CINCINNATI - Cincinnati Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini today announced that Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman has signed a 3-year contract extension through the 2010 season.
Brennaman's previous 3-year contract, signed on August 10, 2004, was set to expire after this season.
Brennaman, 65, since 1974 has been the lead voice of the Reds on 700 WLW Radio. The Reds Radio Network is one of the largest in professional sports, with 46 affiliates covering six states and anchored by 50,000-watt WLW.
This season, Brennaman is sharing the broadcast booth with Reds Hall of Famer Joe Nuxhall, Jeff Brantley and his son, Thom Brennaman.
Currently in his 43rd season as a broadcaster, 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, Red Barber (WSAI, 1934-38) and Russ Hodges (WFBE, 1932) are the only Reds announcers ever to receive the Hall of Fame’s prestigious broadcasting award.
On May 2, 2005 he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in Salisbury, NC. On November 5, 2005 he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago. In 1999 he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
Brennaman has been named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year 13 times, most recently in 2006. He won the Virginia Sportscaster of the Year Award four times while broadcasting basketball games for the American Basketball Association’s Virginia Squires, baseball games for the New York Mets’ Class AAA affiliate in Norfolk and football games for both Virginia Tech and William & Mary.
He also has broadcast games during the NCAA’s men’s basketball tournament, including 15 regional tournaments and 11 Final Fours.