Cincinnati Reds

Joseph Kiesewetter

Six weeks before the first spring training game,  Marty Brennaman remains uncertain whether this year will be his last as Reds Radio announcer.

Brennaman, 73, is starting the final year of his contract, his 43rd year in the Reds Radio booth.

“I’ll be back in 2016. And after that I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m conflicted,” Brennaman said at the sold-out Joe Nuxhall Memorial Sports Stag in Hamilton, presented by Knights of Columbus Father Butler Council 968.

Michael E. Keating

Wednesday, after Ken Griffey Jr. sat in his home outside Orlando, surrounded by family, TV cameras and some writers who had covered him over the years, took the call on his smart phone, the one telling him he had been elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

It is a call that baseball fans from Seattle to Cincinnati and everywhere in between had been anticipating ever since he made his major league debut at the age of 19, fresh out of Moeller High School.


After a long battle with cancer, Reds Hall of Fame pitcher Jim O'Toole passed away Saturday at the age of 78. 

The left-handed starter was a mainstay of the Reds' rotation in the 1960s; and the Chicago native stayed in Cincinnati after his pitching career, where he and his wife raised 11 children. 

In March, WVXU's Howard Wilkinson recorded an appreciation of O'Toole for Around Cincinnati when he was named Grand Marshal of Cincinnati's 2015 St. Patrick's Day parade. You can listen to it here. 

Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jim O’Toole has been named Honorary Grand Marshall for Cincinnati’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Our Howard Wilkinson talks about Jim O’Toole: the character, competitor and storyteller.

CBS Television

Not only did David Letterman love Cincinnati’s “Paul Dixon Show,” he was a huge fan of Dixon’s sidekicks Colleen Sharp Murray and Bonnie Lou.

And I have the proof.

Going through my Letterman files recently, I found a note Dave sent me in 1998 referencing Bonnie Lou, the vocalist from WLWT-TV’s “Dixon” and “Midwestern Hayride” who died earlier this month at age 91. Lee Hay will air a one-hour tribute to Bonnie Lou at 11 p.m. Saturday in place of the weekly “Blues” show.

Food Network

After finishing second Sunday on “Cutthroat Kitchen,” Great American Ball Park executive chef James Major returns to Food Network 8 p.m. Thursday for the “Chopped: Impossible” finals.

Major, a former U.S. Navy cook -- and two other “Chopped” champs who won over the last three weeks -- will compete for $15,000 and a chance to go one-on-one in the kitchen against Robert Irvine, a “Chopped: Impossible” judge and and star of the network's "Restaurant Impossible."

Cincinnati Reds

The Cincinnati Reds are naming Dick Williams as the club's new Senior Vice President and General Manager. Walt Jockety is staying with the team as President of Baseball Operations.

Food Network

Not just a home run, but an inside-the-park home run. That’s how Great American Ball Park executive chef James Major advanced to the “Chopped: Impossible” finals airing 8 p.m. Nov. 12 on Food Network.

Judge Geoffrey Zakarian called Major’s walnut and balsamic sponge cake with peanut butter cream “a well done dessert, an inside-the-park home run.”

The “Chopped: Impossible” contestants had to concoct a dessert using a meat lover’s sub sandwich, ostrich egg, chunky peanut butter and balsamic vinegar.

Major also will compete on "Cutthroat Kitchen" 10 p.m. Sunday on the Food Network in an episode called "The Hunt For Bread October," says Michael Anderson, Reds public relations manager.  

Food Network

Can he do it again?

Great American Ball Park executive chef James Major, who won a special “Chopped” competition for baseball park chefs last year, appears on the Food Network’s “Chopped: Impossible” at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Major, who attended the Culinary Institute of America, is competing against 11 other “Chopped” champs in the four-part tournament, says Michael Anderson, Reds public relations manager.

The winner receives $15,000 and a face-off with Robert Irvine, the “Restaurant: Impossible” star and “Chopped: Impossible” judge.

Kansas City Royals

Game 2 of the World Series is Wednesday with the  Kansas City Royals up one after winning 5-4 in 14 innings Tuesday night.  The Royals say they have the pieces to go all the way against the New York Mets. 

The biggest splash was when the Royals picked up pitcher Johnny Cueto in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds last July; and he will be on the mound for Kansas City tonight.


Score it Error: Ferrell. Or #FarrellFail.

Comedian Will Ferrell’s HBO special Saturday about playing all nine positions for Major League Baseball teams last March was a colossal disappointment.

“Ferrell Takes The Field, available on HBO the rest the month, features the “Anchorman” and former “Saturday Night Live” star playing for 10 teams – including the Reds – in a marathon March day in Arizona.

Unfortunately, Ferrell fixated on the misguided concept of staying in character – as a 47-year-old man who believed he had the talent to play in the big leagues. To me, the hour was filled with far too much phony  bluster and braggadocio, and artificial angst about being traded or released, as he bounced from club to club.