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Friends, colleagues remember Mark Bradley as talented, kind

Mark Bradley

MARIETTA — A three-time sports hall of fame member and familiar voice for local college and scholastic game broadcasts, friends of Mark Bradley said his success wasn’t limited to the athletic arena.

“He was a professional. He was highly competent. He was very detailed. Total winner in life,” said Allen Love, co-owner of Magnum Magnetics in Marietta.

Bradley joined the company in 2010 and later became its president, a job he served in until his death Thursday at the age of 52. Before that, he was president of Peoples Bank and also spent 30 years broadcasting Marietta High School football, basketball and baseball and Marietta College baseball games on local radio station WMOA.

Love knew Bradley before he came to Magnum, working out and playing golf together.

“He was a very, very close friend,” Love said. “He was many people’s best friend, including me.

“What made him who he was was his genuine, sincere interest and caring for everyone around him,” he said. “That’s who he was. It didn’t matter whether you were the president of a company or a guy delivering skids to us.”

Greg Black, owner of Black’s Tree Service, said Bradley was “a role model and example of how a man should behave and be.” He called his friend an unbelievable father and husband who was active in the community but didn’t like to trumpet his contributions.

“There’s very few people that … I’ve met that have been as special as Mark,” Black said. “He was very kind. He was intelligent. He was very athletic, obviously handsome and very witty … a very kind, loving, giving person.”

Bradley was a standout athlete at Marietta High School, earning letters in baseball, basketball and golf.

“As a broadcaster, I did his games when he was in high school and (it) made my job much more enjoyable,” said Johnny Wharff, president of S Inc., which operates WMOA.

After Bradley graduated from Ohio University and was working locally, Wharff “called him out of the blue and asked him if he would do a game with me.”

Bradley gave it a try and wound up working about 75 games a year over three decades.

“He just knew so much about the game, and he had a way of describing it to the listeners like I’ve never heard,” Wharff said.

Bradley developed signatures phrases, like saying a slow player on the base paths was “pulling a piano” or noting that “you can’t lead the league in doubles if you’re stretching them all into triples,” Wharff said. “(It) just made it so much fun for the listeners.”

Bradley is survived by his wife Tammi and daughters Emmie and Gabby, among many other family members and friends.

Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com.

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