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.
Thom Brennaman is in his 13th season as a member of the Reds radio and TV broadcast teams and in his 32nd consecutive season announcing Major League Baseball games. The Cincinnati native is the club's primary play-by-play broadcaster for FOX Sports Ohio TV broadcasts but occasionally works in the 700 WLW Radio booth alongside his father, Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman. In addition to his Reds duties, Thom begins his 24th consecutive season on FOX Saturday Baseball. He has announced 12 Division Series and 10 League Championship Series on FOX. Thom joined the Reds in 2007 after 9 seasons on Diamondbacks radio and TV broadcasts. He joined the D-Backs after 6 seasons with the Cubs working for both WGN radio and TV. He was hired by the Cubs after 2 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 and is the only father/son duo to call a perfect game and winning World Series for their home teams and work a 20-strikeout game. One of sport's most versatile on-air talents, Thom is an original member of the NFL on FOX broadcast team and in 2019 will work his 26th consecutive year announcing the NFL on FOX. From 2007-09, Brennaman was the lead announcer for the worldwide telecasts of the college football BCS championship games and helped launch the Big Ten Network in 2007 with Appalachian State's upset win at Michigan. He also announced the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl and served as the play-by-play voice for 6 Cotton Bowl telecasts from 2001-06. He is a board member of SPCA Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Foundation and a member of Horizon Church in Cincinnati. A graduate of Anderson High School and Ohio University, Thom, his wife Polly and their family live in Cincinnati.
Chris Welsh is in his 27th season as Reds TV analyst following a 5-year Major League career with the Padres, Expos, Rangers and Reds. Chris went 21-31 with a 4.45 ERA, 8 complete games and 3 shutouts in 122 career appearances, including 75 starts. From 1993-2009 Chris and partner George Grande worked together for the 17 seasons as the longest-running TV duo in Reds history. He is a graduate of Cincinnati's St. Xavier High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida, where his baseball coach was Hall of Famer Robin Roberts. In addition to his television work, Chris is active in several local charities. He serves on the Board of the Powell Crosley Jr. Amateur Baseball Fund, which oversees the Kid Glove Games. He is a partner in Champions Baseball Academy and a featured speaker at many local venues. Chris created and operates baseballrulesacademy.com, an interactive website designed to teach the rules of baseball by use of video lessons and quizzes.
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.
Jim Day is in his 18th season covering the Reds for FOX Sports Ohio, returning to TV full-time in 2019 by splitting time working both play-by-play in the broadcast booth and on the sidelines for pre-game, post-game and in-game coverage. For the 17th season he will serve as the main host of the Emmy Award-winning pre- and post-game shows, Reds Live. For the ninth straight year, he will sit in the play-by-play chair during TV game broadcasts in the absence of Thom Brennaman. In 2018, Day split duties between Reds TV and Reds on Radio, covering radio play-by-play duties during the off days of Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley while also working TV play-by-play in addition to his pre- and post-game show stints. He is an Emmy Award-winning reporter with 30 years' experience in sports broadcasting. After graduating from Otterbein College, Day worked at WSYX-TV as an anchor/reporter in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Following a 3-year stay at WFTS-TV in Tampa, Day returned to his roots to work for FOX Sports Net Ohio. He has served in various roles for FOX Sports Ohio while covering every major sport for the network.
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.
Jeff Piecoro enters his 21st season covering the Reds for FOX Sports Ohio. He hosts the Emmy Award-winning pre- and post-game shows, Reds Live, and co-hosts with former Big Red Machine infielder Doug Flynn a 30-minute magazine show, Reds Weekly. He has been with the FOX Sports family for 22 years. Piecoro, who played football at the University of Kentucky from 1980-84, currently serves as the color analyst for Wildcats football games and has worked as the television play-by-play announcer for the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University men's basketball teams. He currently is the play-by-play voice for the University of Dayton and FOX Sports Regional and also does play-by-play on the SEC Network for men and women's basketball. Jeff has broadcast almost every major sport, including 9 Kentucky Derby races and 7 Breeders' Cup world thoroughbred championships. Jeff resides in Northern Kentucky with his children Nicholas, Olivia and Ali.
George Grande occasionally will return to the FOX Sports Ohio broadcast booth. A 51-year veteran of the broadcasting business, from 1993-2009 George and partner Chris Welsh worked together for 17 seasons as the longest-running TV duo in Reds history. Each season since 2010, Grande has filled in on Reds broadcasts. The New Haven, CT native has covered Major League Baseball since 1965. From 1980-2010 he hosted the National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee ceremonies in Cooperstown. George also anchored the first-ever ESPN SportsCenter telecast on September 7, 1979 and spent 10 seasons with the all-sports network anchoring that award-winning show and covering the World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, Super Bowl, NCAA basketball tournament, College World Series and major college football games. From 1989-90 he broadcast Yankees games on WPIX, and from 1991-92 he broadcast Cardinals baseball games before he joined the Reds TV team in 1993. In 1967 George began his broadcasting career as the sports director and news director of the University of Southern California radio station, KUSC-FM, followed by radio stints at KNX in Los Angeles; WERI in Westerly, RI; and WNHC in New Haven, CT. He completed his radio broadcast career by handling the Boston Red Sox' pre-game and post-game shows on WMEX. Grande also anchored local TV sports telecasts at WTNH in New Haven, CT and at WCBS in New York. He started broadcasting baseball games in 1971 for the West Haven (CT) Yankees in the Eastern League. George graduated in 1969 from the University of Southern California, where he played baseball for 4 seasons and was a member of the 1968 College World Series championship team. While at USC he played with 14 future Major Leaguers, including Hall of Famer Tom Seaver and slugger Dave Kingman. Grande is on the board of directors for USA Baseball.
Brian Giesenschlag is in his 15th season covering the Reds, his sixth as co-host of the Emmy Award-winning Reds Live pre- and post-game shows on FOX Sports Ohio. Before joining Jeff Piecoro on the Reds Live desk, Brian was the feature reporter for Reds Live while also working as a sports anchor at Cincinnati's WXIX-TV (FOX). He also covers the NHL as co-host of FOX Sports Ohio's Columbus Blue Jackets Live pre- and post-game shows. A native Texan and graduate of Baylor University, Brian worked at several television outlets in his home state before moving to Ohio. He and wife Julie live in Cincinnati with their children Zachary, Brock and Ava.
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.
Sam LeCure is in his second season working on the Emmy Award-winning Reds Live pre- and post-game shows on FOX Sports Ohio. The righthanded pitcher made 250 Major League appearances, all for the Reds from 2010-2015 and including 10 starts, and finished his career with a 10-16 record and a 3.51 ERA. He contributed to National League Central Division championships in 2010 and 2012 and to a berth in the NL Wild Card game in 2013, the franchise's best run of playoff appearances since the Big Red Machine dynasty of the 1970s.