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, 1934-38) and Russ Hodges (WFBE, 1932) are the only Reds announcers ever to receive the Hall of Fame's prestigious broadcasting award. 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 2009 he was selected by the American Sportscasters Association as one of the Top 50 broadcasters of all time. The 2012 season will be Brennaman's 48th as a broadcaster, his 39th in Cincinnati. He 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. Brennaman has been named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year 16 times, most recently in 2009. 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. Marty's son, Thom, also is a Reds broadcaster. He has 2 daughters, Dawn and Ashley, and 5 grandchildren, Dylan & Cal Venerus, Ella Mae & Luke Brennaman and Aidan Shirley.
Thom Brennaman is in his sixth season as a member of the Reds Radio and Reds TV broadcast teams. He joined the organization in October 2006. 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 FOX Sports Ohio. Along with his Reds duties, Thom will broadcast games on the FOX Saturday Game of the Week. Before joining the Reds, Thom worked for 9 seasons on Arizona Diamondbacks radio and TV broadcasts. He joined the D'Backs after 6 seasons with the Chicago 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 also is part of the NFL football broadcast team for FOX. He is one of FOX's original announcers of the NFL and is partnered with analyst Brian Billick, who as head coach led the Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl XXXV championship. From 2007-09, Brennaman was the lead announcer for the worldwide telecasts of the college football BCS championship games. He also broadcast the University of Cincinnati's Sugar Bowl game against Florida in January 2010 and the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl. He was the play-by-play voice for 6 Cotton Bowl telecasts from 2001-06 and also has handled University of Cincinnati men's basketball local broadcast duties. A graduate of Anderson High School and Ohio University, Thom, his wife Polly and their family live in Cincinnati.
Chris Welsh is in his 20th 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 a partner in Champions Sports Academy, which operates an indoor baseball/softball training facility in Cincinnati. He also teaches pitching in the offseason, is the featured speaker at several national baseball forums and publishes articles on baseball.
Jeff Brantley is in his sixth 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 fifth 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 NL 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. Brantley has been actively 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 Kelch is in his third season as a full-time broadcaster for the Reds. He will work both radio and TV. Hired in December 2009, Kelch had been the play-by-play voice for Class AAA Louisville baseball since 1989 and during the 2008 and 2009 seasons filled in on Reds on Radio and FOX Sports Ohio television broadcasts. The Bats have been the Reds' top minor league affiliate since 2000. While in Louisville, from 1993-1997 he filled in as the play-by-play voice on the St. Louis Cardinals radio network. Kelch's broadcast career began in 1984 in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois with the Class A Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League. After 3 years he moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he broadcast Class AA Chattanooga Lookouts games in 1987 and '88. While in Chattanooga, Kelch also was involved in the radio and TV broadcasts of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga basketball team. He has done television play-by-play for the NCAA Division II men's national semifinals in basketball, television work for the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University and also did radio play-by-play for the University of Louisville women's basketball games. He called the NCAA women's national championship game in 2009. Jim is a graduate of Bradley University. He and his wife, Diane, have 3 children, Dan, Laura and Amy.
George Grande occasionally will return to the FOX Sports Ohio broadcast booth. A 44-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. Grande also filled in on several Reds broadcasts in 2010 and 2011. 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.