For Cincinnati Reds radio play-by-play voice Marty Brennaman, 2019 will be his final season in the booth.
The veteran broadcaster announced his decision to retire at the end of the upcoming season while attending the annual Reds Radio Network affiliates lunch on Wednesday. After the conclusion of the 2018 season, Brennaman was unsure if he would come back for another year, but the 76-year old broadcast icon ultimately made the decision to return. Brennaman has worked under year-to-year contracts since his last multi-year deal expired in 2016.
“After a lot of thought, I announced today that after 46 years, after the completion of the 2019 baseball season, I’m retiring as a broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds. To say that it’s been an incredible ride, that’s what it’s been,” Brennaman posted in a video on Facebook.
“And you folks have had a lot to do with it. You’ve accepted me as one of your own many years, when I came here in 1974. I feel like I’ve had a love affair that’s gone through four and one-half decades because you all have been so good to me. So I felt like you needed to know from the man himself, and that’s me, that nobody can love you as much as I do.”
Brennaman joined the Reds radio booth in 1974 replacing Al Michaels, having never called a Major League Baseball game when he was hired. Brennaman’s 46th and final season for the Reds coincides with the franchise celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball’s first professional team.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
98.7 ESPN New York Shuffles Lineup, DiPietro & Rothenberg Expanding To Four Hours
DiPietro & Rothenberg will now move to 6:00-10:00 AM to compete directly with WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio.
According to a report from Andrew Marchand and Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post, 98.7 ESPN New York is expanding DiPietro & Rothenberg to four hours as part of a revamped daily lineup. The changes are expected to go into effect on January 3rd.
DiPietro & Rothenberg currently airs on the station from 5a-8a while ESPN Radio’s national morning show — Keyshawn, JWill, & Max — airs from 8a-10a. By extending the local show, 98.7 ESPN New York will finally have a chance to feature a local show and compete in all four hours against WFAN’s Boomer & Gio.
Additionally, ESPN Radio’s Bart & Hahn will move back to 98.7 ESPN New York as an exclusively local show. Bart Scott played a portion of his NFL career for the New York Jets, and worked at both WFAN and 98.7 ESPN New York before the show moved to the national stage. Alan Hahn has spent more than 25 years working in New York media with Newsday, MSG Network, and 98.7 ESPN New York.
The changes create some adjustments for ESPN Radio’s national network too. Jason Fitz and Harry Douglas are listed as options for the newly opened 12p-3p slot on ESPN Radio according to the report. The network is also expected to pair Amber Wilson and Joe Fortenbaugh from 7p-9p to fill the timeslot vacated recently by Sarah Spain.
Greeny — hosted by Mike Greenberg — will remain in its current 10a-12p timeslot on the station. However, the move to a local morning show on 98.7 ESPN New York raises questions about KJM‘s future on ESPN Radio.
The Michael Kay Show, and the station’s other shows hosted by Dan Graca, Larry Hardesty and Gordon Damer all remained unchanged.
Jon Marks: ‘Can’t Take Chris Simms Seriously’ After Jalen Hurts Criticism
“There’s an awful lot of qualifying comments. Or compliments, I guess.”
The Philadelphia Eagles are off to a 10-1 start, and while there’s criticism from sports media members inside the city, 94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks doesn’t want to hear it from those who aren’t fans, especially Chris Simms.
During Chris Simms Unbuttoned, the former NFL quarterback turned NBC Sports analyst said “people are scared to talk about Jalen Hurts” and that the third-year quarterback doesn’t pass tests “with flying colors”.
“He had him ranked as the 35th best quarterback in the league,” Marks said. “Now I can’t take anything he says serious. Kellen Mond — is he even in the league? I think he got released by the Vikings. So, anyway, whatever with Chris Simms.”
Co-host Ike Reese had less criticism for Simms but did say he disagreed.
“There’s an awful lot of qualifying comments,” Reese said. “Or compliments, I guess.”
Sean Pendergast: Cleveland Media Has Done ‘Good Job Peppering’ Deshaun Watson With Hard Questions
“All he has to do is make one glance in that direction and someone will grab a still frame of that.”
Deshaun Watson is slated to play his first game for the Cleveland Browns this week after serving an 11-game suspension for serial sexual assault with more than two dozen massage therapists in the Houston area. Sports Radio 610 host Sean Pendergast gave credit to Cleveland media members for not allowing the former Texans quarterback to sidestep questions about his alleged misconduct.
“Deshaun will get asked about this today at his press conference,” Pendergast said after it was revealed that at least 10 of Watson’s accusers will be in the crowd in Houston Sunday. “Someone in Cleveland — cause Cleveland has done a good job peppering him with hard questions– will ask him ‘Tony Buzbee will be at the game with 10 of your accusers. What do you think about that?'”
Co-host Seth Payne added the first time Watson looks in the direction of where the accusers will be located, it will be photographed and filmed ad nauseam.
“Cameras will be trained on him the entire time, obviously,” Seth Payne said. “All he has to do is make one glance in that direction and someone will grab a still frame of that. Let’s say Deshaun can compartmentalize but also not stare at one section of the stadium.”