MC’s Wharff honored at OAC Football Media Day

CANTON, Ohio – The late ‘Big John’ Wharff, the longtime voice of Marietta College athletics, was honored at the Ohio Athletic Conference Football Media Day on Wednesday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Bill Nichols Award.

Wharff was the voice of the Pioneers for nearly 30 years on various local radio stations including WMOA, WJAW and WBRJ.

Best known around the OAC for his coverage of Marietta baseball, Wharff also covered football, men’s and women’s basketball, and OAC and NCAA Tournament softball games in the 90’s.

Wharff started his coverage of the Pioneers through his production company, Phase One Sports, and would go on to purchase WMOA (AM-1490). He owned and operated WMOA from 1985 until 1995, when he sold the station to his son Johnny.

Wharff served on the Division III World Series local organizing committee and the Marietta College Athletic Hall of Fame Committee for several years.

Wharff pioneered radio coverage for small college athletics and Marietta College continues to be one of the few small colleges in the country to have 100 percent of its baseball games broadcast on commercial radio.

Wharff joins former Marietta Times sports editor Bill Robinson as local media members who have been awarded the Bill Nichols Award from the OAC.