Reds Shuffle Radio, TV Voices
December 4, 2009 at 4:32 AM (PT)
The CINCINNATI REDS have shuffled their broadcasting lineup, moving THOM BRENNAMAN from his role handling both radio and TV to being the team's primary TV voice on FOX SPORTS OHIO, replacing the retiring GEORGE GRANDE. Minor league LOUISVILLE BATS play-by-play man JIM KELCH is coming on board to take over BRENNAMAN's former radio/TV swing role. JEFF BRANTLEY remains with the crew as analyst on radio and TV, as does TV analyst CHRIS WELSH.
"I've enjoyed the role I've had in the last three years, that of a sort of utility role," said BRENNAMAN. "It's been great. I was presented this opportunity with GEORGE leaving to become more involved on the TV side. I'm very excited and can't wait. From my end, it will be a little more consistent, because I will be there more frequently."
"Thom clearly is one of the most versatile announcers in sports today," said REDS COO PHIL CASTELLINI. "We're happy he'll have a more significant role in our TV broadcasts this season. In JIM's time with us the last couple of years, we thought he blended well with our radio and television teams. He's broadcast baseball for 26 years and spent the last 10 watching our Minor Leaguers come up through the system. Our fans will benefit from that experience."