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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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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Steve Stewart Heading to KC Royals

Former Reds radio voice Steve Stewart will be working with a different Baseball Hall of Fame announcer this season, Denny Matthews of the Kansas City Royals.

Stewart, 45, did Reds games for three seasons with Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman. He was hired in February 2004, before Joe Nuxhall's final full-time season. He has been working for the Reds speakers bureau since Marty's son, Thom, and Jeff Brantley were hired for the 2007 season.

"Overall, the Reds have been good to me. It was a great experience here, and I learned from it," says the St. Louis native.

Stewart will do Royals Radio Network pregame and postgame shows, and call "selected games thgroughout the season," the Royals announced today.

Matthews, winner of the Hall of Fame's 2007 Ford C. Frick Award, returns for a 40th season with Bob Davis, Kansas University basketball and football announcer and former Royals TV voice. Stewart says he will call games when Davis has KU basketball and football conflicts, and when Matthews doesn't travel to road games.

"I'm the third guy, but I'm fine with that. I'm excited about the opportunity. These jobs are hard to get with only 30 teams," he says.

In his four years here, Stewart also did some play-by-play for UC football and basketball and Xavier basketball, and Reds TV pregame shows. Before joining the Reds, he had broadcast some Baltimore Orioles games for four years, plus the Class AAA Richmond Braves and University of South Carolina baseball.

"Both Thom and Marty have been very supportive of me. They've spoken to other teams on my behalf," he says.

As for the Reds speakers bureau, that will continue without Stewart, says Rob Butcher, Reds media relations director. "We will fill the dates with front office employees, broadcasters and local former players," Butcher says.


at 1/09/2008 5:00 PM Blogger Aggrazel said...

Poor guy, I wouldn't wish having to watch Royals baseball on my worst enemy.

Good luck to Steve! Here's hoping they turn things around so he has something exciting to watch.

at 1/09/2008 5:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the Royals take Tracy Jones in a package deal?

at 1/09/2008 7:31 PM Blogger SophiaZ123 said...

Yes! Please send TRACY.

Steve always came across as a nice guy. Best of luck to him.

at 1/09/2008 9:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see that Steve got the Royals job. Steve was a first class guy to my son when they met at the Reds Hot Stove League a couple of years and remembered him later at Reds Fest and GABP. I wish him a long career in the booth.

at 1/09/2008 11:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Stewart is a class act. I wish he was still here and on the air. I absolutely cannot stand Jeff Brantley and I do not listen when he is on. Marty and Thom are great and paint wonderful baseball game pictures, and of course we will miss Joe's broadcasts, as infrequent as they became, but please take Jeff out of the mix.

at 1/10/2008 7:25 AM Anonymous fanOfTheBadBoy said...

Denny Matthews and I are from the same home town and I was within range of the Royals flagship station at night. As aggrazel said previously, it's too bad he doesn't have a better product to describe. That aside, with the addition of Steve Stewart, there will now be at least two class-acts in the radio booth. Congratulations Steve!

at 1/10/2008 9:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice man, hard woker, boring

at 1/10/2008 9:22 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Stewart was good and remains a good broadcaster. He again proves that in this market if you are home bred, you dont make it. Plain and simple.

at 1/10/2008 2:18 PM Anonymous rms said...

He didn't make it because he, as the above poster said, was simply dull. It is no more complicated than that.

at 1/11/2008 1:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Stewart is top drawer... professional charisma, positive attitude, and a true passion for sports announcing. KC is lucky... Good luck to you Steve. ~T

at 1/16/2008 8:55 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Professional charisma? With all due respect, you can't associate the words "charisma" and "Steve Stewart".
I am not trying to be mean, but c'mon....

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