It's sad but true: Ashley Davis (a.k.a. Bad Ash), on-air radio personality for Asheville Radio Group stations 98.1 The River and 105.9 The Mountain and host of both Homegrown and Local Licks programs, is leaving Asheville. Her last day on-air will be Monday, Feb. 7.
"I’m moving to Lahaina, Maui, and starting my new voice over/music blog website, Bad Ash Voice," she told Xpress. "Also, I will be writing for a site out of San Diego called Songwriters Marketplace.”
Davis is originally from Illinois; she started working part-time in radio at age 18 and began doing voice-over work during college. She earned the nickname "Bad Ash" for her no-nonsense, fun-loving rocker attitude.
Davis will be replaced on Homegrown by Heather Anders and on Local Licks by Aaron LaFalce. Her last local show on Sunday, Feb. 6, will be co-hosted by local singer/songwriter and Broomstars guitarist Jeff Santiago. For her final on-air shift on Feb. 7 she says there will be "no special programming. I might invite some friend in the studio, but it will just be me shootin' the shit with the listeners."
Davis has been a major supporter and promoter of local music, working to represent Asheville's growing music scene on a radio station that plays predominantly national and international pop and indie music. She's also made countless appearances at local events as a spokesperson, talent judge, emcee and fan. She's also interviewed numerous local and nationally touring artists in-studio. Her contribution to local music really can't be overstated, and her presence in Asheville will be greatly missed.
See Davis off at the Bad Ash Big Game Bash, a pre-Super Bowl party at Wild Wing Café on Sunday, Feb. 6, 4-6 p.m. There will be “Better than Bad Ash Trivia” and prize giveaways including a TV and recliner during the game.
(Follow her on Face Book at facebook.com/pages/Bad-Ash-Voice/171357429574476 and Twitter at twitter.com/BadAshVoice.)
Farewell, Bad Ash! Good luck on all of your future endeavors and keep in touch.