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David Matthews Buys Bradley Broadcast

Bradley Broadcast and Pro Audio has a new owner.

Bradley Broadcast and Pro Audio has a new owner.

The equipment dealer’s assets and business have been acquired by David Matthews, a former radio chief engineer who also was Bradley’s first sales manager before he moved on to other arenas.

Former owners Ted and Linda Veneman are retiring. The sale price was not disclosed.

Remaining in place are General Manager Art Reed, Marketing Manager Joellen Reed and other Bradley staff.

Matthews, a native of upstate New York, most recently was director of network services for Quanta US Holdings, a startup of a multi-national insurance company.

He is former chief engineer of WTKO in Ithaca and WPXN/WPXY in Rochester; he worked as a television engineer at WHEC in Rochester and WJLA in Washington. He was with Bradley in the early 1980s and later joined Broadcast Investment Analysts Inc., which is now the BIA Financial Network.

After eight years there, he moved into information technology, including several years as product manager for a commercial and government computer dealer.

Bradley Broadcast was started in 1983 as a subsidiary of The Music Emporium, a national catalog dealer in musical instruments and pro sound reinforcement. In 1985, Bradley was incorporated as a separate entity. In 2000, the parent company was sold to The Guitar Center and Bradley later moved from its Rockville, Md., location to Frederick, Md.