That news became official Thursday when the Reds organization announced it had signed the Hall of Fame broadcaster to a three-year contract extension through the 2016 season to serve as the play-by-play voice of the Reds on Radio Network .
“We are big believers in baseball on the radio, which is why we’ve built our Reds on Radio Network into one of the largest and most prolific in Major League Baseball,” said Phil Castellini, Reds chief operating officer. “We are proud to have Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman as the foundation around whom we build the rest of our broadcast team.”
Brennaman, 71, since 1974 has been the lead voice of the Reds on 700 WLW Radio. He joined the Reds radio team at the start of the 1974 season and for 31 years shared the radio booth with Reds Hall of Fame pitcher Joe Nuxhall.
“I am truly fortunate and look forward to broadcasting Reds baseball for three more seasons,” said Brennaman who began his broadcasting career at WGHP-TV in High Point, N.C. after graduating from the University of North Carolina in 1965 with a communications degree.
“I am even more fortunate to work for great people and with great people. Many thanks to the Castellini family, and to all the fans who make our network the best in baseball I say, 'This one belongs to the Reds.’”
Currently in his 49th season as a broadcaster and 40th with the Reds, 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 joined Red Barber (WSAI, 1934-38) and Russ Hodges (WFBE, 1932) as the only Reds announcers ever to receive the Hall of Fame’s prestigious broadcasting award.
Brennaman has also been elected into the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame, the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.