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Legendary Reds Broadcaster Marty Brennaman to Retire after 2019 Season

Baseball will lose an iconic voice following the 2019 season.

This morning broadcaster Marty Brennaman announced this year will be his last season as the voice of the Cincinnati Reds.  Brennaman will retire after 46 seasons as the Reds lead broadcaster.

He first entered the homes of many around the region in 1974 as Al Michaels’ replacement.  Throughout his Hall of Fame career Brennaman called Pete Rose’s record-breaking 4,192nd career hit, Hank Aaron’s record-tying 714th home run and three World Series victories.  He also worked 11 Final Fours and the infamous Kentucky-Duke 1992 Regional Final.  You’ve heard his iconic voice on Kentucky Sports Radio a few times too.

The Commonwealth salutes Brennaman for 46 years of service.  Reds baseball will not be the same without him.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

22 Comments for Legendary Reds Broadcaster Marty Brennaman to Retire after 2019 Season

  1. ClutchCargo
    3:22 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    For a time in the 80’s, he even did some UK basketball games for television.

  2. UKinIN
    3:26 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Nothing better than Marty being bluntly honest about the Reds or other teams. He called out the Reds for the KGJ trade and he was right. The Reds didn’t make a single post season appearance during KGJ’s tenure. He also once said “It’s Sunday so you know it’s Yankees/Red Sox’s on ESPN.” ? He wasn’t perfect at his job but Marty had his moments.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:57 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      He was right about that, and a lot of other things. I don’t always like what he says, but you know he honestly believes it when he says it. Kind of like Cawood, to the extreme.

  3. Memphis UK Cat
    3:43 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    I grew up with Marty and is a sad day! The best to ever announce base ball!

  4. Kat4Life
    3:49 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Sad day. Love the guy…..been a fan since the 70s. One of the very best at his trade.

  5. Halfway 2 BioHazard
    4:07 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    The best! Listening to games won’t be the same.

  6. catsarerunnin
    4:20 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    The sports voices of my youth were Cawood and Marty. The Reds won World Series titles in 75 and 76. And the Cats won their 5th title…and first in my lifetime…in 78. Cawood and Marty played a big part in describing those championship seasons. I met Marty a few years ago and took the opportunity to personally thank him for the memories. He will be missed.

  7. Wow, what a legend!

    And another wow that I NEVER knew that Al Michaels was a Reds announcer! I remember listening to their games on the radio with my Papaw (great uncle), so I probably heard him doing games, but Reds games were on channel 18 a lot too, so we watched whenever we could.

    You’ll be missed Marty!

    “This one belongs to the Reds!”

  8. LunchBox
    5:14 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Go STL Cards!

  9. BigolBlue
    5:35 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Go Reds! F you card and Cubs fans

  10. Ridge Runner
    6:02 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Listened to him & the ole left hander on WLW Radio as a kid. Met him and Don Gullett (Reds 70s pitcher) while working at Cincy Airport. Great voice and person.

    • Ridge Runner
      6:08 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Gullett.. that’s a shout out, Greenup County!

    • symphonist41169
      8:12 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Greatest overall athlete to ever come out of Greenup County, possibly the entire state. Not only could he throw a fastball in the 90s but once ran for seven touchdowns in a HS game. I have no knowledge of his basketball skills but he undoubtedly had plenty of those too.

  11. Irish son
    6:59 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    He, Pete Rose and Johnny Bench are the three biggest assholes ever affiliated with the reds. And if you grew up in Cincinnati you know this to be fact

    • catsarerunnin
      9:52 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Guess that makes you an Ahole authority. And that’s the real facts.

    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      3:02 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Personally have had two great experiences with Rose. Met and chatted with Marty once. Seemed like the same guy he is on the air. Nice enough but also very opinionated. Johnny Bench on the other hand is a complete douchebag. If he’s one of your heroes best not to meet him.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:44 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      I’ve met JB twice. Both were great experiences. He’s definitely one of my heros.

  12. KYCat4EVER
    7:11 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Hated to see Cawood step down… and here is another gem of an person and play by play man…

    You will be greatly missed Marty

  13. katmandue2you
    11:13 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

    Once had the opportunity to have dinner with Marty and Mr Wildcat Bill Keightley at Merrick Inn after a UK-UNC game. It was completely unplanned. There was 5 of us at the table and a lot of personal interaction. Talk about a great night listening to stories from two of the greatest sports related legends and personalities of our time. Ironically Mr Wildcat died from taking a fall while in Cincy to see a Reds game.