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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Marty Has Left The Reds Radio Booth

This is going to take some getting used to. After years of Marty & Joe on Reds Radio.... and then Marty & Steve.... it was kind of jarring to hear the Reds Hall of Famer addressed as "Dad" repeatedly on the air today.

I'm enjoying listening today to Marty Brennaman and his son, Thom. But it will take time to become accustomed to hearing Thom address his broadcast partner as Dad. In the opening minutes of the broadcast, Thom explained to listeners that he had talked to several people on the Dad vs. Marty question, and decided to call him Dad. That's what sons call their fathers, he said. "So it's Dad! I hope everybody is cool with that!"

Claiming not to be a sentimental person, Marty choked up introducing Thom for their radio debut today on the Reds first spring training opener. Thom jumped in and broke the ice with: "Do you need a breather there, old-timer?"

Marty and Thom had never done a radio game before, and it showed. They stepped on each other's lines a couple of times, but they'll figure it out. It was as much fun to hear them as I had hoped. And Jeff Brantley offered some good insights when he joined the broadcast in the fifth innnig.

Rotation set
Here's the Reds Radio rotation this weekend:
Friday: No broadcast
Saturday: Thom and Jeff Brantley
Sunday: Marty & Joe.

Your turn
I'm interested in your opinions about all three broadcasts this weekend by the new Reds Radio team. Tell me what you think.


at 3/01/2007 3:30 PM Blogger Rob Bernard said...

"Marty and Thom and Jeff and Joe" just doesn't quite roll off the tongue as easily as "Marty and Joe", does it?

at 3/01/2007 4:11 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Doesn't have the same ring but we'll get used to it. I thought all three did a fine job. I didn't notice any major problems with Brantley at all - he seemed right at home.

at 3/01/2007 5:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about a comment on the 55krc morning show?

they have had almost 60 days.

two villages are looking for their idiots.

at 3/02/2007 10:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the broadcast yesterday especially when Thom zinged a Red who goofed in the field and Dad said, "Spoken like a true Brenneman."

at 3/02/2007 2:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listened. The innings Marty and Thom were on together seemed awkward.

The "Dad" thing seemed too strange . Its not an insignificant awkwardness though. Hearing one broadcaster called "Thom" and the other called "Dad" just sounds ridiculous. It also reveals the fact that we listeners now are only seeing the game through the eyes of broadcasters from the Brennaman clan. No outsiders. Thats boring. One Brennaman was more than enough.

Hey, its a great publicity stunt. But for one inning, not half the season.

at 3/02/2007 2:33 PM Blogger Brad said...

Bill Cunningham and the Seg man took you to task today John. Them they called Marty and ratted you out.....I think Marty is pissed at you. It was hilarious.

at 3/02/2007 3:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cunningham will do anything for ratings. ClearChannel should have fired him and not Furman.

Re: Thom and Marty - it was their first day out. They will get better as they get used to working together.

at 3/03/2007 12:57 PM Blogger JackHill said...

Cunningham will do anything for ratings. Well, duh. That's his job.

As I said on the air Friday, if the Enquirer finds it sooo awkward to hear Thom and DAD on the air, perhaps they should publish Marty's full name, address, and place of employment. It wouldn't be the first time. ;-)

at 3/03/2007 1:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must be kidding. The Reds have assembled the best radio broadcasting team in baseball. Who really cares if Thom calls Marty.... "dad"....

BTW...Steve Stewart might have been a nice guy but he was absolutely terrible as a broadcaster.

BTW...Andy Furman was and is the most overrated and overpaid sports talk show host to ever take the airwaves in Cincinnati. Furman deserved to be fired and should consider himself lucky to still have a jobin the business.

at 3/03/2007 2:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grow up old man!

at 3/03/2007 6:35 PM Anonymous G. Berning said...

Its baseball people! And we have the best baseball announcers in the game. I dont care if they call each other Sally, they call the game the way it should be. Its entertaining and professional. We should be so lucky to have such an outstanding team of announcers. I find nothing wrong with "Dad", but something wrong with "Dunn" strikeouts.

at 3/03/2007 8:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually it makes sense for Thom to call Marty "Dad" and it makes for GREAT radio. John, you are as clueless on this as you were a few years ago about WEBN's night show "The Freak Show".

Baseball is about fathers and sons. My fondest memories are about my Dad taking me to games and now that I'm older taking him to games. Listening to a father and son broadcast team brings the excitement of watching a game with your Dad to life. If you want Columbia School of Broadcasting announcing I suggest the boring announcing of the Washington Nationals.

at 3/04/2007 9:36 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

So what did you think of Jeff Brantley's play by play Saturday? I liked his insights as an analyst, particularly his enthusiasm for lefty Bobby Livingston. But he needs to remember that we're not watching on TV, and that he needs to provide more description on the action. He said one batter hit one into left-center... but didn't say if the fielder caught it or not. He called a tough shot to third base, but didn't finish the play and tell us if there was a throw to first, or if the batter was safe or out. He'll learn that he's got to decribe the entire play. Also he needs to wrap up each inning with the score, inning, etc. But these are things he can work on in spring.
I'd like to hear more of Marty & Thom. Hope we get them together for a game next weekend.
Marty & Joe on the radio today.

at 3/04/2007 3:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said... suck as a writer

at 3/04/2007 7:29 PM Blogger Greg V said...

Man, I enjoyed Thom and "DAD" very much. It would be awkward if Thom called his dad Marty. I can't believe anybody would think it should be anything but dad.

at 3/05/2007 10:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff Brantley was OK- he was sometimes hard to follow and Thom stepped in alot in an attempt to help him along.

at 3/05/2007 1:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm listening to Steve Stewart right now on via Gameday Audio.

at 3/06/2007 6:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of WLW, when did Mike McConnell get divorced or separated from Mary?

He mentioned, in passing, to a guest, that he was not currently married and the morning shows that use Mary for traffic reports just refer to her as "Mary" not "Mary McConnell."

at 3/06/2007 1:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Jeff Brantley was doing play-by-play, I felt like I was listening to Gilbert Gnarley doing play0by-play

at 3/11/2007 11:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any insight on the McConnel marriage situation? I heard him tell the caller that he was not married, too, and don't remember any mention of a split.

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