John Davis, producer, creator and host of the Maryland Public Television (MPT) series MotorWeek, was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter’s (NATAS-NCCB) prestigious Gold Circle. In addition, MPT’s Linda Taggart, vice president, Development, was inducted into the Silver Circle the same evening.
The Gold Circle recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the broadcast or cable industry for 50 years or more, while the Silver Circle recognizes those who have achieved the same for 25 years or more. The Gold and Silver Circles are often referred to as the Academy’s “Hall of Fame.” Davis is among just 26 individuals who have been inducted into the NATAS-NCCB Gold Circle since the award was established in 2005. This distinguished group includes four other industry contributors with MPT affiliation: Zvi Shoubin (2011); Rhea Feikin (2014); Lou Davis (2015); and George Beneman (2019). Davis was inducted into the Silver Circle in 2017.
Phil Stolz, former president of Baltimore’s WBAL-TV, contributed to Davis’ nomination, saying, “There are very few individuals with such a historic career lasting decades in the television business. As many other shows and personalities have faded away over the years, John Davis remains at the pinnacle of the broadcast and cable world.”
As host of MotorWeek, now in its 43rd season, Davis puts new car models through extensive road tests and judges their practicality for buyers. He also acts as final editor on road test segments and writes many of the test opinions as well as other portions of the program. The series affords him the rare chance to bring the enjoyment of a hobby to his professional life and use his broadcasting, engineering, and analytical expertise to offer insights to those who enjoy cars.