Remembering Packie

Remembering Packie
Glowing tributes have been paid this week to former radio broadcaster, Packie Bradley, who died on Sunday.

Glowing tributes have been paid this week to former radio broadcaster, Packie Bradley, who died on Sunday.

The Buncrana man will be known to many as the voice of afternoon radio on Highland Radio for almost 20 years.

The 83-year-old was laid to rest in his hometown on Tuesday morning.

Many people took to the airwaves and social media this week to pay warm tributes to the man with the distinctive signature tune for his show for over 18 years.

Speaking to the Donegal Democrat, former colleague, Packie Keeney, said all the kind words were richly deserved for man who was popular with so many.

“Any praise he got was from the heart because it is easy praise a man who had the qualities he had,” Packie said.

The two Packies go right back to the earliest days of Highland radio. The later Mr Bradley joined the station from Radio North.

Packie Keeney says it was a blend of his humility, music and easy going attitude that combined to “draw people in” to his highly popular show for so many years.

“He was an immediate hit for the station. He had that thing that just drew people in. He did a great deal of work for charity and community work. There was a great social side to him, a great fun side, but was also deeply religious too. He wouldn’t spoil a nights fun and would sing and joke. He worked for charity including his ‘Packie’s Country Kitchen’ and took it on the road and invited in singers while he presented it,” he added.

His brother Denis led tributes to the broadcaster at his funeral on Tuesday.

Many well known acts from the Irish and country music scene paid tribute to him including Daniel O’Donnell, Margo, Foster and Allen, as well as his good friend Marie Rua.

The late Mr Bradley died just a week after his sister Tessie was laid to rest.

He is survived by his brothers Denis and Liam and sister Mary.

His beloved wife Elizabeth passed away four years ago.