Friday, May 21, 1999

Raymond Motley, 87, was sports radio legend at Hamilton's WMOH

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The man who gave Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Joe Nuxhall his first job in radio died Monday in Bradenton, Fla.

        Raymond Motley, a former sportscaster in Hamilton and member of the Ohio House of Representatives, was 87.

        The Corsicana, Texas, native was elected to the House in 1958 and served one term. He left politics to pursue a career in broadcasting. Mr. Motley spent more than 30 years at WMOH radio in Hamilton, where he was sports director and station manager.

        “His first love was sports. And his second love was family,” said his wife, Marie, from the couple's Florida home.

        Mr. Motley hired Mr. Nuxhall to do color commentary for Miami University basketball games in the 1960s. Mr. Motley, once the voice of Miami football and basketball, covered Woody Hayes' final game as Miami's head football coach in 1950.

        Appreciated for his colorful play-by-play announcing, Mr. Motley was known as “The Old Texan,” said Gail Moore, an office employee at WMOH radio who worked with Mr. Motley.

        “He was just a really nice person. He knew his sports,” said Ms. Moore, of Hamilton.

        Mr. Motley attended Trinity College near Dallas and the University of Cincinnati College of Music. He was a World War II Army veteran. He also played professional football for a short period before being sidelined by injury, said Ms. Motley, who met her husband in Cincinnati.

        Mr. and Mrs. Motley moved to Florida in 1992. In 1994, Mr. Motley returned to Greater Cincinnati to celebrate WMOH's 50th anniversary. In 1995, he was inducted into the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame.

        Other survivors include: a son, Biff of New Orleans; and a daughter, Joy Silvey of Collinsville, Ill.

        No funeral services will be held. Mr. Motley's body will be cremated.

        Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 13615, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-3615.


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