Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman received the Ford C. Frick Award on July 23, 2000, in ceremonies at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The award is presented each year by the Hall of Fame to a broadcaster "for major contributions to the game of baseball." Brennaman, Red Barber (WSAI, 1934-1938), Al Helfer (WSAI, 1935-36) and Russ Hodges (WFBE, 1932) are the only Reds announcers ever to receive the Hall of Fame's prestigious broadcasting award. The 2019 season will be Brennaman's 55th as a broadcaster, his 46th in Cincinnati. He will retire following this season. Brennaman joined the Reds radio team in 1974 and for 31 seasons (1974-2004) shared the 700 WLW Radio booth with Reds Hall of Fame pitcher Joe Nuxhall. In 2019, Brennaman will become only the eighth Major League Baseball broadcaster to work for the same team for at least 46 seasons, joining Vin Scully of the Dodgers (67 seasons, 1950-2016), Ralph Kiner of the Mets (52 seasons, 1962-2013), KC's Denny Matthews (2019 will be his 51st, 1969), Mil's Bob Uecker (2019 will be his 49th, 1971), Jack Buck (48, 1954-2001) & Mike Shannon (2019 will be his 48th, 1972) of the Cardinals and LA's Jaime Jarrín (2019 will be his 47th, 1973). At 31 years together, Marty & Joe tied LA's Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett for the longest running broadcast duo in baseball history. Brennaman has been named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year 17 times, most recently in 2018. He won the Virginia Sportscaster of the Year Award 4 times while broadcasting basketball games for the American Basketball Association's Virginia Squires, baseball games for the New York Mets' Class AAA affiliate in Norfolk and football games for both Virginia Tech and William & Mary. He also has broadcast games during the NCAA's men's basketball tournament, including 15 regional tournaments and 11 Final Fours. On May 2, 2005 he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in Salisbury, NC. On November 5, 2005 he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago. In 1999 he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. In October 2013 he was inducted into the Hampton Roads (VA) Sports Hall of Fame. In 2009 he was selected by the American Sportscasters Association as one of the Top 50 broadcasters of all time. In January 2013 he received the Tom Hammond Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports Broadcasting, presented by the Bluegrass Sports Commission in Lexington, Ky. His son, Thom, also is a Reds broadcaster. Marty's wife's name is Amanda. He has 2 daughters, Dawn and Ashley, and 7 grandchildren, Dylan & Cal Venerus, Ella Mae & Luke Brennaman, Aidan & Tanner Shirley and Grace Koch.
Jeff Brantley is in his 13th season as a member of the Reds Radio and Reds TV broadcast teams. He was hired in October 2006. After he retired as a player following the 2001 season, Brantley joined ESPN as an in-game analyst and also as a studio analyst on the network's popular Baseball Tonight show. In March 2006, he broadcast several telecasts of the inaugural World Baseball Classic. Brantley spent 14 seasons in the Major Leagues and enjoyed some of his best years while pitching for the Reds from 1994-1997, when he posted a 2.64 ERA and 88 saves. He is tied for sixth on the club's all-time saves list. In 1996 he earned the Rolaids Relief Man Award after leading the National League with 44 saves. His 44 saves that season remains the Reds' single-season record. Brantley also pitched for the Giants, Cardinals, Phillies and Rangers. He was an All-Star for San Francisco in 1990 and finished his career with 172 saves and a 3.39 ERA in 615 games. He is enshrined on the Giants' Wall of Fame at AT&T Park. Brantley is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he led the Bulldogs to a third-place finish at the College World Series. He was a 4-year letterwinner for MSU and was named first-team All-American in 1985. A member of the Mississippi State Hall of Fame, Brantley's uniform number 8 was retired in 2000. In 2010 he was inducted into the State of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. He has been involved in several youth baseball groups like Garth Brooks' "Teammates for Kids" and an inner-city baseball program in Jackson, Mississippi. Jeff and wife Ashley have 2 children, Elizabeth and Mason. He has two other children, Emily and Murphy.
For the eighth straight season, former infielder Doug Flynn will broadcast select games on the Reds on Radio network and will co-host with Jeff Piecoro FOX Sports Ohio's 30-minute magazine show, Reds Weekly. He has previous experience in broadcasting as the color commentator for University of Kentucky baseball, returning to that booth again in 2019, and the Kentucky high school state baseball championships. From 2012-2016, Doug was the color man for the USA vs Canada softball game on ESPN3 and in 2014 and 2015 he was on the broadcast team for the CBS Sports Network's Minor League Game of the Week. He also has co-hosted a television show about high school sports and a radio show geared toward fishing and currently hosts Kentucky Life, a show on Kentucky Education TV about the history of the state. Signed by the Reds in August 1971 as an amateur free agent out of the University of Kentucky, Flynn played in the Major Leagues for 11 seasons with the Reds, Mets, Expos, Rangers and Tigers. He appeared in 89 games in 1975 and 93 games in 1976 as the Big Red Machine won consecutive World Series titles. In 1980 while with New York, he won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for second basemen and remains the only Mets player to win that award at that position. Doug lives in Lexington with his wife, Olga, and dogs Kodi, Buddy and Jackson.
Tommy Thrall is in his first full season broadcasting for the Reds. In 2018, the 15-year broadcasting veteran called 3 Reds games in spring training and then 3 games near the end of the regular season. He will host the Reds' post-game show for all 162 games and will handle Reds on Radio play-by-play during Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman's off days. He also will work alongside Brennaman when Jeff Brantley is working FOX Sports Ohio. Before joining the organization full-time in 2019, Thrall spent 7 years broadcasting radio and TV games for Class AA Pensacola. While in Pensacola, he also served as the play-by-play voice for football and basketball for the University of West Florida. Thrall began working in professional baseball as an intern for the Kansas City T-Bones while earning his degree from Northwest Missouri State University. He went on to work for Class A Myrtle Beach and Quad Cities before making the move to Pensacola. Thrall has filled various roles in broadcasting, including TV sports anchor and reporter on WEAR-TV in Pensacola, sports talk host on ESPN Pensacola and host of UWF's weekly television coach's show.
Danny Graves is in his second season filling in on Reds on Radio broadcasts. The franchise's all-time leader with 182 career saves, Graves pitched in Cincinnati in 9 of his 11 Major League seasons. In 518 career appearances from 1996-2006, including 30 starts, Graves went 43-33 with a 4.05 ERA and 182 saves for the Reds, Indians and Mets. The righthander was a National League All-Star in 2000 and 2004 and in 2002 won the prestigious Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, presented annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the giving character of the Hall of Famer. After he retired from baseball following the 2006 season, Graves became a Major League Baseball analyst for a digital sports network 120 Sports/Stadium. He also has worked color commentary for ESPN at the Little League World Series regional tournament, for ESPNU covering ACC baseball and for CBS Sports Network covering college baseball. Graves most recently served as an analyst for ESPN Radio, MLB.com and Sirius XM MLB Network Radio while guest hosting MLB Now on MLB Network.