On behalf of the station staff and volunteers of WPRB, we are sad to report that one of our wonderful on-air hosts, Marvin Bradshaw, passed away on Sunday, December 19 in Philadelphia:
TRENTON – Marvin James Bradshaw, son of the late Ella Bradshaw, was born Aug. 17, 1939 in Andalusia, Ala. He departed this life on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Jeanes Hospital, Philadelphia. Marvin lived most of his life in Trenton. He was employed by Princeton University and Rider University and retired in 1996. After he retired, he became a Sunday morning host of WPRB 103.3 FM, where he played some of yesterday’s and today’s best jazz music. On Dec. 26, 2010 WPRB dedicated the entire program in his memory. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton. He also was a Mason and belonged to the Bordentown Lodge. Marvin especially enjoyed reading, fishing, and football. He was a lifelong fan of the New York Giants and you could always catch him, Donald Bray, and the guys at Giants Stadium or at Klotz watching the game.
Those left behind to cherish Marvin’s memory are his beloved brothers, John Bradshaw of Boston and Robert Lane (Essie) of Trenton; his sister, Lois Rodafox of Pensicola, Fla.; three children, Andrea Wells (Keith) of Evansville, Ind., John Morton of Hamilton Township and Marva Bradshaw of Lawrenceville; nine grandchildren Qiana Counts, Gabrielle Morton, Cindy Morton, Marcus Wells, Mason Wells, Keon Heaverly, Marquis Bradshaw, Johnna Morton, and Tatiana Morton; and one great-grandchild, Devyn Baldon. Marvin, Daddy, Poppa Dukes, Pop-Pop, or Uncle Marvin will always be remembered by his winning smile, his laughter, and most of all, his electrifying personality. He was wholeheartedly devoted to his family. He loved us all and desired only the best for us.
Since the mid-1990s, Marvin had been one of the cornerstones of our jazz programming, most recently co-hosting “Sunday Jazz” with Jeannie Becker. “His voice had an incredible presence on the air — full of joy and excitement for the music he loved,” remarks fellow on-air host, Julia Factorial. Our sincerest condolences to his family and friends — we will certainly miss his presence here at WPRB and on our airwaves.