program “Total Information AM”
  • Host of “At Your Service”
  • Regular appearances on the Jack Carney Show beginning in 1973
  • Covered the mine explosion at Centralia, Ill., March 1947 • Most memorable stories covered:  glider accident killing St. Louis mayor William Dee Becker in Aug. 1943; atomic blast at Hiroshima in 1945; assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Collection organized into subseries.  

Subseries 1: Manuscripts, publications, etc.
Subseries 2: Photographs

Within subseries 1, arrangement is by date.

Restrictions: Unrestricted. Permission required to reproduce images.
Remarks: J. Gosebrink Accession # 587

Rex Davis Collection, 1946-2001
1 Hollinger; 0.4 cu. ft.

Box/Folder Description

 Finding aid

Subseries 1: Manuscripts, publications, etc.

1/2 Clippings, etc., 1946-1981
1/3 KMOX/CBS news advertisement, 1948-1953
1/4 What if everyone in Providence, R.I., wrote to you? / Robert Hyland, 1956.
1/5 “They believe in him: in disaster or calm, St. Louis counts on Rex Davis for his way with the news” Sept. 1962
1/6 President John F. Kennedy assassination teletype bulletins, Nov. 1963.
1/7 20th Anniversary at KMOX, 1966
1/8 “Farewell to old Busch Stadium,” radio script, 1966
1/9 Long-term contract with KMOX, 1968
1/10 Skylab Hardhat Day, 1979
1/11 50th anniversary, 1981
1/12 Obituary, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 22, 2001
1/13 Awards, honors, etc.


Subseries 2: Photographs

1/15 Promotional shots, close-ups
1/16 Globe-Democrat/KMOX Spelling Bee
117 KMOX Mark Building studio, 1940s
1/18 KMOX cooking program, early 1950s
1/19 February 10, 1954
1/20 “Standard Brings You the News”
1/21 Rex Davis interviewing Richard Amberg
1/22 Wheat Chex sponsorship
1/23 Robert Hyland, Rich Amberg, Rex Davis, 1962
1/24 Singing National Anthem at Sportman’s Park
1/25 Gabriel Award, 1968-1969
1/26 Children’s Hospital, 1960s, “New life for Larry”
1/27 Birthday/Anniversary
1/28 Frisco Railroad
1/29 20th Anniversary at KMOX, 1966
1/30 Rex Davis and Robert Hyland
1/31 Rex Davis with Jack Carney, 197-
1/32 1940s
1/33 Billboards: “Rex I like!”
1/34 [miscellaneous]
1/35 Rex Davis, color photos, 1966?
1/36 Rex Davis with John Cardinal Glennon
1/37 [miscellaneous]
1/38 [miscellaneous]
1/39 [miscellaneous]
1/40 [miscellaneous]
1/41 [miscellaneous]
1/42 [miscellaneous]
1/43 [miscellaneous]
1/44 [miscellaneous]
1/45 Ferman Studio photos, 1950s?
1/46 Rex Davis
1/47 [miscellaneous]
1/48 Floods, 1951
1/49 Rex Davis WCKY
1/50 [miscellaneous]
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