Owen Bradley is one of the hottest talents in the television and broadcasting industry, so it is no surprise that one of the most forward-thinking football clubs in the country turned to him to lead their new and ambitious television channel.
Derby County are riding high in the Championship and have their eyes set on the Premier League, not just with their performances on the field but the way they operate off it.
Bradley, who is from Breaston, has twice been named as the Radio Academy’s Top 30 Under 30, which recognises the top young talent in the industry, so it’s no surprise that Derby turned to him to spearhead their RamsTV channel.
The 30-year-old, who graduated from Leeds University with a degree in International Relations, left the BBC after an eight-year career which saw him cover sport for BBC Radio Derby, BBC Radio Nottingham and BBC East Midlands Today.
“I have always had a passion for broadcasting so working for the BBC was my dream job,” said Bradley. “I loved my time with the BBC and I have so many happy memories.
“Getting to cover two of my childhood teams in Derby and the Panthers really was a dream come true and there are so many special moments to look back on.”
Bradley was the lead presenter of Radio Derby’s Sportscene progamme, while he also presented their Monday night phone-in and quickly became the voice of Derby County.
He also covered ice hockey for Radio Nottingham, commentating on the Nottingham Panthers, one of the sport’s most successful teams in the UK.
Bradley was at the mic for some of the club’s biggest recent triumphs, including their first league title for 57 years in 2013 and a Continental Cup success in Europe in 2017.
“Ice hockey is a massive passion of mine and covering the Panthers for Radio Nottingham was my first on-air gig,” continued Bradley.
“The night in Belfast when Panthers won the league title is probably the most special moment of my career so far.
“I grew up and learned my craft with the BBC, surrounded by a wonderful bunch of immensely talented people. I’ll miss them all. They have become my family and helped me through some tough moments.”
Bradley is now the face of Derby’s groundbreaking television channel, which includes presenting live on matchdays and regular features about the club.
Derby were keen to pry Bradley away from the BBC to lead their exciting new output, underlined by the comments of the club’s chief operating officer and chief executive of RamsTV.
John Vicars said: “I am absolutely delighted Owen agreed to join us. Not only is this a fantastic appointment for RamsTV, it is also a statement as to how far the channel has grown and where we intend to take it.
“Owen is hugely respected for his professionalism and integrity and will bring a new dimension to our digital coverage this season and I’m sure he will become the face of the channel for many years to come.”