10/04/2006 12:25 PM ET
Reds hire broadcaster Thom Brennaman
To join father in radio booth, also to work TV
Reds' Brennaman press conference: 350K
CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Reds chief executive officer Bob Castellini today announced the hiring of veteran broadcaster Thom Brennaman for Reds Radio and Reds TV broadcasts. Brennaman signed a 4-year contract through the 2010 season.
The Cincinnati native will work alongside his father, Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman, for selected radio broadcasts on 700 WLW and also will sit in the booth for Reds TV broadcasts on FSN Ohio. Next season, the club's television broadcast schedule will increase from 100 to 145 games.
Brennaman will be available to the media at 4:00 p.m. today in the field level interview room at Great American Ball Park. Because of Tall Stacks, media should park on Main Street in front of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and should enter the ballpark through those gates.
Thom Brennaman, 43, is expected to broadcast approximately 90 games for the Reds while continuing to serve as one of Major League Baseball's lead announcers on the Saturday Game of the Week for national television rightsholder FOX. The Reds will hire another broadcaster to work Reds games in his absence.
"Adding Thom Brennaman to our broadcast booths shows our commitment to excellence is directed not only on the field but off it," said Castellini. "Like his father, Thom is one of the best announcers in baseball. Our fans deserve nothing but the best."
"Thin, who joined the Reds Radio team in 1974 and just complets is a dream fulfilled for me," said Marty Brennamaed his 42nd season as a sports broadcaster. "I was always a little bit envious of the Bucks and the Carays. Now I get to work with my son. Nothing's better than that."
In addition to his duties with the Saturday Game of the Week, Thom Brennaman will continue his role with FOX as a play-by-play announcer for MLB's postseason telecasts. He just completed his ninth season as broadcaster for Arizona Diamondbacks radio and TV broadcasts. Brennaman joined the Diamondbacks after six seasons with the Chicago Cubs working for both WGN radio and TV.
He was hired by the Cubs after two years in Cincinnati broadcasting Reds TV games alongside Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench. The Brennamans worked together during a Baseball Network televised game in the 1990s. During his previous time in Cincinnati, Thom Brennaman also worked as a weekend sports anchor on WLWT-TV 5 and as the morning drive sports anchor on 700 WLW Radio.
One of the country's most versatile announcers, Thom Brennaman is part of the NFL and college football broadcast teams for FOX and in January will be in the booth for the worldwide telecast of the college football BCS championship game. He has been the play-by-play voice for that network on the last six Cotton Bowl telecasts and for two years broadcast Atlantic Coast Conference college basketball games for Fox Sports Net. He also has handled University of Cincinnati men's basketball broadcast duties and worked for CBS during the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Reds chief operating officer John Allen added, "We appreciate the Diamondbacks allowing us the opportunity to interview Thom. They were very helpful throughout this process."
Brennaman is a graduate of Anderson High School and Ohio University. He and his wife, Polly, have two children, Ella Mae and Luke.
Baseball's Father/Son Broadcast Teams
Marty: 1974-2006 (Cin)
Thom: 1989-2006 (Cin, ChiN, Ari)
Jack: 1954-2001 (Stl)
Joe: 1991-2006 (Stl)
1991-2001, teamed in St. Louis
Harry: 1945-1997 (StLC, StLB, Oak, ChiA, ChiN)
Skip: 1965, 1976-2006 (Mil Braves, Atl)
Chip: 1991-2006 (Atl, Sea, ChiN)
May 13, 1991 - All 3 generations teamed
2006, Skip & Chip teamed in Atlanta
Chad: 1994-95 (Min)
Sid: 1978-79 (Min)
Harry: 1965-2006 (Hou, Phi)
Todd: 1992-93, 1994-96, 1998-2006 (NYM, Phi, TB)
1994-96, teamed in Phi
List courtesy National Baseball Hall of Fame