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    Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    Watching the Reds game tonight and listening to KElch, I realized he sounds a lot like Curt Gowdy. Any old timers out there agree?

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    Re: Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    I don't know much about Gowdy, but Kelch is pretty boring. During one of the 6 homers tonight, Kelch just stood silent until the ball cleared the wall, then said something like "home run!".

    If he was on the radio I would have used it to fall asleep.

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    Re: Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    I have not heard Kelch, but I grew up with Curt Gowdy calling the Red Sox and later on national television. If he is half the announcer Gowdy was, he must be very good.
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    Re: Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    Quote Originally Posted by jhiller21 View Post
    I don't know much about Gowdy, but Kelch is pretty boring. During one of the 6 homers tonight, Kelch just stood silent until the ball cleared the wall, then said something like "home run!".

    If he was on the radio I would have used it to fall asleep.
    The Reds hit 6 HRs and the game was never really in doubt at a certain point. I don't mind that Kelch doesn't get excited over everything. Would you rather have Gus Johnson, who spazzes out over every minor thing? I actually find those type of announcers tiring and annoying, especially for baseball. Tom Hamilton is like that for the Indians and it drives me nuts.
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    Re: Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    I just don't like Kelch's voice. Something about it bores me to tears.

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    Re: Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    Quote Originally Posted by LexRedsFan View Post
    I just don't like Kelch's voice. Something about it bores me to tears.
    I think it's because he looks like Van Morrison. Just sets impossible vocal expectations.

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    Re: Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    Jim Kelch is my favorite of the Reds announcers.

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    Re: Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Jim Kelch is my favorite of the Reds announcers.
    I'll agree with this. Actually, it's not close.

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    Re: Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    I like Jim Kelch a lot as well. He knows his stuff yet doesn't come across as a know-it-all. Definitely a nice change of pace from Thom's incessant bloviating.

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    Re: Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    Quote Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling View Post
    I like Jim Kelch a lot as well. He knows his stuff yet doesn't come across as a know-it-all. Definitely a nice change of pace from Thom's incessant bloviating.
    This.

    When Jim does the games they are enjoyable.
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    Re: Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    I have not ever cared for hearing Kelch.Too bad they cannot send the baseball announcers back to the minors like they do the players.

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    Re: Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    Quote Originally Posted by Jr's Boy View Post
    I have not ever cared for hearing Kelch.Too bad they cannot send the baseball announcers back to the minors like they do the players.
    Oh, they can. Ever hear of Steve Stewart?

    For the record, put me in the "I like Kelch" camp. Dude is a pro's pro and keeps getting better.

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    I really like Kelch. For the most part I've enjoyed everyone except Thom.

    I never expected to like Brantley but he grew on me quickly. I think Marty seems to be less grumpy and have more fun when Brantley steps in too.

    I've been strictly radio for the last few years too. I miss hearing Welch and even miss Grande a little bit.

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    Re: Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    1. Marty
    2. Kelch
    3. Welsh
    4. Cowboy
    5. Thom
    6. Grande


    Marty IS Reds baseball to me in many ways. Don't always agree with his opinions but he expresses them in a way that make the bad ones easy to get past for me.

    Kelch gets the job done. Lets the game be the focus instead of his opinions or some stupid inside jokes.

    Welsh is a chameleon. He takes on the qualities of whoever he's paired with, so he can range from excellent to a complete goober. He'd rank higher on my list if they let him do more radio PBP. On the rare occasions I've heard him in that role he has been great.

    Cowboy isn't very good at PBP, but I can tolerate him when he's on his own behind the mic because at least his focus is on the game, even if he doesn't always paint the picture. It's when he's bantering with another broadcaster, telling stories about his dinner and working in the catch phrases that he becomes unbearable.

    Thom is terrible. As a general rule I will listen to whatever feed does not have him on it. Too much of his calls focus on his opinions. I don't mind opinionated announcers, but the ham-fisted way he goes about it is what makes him unlistenable. The more arguable any given opinion of his is, the more loudly or insultingly he tries to make it.

    Grande is like listening to Ned Flanders read Old Yeller out loud.

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    Re: Jim Kelch= Curt Gowdy

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey View Post
    Oh, they can. Ever hear of Steve Stewart
    I was flipping around to different games on MLB At Bat the other day and was surprised to hear Stewart on the Royals broadcast. I guess this is his third year with them. His role (at least while I was listening) was interesting. They went to him for updates on different games and other news and notes. Kind of like a studio or sideline reporter on tv.

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY View Post
    Marty and Welsh on the radio would be perfect, in my opinion. Chris is a very good color man offering a lot of great insight and is much better than Brantley with the play by play. Welsh has really grown in his years in the booth.
    I agree with this entirely. I think if Marty and Chris were the regular radio pair I'd have a hard time ever watching a game on tv.

    I really enjoy Kelch also. He's great at deferring to the "expert," whether that be Brantley or Welch (or even Marty when they're paired together). He does a very professional broadcast.


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