Thom Brennaman

Thomas Wade Brennaman (born September 12, 1963) is an American television sportscaster. He is the son of Cincinnati Reds radio sportscaster Marty Brennaman.

Thom Brennaman
Thom Brennaman 2011
Brennaman in 2011
Born
Thomas Wade Brennaman

September 12, 1963 (age 55)
EducationOhio University
OccupationSportscaster
Spouse(s)Polly
ChildrenElla Mae and Luke
Parent(s)Marty Brennaman and Brenda Dickey

Biography

Broadcasting career

After graduating in 1982 from Cincinnati's Anderson High School Thom attended Ohio University, where he was president of the Beta Kappa Chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He entered college uncertain of whether to follow in his father's footsteps and become a broadcaster. While at Ohio he joined station WATH, developing his own love for radio. After graduating in 1986, Brennaman worked as a sports reporter/anchor for WLWT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati. During this same period, he worked as the television play-by-play announcer for the Cincinnati Reds alongside Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. In the early 1990s he did Chicago Cubs broadcasts, alternating with Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray between television and radio. In 1994, he was hired by Fox Sports to call the network's National Football League and Major League Baseball telecasts. Brennaman has also called college football and college basketball for FOX as well. He served as the first television voice for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1998 to 2006 and left after the 2006 season to join his father Marty in Cincinnati.

In 2006, Brennaman was named as Fox's lead play-by-play announcer for the Bowl Championship Series. In addition to calling the BCS National Championship Game, Brennaman called the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. On both broadcasts, Brennaman worked with former University of Wisconsin–Madison head coach Barry Alvarez (only in 2007), and former University of Tennessee defensive back and current broadcaster Charles Davis.[1] Brennaman also called the 2008 Sugar Bowl and the 2009 Orange Bowl.

Additionally, the Big Ten Network named Brennaman as its lead play-by-play announcer for college football games for two seasons beginning in September 2007.[2] He would return to calling NFL games for Fox full-time in 2009 (Prior to this, Brennaman worked NFL games for FOX previously from 1994-1997, 1999-2000 and 2004-2008 as a regular and/or fill-in announcer), working primarily with Brian Billick (and later, on David Diehl, Charles Davis, and Chris Spielman) but also filling in as lead announcer while Joe Buck did the MLB playoffs. However, in 2018, he will be filling in for Kenny Albert on the #3 team alongside with Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews for the Packers-Rams game. Prior to that, Brennaman had been the voice of the Cotton Bowl Classic on Fox from 2000 to 2006.

Brennaman, along with Brian Billick, Laura Okmin, and Chris Myers called the 2012 NFC Divisional Playoff matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons instead of Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa. This was Brennaman's first time calling an NFL playoff game, although Brennaman and Billick called the 2011 Pro Bowl along with Terry Bradshaw and sideline reporters Tony Siragusa and Jay Glazer.

Move to the Cincinnati Reds

On October 3, 2006, Cincinnati Reds owner Robert Castellini hired[3] Brennaman through the 2010 season to announce 45 Reds games on FS Ohio television and 45 games on the Cincinnati Reds Radio Network, flagship station being 700 WLW. His father's contract with the Reds was set to expire after the 2010 season. Currently, both Thom and Marty continue to broadcast for the Cincinnati Reds.

National baseball work

Brennaman was a part of Fox Sports' #2 baseball broadcast team from the beginning of Fox's involvement in Major League Baseball in 1996 until 2015. He has teamed with Bob Brenly, Steve Lyons, Joe Girardi, and Eric Karros. In this capacity, he called play-by-play for numerous postseason games from 1996 until 2006. From 2007 to 2013, the #2 team was not given any postseason assignments due to Fox not holding the rights to any concurrent postseason series.

In 2014, Brennaman and Karros began to split the #2 role with Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz. Fox also returned to using multiple broadcast teams in the postseason that year, however, Brennaman and Karros were passed over in favor of Vasgersian and Smoltz for the playoff assignment. In 2015, Matt Vasgersian and Smoltz took over the role full-time, with Brennaman pretty much ending his active MLB on FOX role. Brennaman will eventually move over to the Reds broadcasts full-time (except when he's working the NFL on FOX).

Other ventures

Brennaman has contributed voice-over work for video games Microsoft Baseball 2001, All-Star Baseball 2002, and All-Star Baseball 2003–2005 for GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. He has also done college basketball announcing for CBS Radio and Fox Sports Net cable. He is also a spokesman for CBTS, a Cincinnati Bell company, in television commercials. He also called basketball games for the Cincinnati Bearcats and Fox College Hoops.[4]

Broadcasting partners

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 4, 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 21, 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ The Official Site of The Cincinnati Reds: News: Cincinnati Reds News
  4. ^ http://www.bflo360.com/2013/11/2013-14-fox-college-hoops-announcers.html
Preceded by
Keith Jackson
BCS National Championship Game broadcaster
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Brent Musburger
1992 Chicago Cubs season

The 1992 Chicago Cubs season was the 121st season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 117th in the National League and the 77th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 78–84.

1996 Chicago Bears season

The 1996 Chicago Bears season was their 77th regular season completed in the National Football League (NFL). They failed to improve on their 9-7 record from 1995 and finished with a 7–9 record under head coach Dave Wannstedt. It was the team's first losing season since 1993 when it was Wannstedt's first season.

1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the team's 21st in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on a 7–9 season in 1995. It was the first season for first-time head coach Tony Dungy.

The 1996 Buccaneers season would be a turning point for the franchise, as the team began to acquire the personnel that would lead it into its most successful era.

The 1996 season also marked the debut year the team wore stitched up authentic name and numbers on jersey and the final year the Buccaneers wore their trademark orange and white uniforms.

1998 National League Division Series

The 1998 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1998 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, September 29, and ended on Sunday, October 4, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:

(1) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 106–56) vs. (4) Chicago Cubs (Wild Card, 90–73): Braves win series, 3–0.

(2) Houston Astros (Central Division champion, 102–60) vs. (3) San Diego Padres (Western Division champion, 98–64): Padres win series, 3–1.The Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Padres defeated the Braves four games to two to become the National League champion, and lost to the American League champion New York Yankees in the 1998 World Series.

2001 National League Championship Series

The 2001 National League Championship Series (NLCS) saw the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the Atlanta Braves in five games to win the National League pennant in the franchise's fourth year of existence. The Diamondbacks went on to defeat the New York Yankees in seven games to win the World Series.

2006 National League Division Series

The 2006 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2006 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) New York Mets (Eastern Division champions, 97–65) vs. (4) Los Angeles Dodgers (Wild Card, 88–74); Mets win series, 3–0.

(2) San Diego Padres (Western Division champions, 88–74) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 83–78); Cardinals win series, 3–1.The Mets and the Cardinals met in the NL Championship Series, with the Cardinals becoming the National League champion and going on to face the American League champion Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series.

2018 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2018 season was the San Francisco 49ers' 69th in the National Football League, their 73rd overall, their fifth playing their home games at Levi's Stadium and their second under the head coach/general manager tandem of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch.

After finishing 6–10 from a 0–9 start in the previous year, the 49ers were looking to improve from that record and make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. However, the 49ers' season ended with a record of 4–12 and were plagued by multiple season-ending injuries, which have included RB Jerick McKinnon tearing his ACL in training camp and QB Jimmy Garoppolo also tearing his ACL in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers were eliminated from playoff contention following a Week 13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. In week 15, however, the 49ers upset the Seahawks 26–23 in overtime at home, snapping the 49ers' 10–game losing streak to them that dated back to 2013 Playoffs. The win also stopped the Seahawks from clinching a playoff spot that week. The 49ers failed to improve on their 6–10 record from last year. The 49ers also went 0–8 on road for the first time since 1979.

The 49ers defense would also go on to set multiple NFL records for futility. During the entire 16 game schedule of the 2018 NFL season, the 49ers defense would accumulate just two interceptions, breaking the previous mark of three. Incredibly, that included strike shortened NFL seasons. Putting that into perspective, a total of 40 different players throughout the league would go on to have more interceptions than the entire 49ers team. The 49ers would also have just seven total takeaways on the season, smashing the previous record of 11. The 49ers were also last in the league with a -25 turnover differential, the worst mark since 2008.

Bowl Championship Series on television and radio

When the Bowl Championship Series was formed in 1998, television coverage was consolidated on the ABC Television Network. Beginning with the 2006 season, the Fox Broadcasting Company took over television coverage of the Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl games. ABC retained the Rose Bowl game under a separate contract. Radio broadcast coverage has been on ESPN Radio.

Cincinnati Reds Radio Network

The Cincinnati Reds Radio Network is an American radio network composed of 69 radio stations which carry English-language coverage of the Cincinnati Reds, a professional baseball team in Major League Baseball (MLB). Cincinnati station WLW (700 AM) serves as the network's flagship; WLW also simulcasts over a low-power FM translator. The network also includes 68 affiliates in the U.S. states of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia: fifty-three AM stations, thirty-nine of which supplement their signals with one or more low-power FM translators, and fifteen full-power FM stations. Marty Brennaman (through the 2019 season) and Jeff Brantley currently serve as the network's play-by-play announcers; Thom Brennaman, Marty's son, also does occasional radio play-by-play in addition to calling television broadcasts for the Reds on Fox Sports Ohio. The elder Brenneman announced in January 2019 that he would retire at the end of the 2019 season, his 46th calling Reds games.In addition to traditional over-the-air AM and FM broadcasts, network programming airs on SiriusXM satellite radio; and streams online via SiriusXM Internet Radio, TuneIn Premium, and MLB.com Gameday Audio. Cincinnati Bell has naming rights of the network.

Jim Kelch

Jim Kelch is a broadcaster who worked for the Cincinnati Reds from 2010-2017. He joined the Reds broadcast team in 2010. Prior to joining the Reds broadcast team, he called games for the Louisville Bats, Peoria Chiefs, Chattanooga Lookouts, Chattanooga Mocs men's basketball, NCAA Division II men's basketball semifinal championships, Louisville Cardinals football, men's basketball, women's basketball, Bellarmine University, and called the 2009 NCAA Women's national championship game. Kelch is a graduate of Bradley University. Joining Kelch on the broadcast team for the Reds were Marty Brennaman, Thom Brennaman, Chris Welsh, George Grande, and, occasionally, Sean Casey. His contract with the Reds was not renewed for the 2018 season. Kelch says he will continue to broadcast with the Northern Kentucky University Norse.

List of American League Division Series broadcasters

The following is a list of the national television and radio networks and announcers who have covered the American League Division Series throughout the years. It does include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

List of Arizona Diamondbacks broadcasters

This article is a list of Arizona Diamondbacks broadcasters. The following is a historical list of the all-time Arizona Diamondbacks broadcasters:

Television Analysts

Rod Allen, Television Analyst (1998–2002)

Bob Brenly, Television Analyst (1998–2000, 2013–present)

Joe Garagiola, Television Analyst (1998–2012)

Mark Grace, Television Analyst (2004–2012)

Steve Lyons, Television Analyst (2003–2004)

Jim Traber, Television Analyst (2001–2003)Television Play-by-Play

Steve Berthiaume, Television Play-by-Play (2013–present)

Thom Brennaman, Television Play-by-Play (1998–2006)

Greg Schulte, Radio and Television Play-by-Play (1998–present)

Daron Sutton, Television Play-by-Play (2006–2012)Radio

Rod Allen, Radio Analyst (1998–2002)

Thom Brennaman, Radio Play-by-Play (1998–2006)

Tom Candiotti, Radio Analyst (2006–present)

Mike Ferrin Fill-In/Secondary radio play-by-play (2016–present)

Jeff Munn, Fill-in/Secondary Radio Play-by-Play (2001–2015)

Ken Phelps, Radio Analyst (2004)

Greg Schulte, Radio Play-by-Play (1998-present)

Miguel Quintana, Spanish Radio Play-by-Play (1998–present)

Victor Rojas, Radio Analyst (2003)

Richard Saenz, Spanish Radio Analyst (2001–present)

Oscar Soria, Spanish Television and Radio Analyst (2000–present)

Jim Traber, Radio Analyst (2001–2003)

List of Cotton Bowl Classic broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Cotton Bowl Classic throughout the years.

List of Fox Sports announcers

This is a list of commentators who currently work or have worked for Fox Sports.

List of NFL on Fox commentator pairings

These are the following announcer pairings for Fox NFL.

List of National League Division Series broadcasters

The following is a list of the national television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the National League Division Series. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

List of Sugar Bowl broadcasters

Television network, play-by-play and color commentator(s) for the Sugar Bowl from 1953 to the present.

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