Cincinnati Reds expand Jim Day’s presence across all media platforms

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With Marty Brennaman’s career slowly reaching its end, the Cincinnati Reds continue the radio shake-up.

For years the Cincinnati Reds radio broadcast team was Marty Brennaman and the old lefty, Joe Nuxhall.  They announced games together from 1974 through 2004 for the Reds.  Nuxhall even appeared as a guest right up until 2007 when he passed away.

In 2007 Jeff Brantley joined the Reds’ broadcast team, essentially replacing Nuxhall.  Brantley came over from ESPN where he gave analysis on Baseball Tonight.  Brantley had also pitched in Cincinnati from 1994 through 1997.

The same year that Brantley showed up, Thom Brennaman, Marty’s son, joined the broadcast crew creating the best father-son combo in the business.  Thom primarily announces on television, but occasionally makes his way to the radio.  He is not considered a candidate to replace his father because Thom also announces NFL football for the Fox network.

Jim Kelch was a part-time announcer for the Reds from 2010-2017.  He was the sixth man on a five man crew.  Whenever any of the four starters needed an off day or had a scheduling conflict, Kelch stepped up.

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George Grande and Chris Welsh are also in the mix.  Grande was the full-time television play by play man through 2009, but has been a fill-in since then.  Welsh has been the Fox Sports Ohio color analyst since 1994.

With Jim Kelch gone and George Grande sliding further into retirement, Jim Day’s position is shifting before it begins.

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Jim Day is adding radio announcing to his Fox Sports Ohio gig.  Day is particularly tasked with doing play by play work when Marty wants to take a day off.  Day understands the role as he has been working with Brennaman on non-game issues for the past 17 seasons.

In addition to filling in for Brennaman, Day will continue to host the pre-game and post game shows for Fox Sports Ohio.  That makes him an unlikely candidate to replace Marty full-time.  The Reds have plenty of potential replacements for Marty, but he doesn’t appear ready to retire.

Brian Giesenschlag will continue to support the Reds’ coverage on Fox Sports Ohio, as well.  The former Fox 19 sports director now plies his trade full-time on FSO.  In addition to his Reds’ responsibilities, he covers the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL.

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Dan Hoard, another Fox 19 ex-pat, is also in the local mix to replace Marty.  The number of people lining up is quite impressive.  Jim Day is just someone that the Reds believe is stable enough to produce when called upon until Marty finally hangs up the mic for good.