Growing up in Lurnea in south-west Sydney, Bradley always knew he wanted to pursue a career that involved communications and talking to people. His parents, who both left school in Year 9, urged him to leave school in Year 10 and get a job; his mum cried the day he had to catch a train to Sydney to attend a three-week summer school course in communications. It was that summer school that made him determined to go onto tertiary education, and Bradley focused on getting accepted into university in his final three years at Lurnea High School. But his parents weren’t easily convinced. His 58 cousins were mostly going into trades, and they feared Bradley would not find a job to support himself at the end of his studies. A strong performance in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) meant Bradley was accepted into university, and he began studying a Bachelor of Communication degree in Journalism. Work experience in the field turned into a job for Bradley in radio, and he also returned to his old high school to teach Year 7 students about journalism.