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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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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Nuxhall Still Long Way From Cooperstown

Wow! 82,304 votes to nominate Nuxie for the Ford C. Frick broadcasting award at the Baseball Hall of Fame. And the next guy, Oakland A's voice Bill King, got 7,659. That's wonderful... but no guarantee that the Ol' Lefthander will get the award, even with 67% of the fan vote.

Thom Brennaman pointed out last week on the "Reds Hot Stove League" call-in show that an analyst had never won the award. All previous Frick Award winners -- including Marty Brennaman in 2000, Red Barber, Vin Scully, Bob Uecker, Harry Kalas, Mel Allen, Harry Caray, Jack Buck -- have been play-by-play announcers. So if Nuxie wins it, it truly will be special.

This just in: Fox Sports Net Ohio will air "Spotlight: Joe Nuxhall" at 8 p.m. next Tuesday, Dec. 11. Part of the show is an interview George Grande did with Nux "just months before he passed away," FSNO says. "Joe talks about his life, on and off the field, with commentary from special guests including some ex-teammates, current players, and various colleagues."

A footnote: Three of the 10 nominees have called Reds games. ESPN's Joe Morgan got his start doing Reds TV in 1985, the year Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's record. Ken Coleman did Reds TV 1975-79.

Can you name Morgan's TV partner? Or Coleman's TV partners?

And who's your all-time favorite Reds TV announcer? (I'd probably say Ed Kennedy and Frank McCormick from my childhood, since so few games were on TV and watching the Reds was special, although I loved Johnny Bench's insights.) Or your least favorite (Gee, there are so many: Steve LaMar? Gordy Coleman? Charlie Jones? Wes Parker? The Phys-Man? Boom Boom Hume? Jay Randolph?)


at 12/05/2007 6:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think Ken Wilson was Morgan's partner.

Since, I have a couple of years on you (and always will)I can go back a little farther for this one, George Bryson. He was the TV PBP man with McCormick. They were the first two I remember on the old black-and-white Philco live from Crosley Field.

With all due respect to the modern-era broadcasters (Marty & Joe)how could you beat Waite Hoyt and Jack Moran? It's a shame that broadcasts get sent back to the station for alternate programming during rain delays. Hoyt telling endless stories in the rain was CLASSIC. I used to have an album put out by Burger Beer of Hoyt's best rain delay material. Joe had just as many stories, but wasn't allotted the time to tell them on the air.

Fred Slezak

at 12/05/2007 7:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think they will find a place for Steve Stewart on the TV broadcast someday? Or maybe on the radio on a pre/post game show?

at 12/05/2007 8:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hume was AWFUL!! So was Coleman, but he was funny to listen to...kinda like our own version of Harry Caray.

I believe Ken Wilson was Joe Morgan's partner...and if I'm not mistaken didn't they drink a beer in toast to Pete breaking the record?? Maybe I was too young to remember accurately.

at 12/05/2007 11:55 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Brown was Ken Coleman's partner after the first year, the first year Woody Woodward was Ken's partner on TV

at 12/05/2007 7:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've only lived in the area a few years but if Ken Wilson was half as good here as he was in St Louis, he'd be my vote. Ken was an even better hockey play-by-play guy.

As for Joe, if I HAD to choose whether he was a baseball announcer or Cincinnati icon, I think I'd have to go with the latter. Yes, his voice reached "38 states and Canada," but in my case, I wasn't from this area and didn't know what Joe meant to the community and the loyal listeners. And based on what I heard when I would occasionally pick up a broadcast at night, I didn't really think of him as Broadcasting Hall of Fame material.

at 12/06/2007 9:50 AM Blogger Tom said...

I voted for Nux (multiple times) and hope this is his year. But I have to say Ken Coleman was also one of the greats in the business. In addition to his Reds TV work, he did the Indians and Red Sox on radio, and helped break in a new young sidekick in 1982...some guy named Jon Miller. Ken's work during the Red Sox Impossible Dream in '67 stands as one of the legendary seasons for any sports broadcaster. And I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Coleman; a great guy...the pride of Quincy, Mass. - Tom Sandman

at 12/06/2007 10:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Joe did play by play for 4 innings a game. He was not just an analyst.

at 12/07/2007 10:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My least favorite announcer is Thom Brennamen. His voice sucks, and his presence in the booth gives his dad a chance to whine more. I'm sick of both of their acts. These guys hate the Reds and hate baseball and would rather be anyplace else besides calling the game.

at 12/07/2007 2:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that WLW saves money during Reds broadcasts by shutting down their transmitter. Marty's ego easily covers "38 states and Canada."

at 12/07/2007 3:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 10:52am 12/7
Look at it like this. Thoma is waaaaaay better than Marty and will get even better as he gets older. Marty is sooooo stuck on himself and his ego is so large that nobody would dare tell him anything that would need to be corrected.

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