The hiring of Thom Brennaman to fill the Reds radio broadcast booth got me to thinking about this. I haven't read much of the Brennaman hiring threads, so forgive me if this has been brought up...
Twenty years ago, I would have considered the job of the Reds' radio broadcaster to be more prestigious. Only about 40 or so games a year were available on television, and even those were only available to those who either had cable or were within antenna reception range of a station that was a part of the Reds television network. The bottom line was that on most days or nights during the baseball season, Reds fans were listening to Marty and Joe call Reds games on the radio. Furthermore, the Reds radio network was about four times as many stations as it is today.
Today, the radio network is much, much smaller, and with more and more games being available (almost all of them in 2007) on television, are that many people really listening to the Reds on radio anymore? Who is going to be more recognizable to the newest generations of Reds fans, the radio guys or the TV guys?
It would seem to me that if Thom wanted the job with the greatest stature, recognizability, and exposure, he would've wanted the job as the Reds TV guy.