Five decades with Dave Brown

(WMC-TV) – The year was 1962. Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" was at the top of the charts when a high school sophomore named Dave Brown landed his first job in broadcasting.

"Dave and I went to school together," says DJ Tony Reeves.

Reeves needed a host for the Saturday afternoon Record Hop at WKBJ in Milan, Tennessee.

"Dave came by one day and he said man you're playing records and all this great music and getting paid for it. I'd like to do that," Reeves says.

Dave hit the airwaves on June 30th 1962 as Dee Brown.

"One of my all time favorite songs was a song by Tommy Roe called 'Sheila'," Dave says.

It seems that handsome, All-American-Teenager with a love for Rock and Roll would do anything to get the full time job.

Ken Galey, a co-worker has fond memories of those radio days.

"That was just Dave having fun," Galey says. "Dave has not changed one bit from the first time I met him."

But there were big changes in store for Dave. In 1967 he did make a pretty woman his wife. Margaret Brown was and still is his beautiful bride.

Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" was number 1 on May 22, 1977, Dave's first day at Channel 5.

Mid-South viewers quickly felt his comforting presence during his daily forecasts. Outside the storm tracking center, Dave was the face of Lewis Ford.

Who could resist that '77 Thunderbird? Or a free CB radio and Dave in a brown leisure suit?

He helped viewers remodel their kitchens, told them where to stash their cash, took them to the horse races and into the wrestling ring!

While Dave seems to be at ease anywhere, it's his calm during the storm that puts the rest of us at ease.

As a viewer's letter after a recent storm shows - we turn to Dave for the life-saving information we need.

"That day my hometown was destroyed. But my mother, at home only with her small dog, survived.  She was safe. I truly believe you are part of the reason she is still in my life today," the letter reads.

For his many decades of service Memphis Magazine dubbed Dave "a port in every storm" last year when they named him one of the top 35 movers and shakers in Memphis.

This year the Memphis Grizzlies honored Dave at their first playoff game.

Dave arrived "Chopper 5 style" to throw out the first pitch at the 2012 Redbirds season opener.

Despite all the fanfare, the man with his own bobble-head never let success go to his head.

"Just a huge thanks to the people of the Mid-South who have been so wonderful so supportive in so many good and bad things over the years and I can't express my gratitude enough," Dave says.

Tuesday, Dave announced that he has no intention to retire any time soon, and he plans to stay with Action News 5 to continue bringing you trusted weather coverage when you need it.

The Mid-South is grateful for 50 years with you Dave!

Happy Anniversary Dave! Thanks for 50 great years! 

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