David Saks was born in Memphis, Tennessee on August 1, 1952.
In 1990, the pianist and composer was honored by the Memphis City Council by having
two of his songs, "In Memphis" and "One Last Bridge", adopted as the "Official Songs
of Memphis" in unanimous resolutions. His music manuscripts are in the Library of
David has demonstrated empathy and compassion for those less fortunate, has made special
effort to assist in community endeavors for the physically challenged, and has supported
community service efforts for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital founded by entertainer
David has been a radio personality in Memphis for more than four decades. He started
working for the ten watt, campus radio station known as WTGR in 1969 at age 17.
He attended Rhodes College and the University of Memphis.
In 1972, David was a visiting student and guest scholar in the Cambridge, Ma. home
of Professor John Kenneth Galbraith (author of "The New Industrial State"). Dr. Galbraith
was the United States ambassador to India under President John F. Kennedy and chair
of the Department of Economics at Harvard University.
In 1974 he spent a year working and studying in Israel along with students from Harvard,
Yale, Princeton, Colgate, Baylor and Oxford Universities. In 1975 he was a piano student
of Art Bayer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the late Herbert Hermann
at the University of Memphis. He's played Steinway Hall in London and New York and included
in the Steinway Registry.
David is also a licensed real estate professional and has dedicated himself to addressing
the needs of fair housing while aggressively opposing predatory lending.
On August 16, 1977 David was visiting Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, and left
shortly before Elvis was found unconscious and taken to the hospital. On January 8,
1993, Elvis' birthday, David was honored by Graceland and the United States Postal
Service as the recipient of the first officially canceled Elvis Presley first day
cover, recognized by the American Philatelic Society as a great national treasure.
David, along with other students, placed WLYX, Lynx Radio, at Southwestern College
at Memphis (now Rhodes College), on the air in 1971. He was a periodic and regular
contributor to the station hosting his own program throughout the years 1971 through
The station was destroyed by a construction accident when an earth mover tore the
support wires out of the ground supporting the antenna tower. The antenna cable was
pulled through the back of the main transmitter wall. WLYX was a legacy of great entertainment
for the Memphis community and surrounding area, and was the voice of Southwestern
/ Rhodes college for more than twenty years. The equipment was damaged beyond repair
and the administration and the faculty abandoned the idea of rebuilding the radio
He was honored with a scholarship from Rhodes and returned to college for a brief
period of time in 1991.
He was a regular contributor to WLYX, hosting his own show, before Southwestern sold
the station's license to then Memphis State University in 1982, and has returned to
the University of Memphis.
David Saks is one of WUMR's long-time on-air personalities.