Marty Brennaman

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The "Reds Hot Stove League" call-in show returns for the off-season at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, after years of airing Tuesday nights on WLW-AM (700).

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And this one belongs to The Big One!, even though WLW-AM doesn't call itself "The Big One" any more.

Phil Castellini, Reds chief operating officer, announced on WLW-AM's Bill Cunningham show Wednesday a five-year renewal of the team's radio rights through 2022.

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Great news at the end of another lousy Reds season: Marty Brennaman will return to the Reds Radio booth for a 45th season in 2018.

Brennaman, 75, last year signed just a one-year deal after having multiple-year contracts since 1974.

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Play ball! Reds can will hear 34 of the club's 38 spring training games on radio or online, and can see five games on TV from Arizona this spring.

Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley call the Reds spring openers against the San Francisco Giants from Scottsdale 3 p.m. Friday on WLW-AM. The pregame show starts at 2:30 p.m.

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After a horrible 1-8 season in 1960, the Reds traded hometown favorite "Hamilton" Joe Nuxhall to the Kansas City Athletics on this date, Jan. 25, in 1961.

After his historic debut as a 15-year-old in 1944, Nuxhall returned to the Reds in 1952 at age 23. He won 83 games for in the club in the 1950s – going 12-5 in 1954 and 17-12 in 1955. He led the National League with 5 shutouts in 1955, and made the All-Star teams in 1955 and 1956.

Then he fell apart in 1960 with a 1-8 record and 4.42 ERA at age 32.

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Another year down the tubes: A basket of not very deplorable TV, movies and media stories in 2016 from A to Z.

A  is for Anchors Away! Jonathan Hawgood left WLWT-TV in May. Newlywed Julie Dolan left WCPO-TV for Louisville in November.

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Great music, great memories.

Great fireworks. Great TV.

That, to me, sums up the return to TV of the WEBN-FM fireworks for the 40th annual last blast of summer, after the telecast took a year hiatus, as they say in the television business.

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Last year on his birthday I proposed the Reds honor Hall of Fame Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman with the "ultimate birthday present," a statue on Crosley Terrace. I've updated the blog for his 74th birthday today. Happy Birthday, Marty!

As he celebrates his 74rd birthday today, Marty Brennaman sounds as excited as that rookie big league radio announcer who joined Joe Nuxhall in 1974. That’s what made Marty a Hall of Famer.

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Thom Brennaman says he'll be back announcing Reds games on Fox Sports Ohio in August – not July, as his father told the huge crowd at the Pete Rose Hall of Fame induction dinner Sunday night at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

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Update on Saturday, May 28:  Marty Brennaman told Enquirer Reds writer C. Trent Rosecrans Friday night in Milwaukee: "I will be back next year.... After that, then I’ll take stock on a year-by-year basis, essentially."  

Original post Thursday May 26: All the deserved fanfare about Vin Scully's retirement makes me wonder: Might Marty Brennaman retire at the end of this season too? Yes, he could.

When I saw Reds President Bob Castellini recently, and asked him if Marty will return next season, Castellini replied in four words: "It's up to Marty."

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Needing starting pitching – sound familiar? – the Reds signed former St. Xavier High School lefty Chris Welsh 30 years ago, on April 4, 1986.

The future Reds TV analyst was 30 when released by Texas the previous November, after compiling a 16-22 record in four seasons for the Padres, Expos and Rangers.

Welsh pitched one season for the Reds, his fifth and final season.

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Play ball! Fans get their first look at the new, young Reds when Fox Sports Ohio and WLW-AM broadcast the Reds spring opener 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, from Goodyear, Ariz.

FSO will televise the second game, also against the Cleveland Indians from Goodyear, at 3 p.m. Wednesday.  FSO will carry two more spring games: Reds-Royals 1 p.m. Tuesday March 15, and Reds-Rockies 4 p.m. Friday March 25, according to the Reds broadcast schedule.

Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley will do the opener on WLW-AM, and the Wednesday game on Fox Sports WSAI-AM (1360). 

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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.

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As he celebrates his 73rd birthday today, Marty Brennaman sounds as excited as that rookie big league radio announcer who joined Joe Nuxhall in 1974. That’s what made Marty a Hall of Famer.

Reds fans will say he’s best known for his calls of the 1990 World Series, Jay Bruce’s Central Division clinching homer in 2010, or Pete Rose’s hit number 4,192, but to me Marty’s at his best when the Reds are at their worst.  Just listen. Marty and Jeff Brantley or Jim Kelch keep fans laughing and engaged through this awful season.