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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

New voice in the booth

From the Reds:

BROADCAST BOOTH NEWS: Class AAA Louisville Bats veteran announcer Jim Kelch will join Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman or Jeff Brantley on 14 Reds on Radio broadcasts this season...Kelch is in his 20th season as the play-by-play voice of the Louisville club...he previously worked Major League games as a fill-in for the Reds and St. Louis Cardinals broadcast teams...the Peoria, Illinois native began his broadcast career with the Class A Peoria Chiefs in 1984...he joined the Bats in 1989 after a 2-year stint as broadcaster for the Class AA Chattanooga Lookouts...Kelch also is the radio voice of the University of Louisville's women's basketball team...for the Reds, he is scheduled to work 5/12-5/15, 5/30, 6/1, 7/18-7/19, 9/2-9/4 and 9/18-9/20.


20 Comments:

at 10:40 AM Blogger redsfaninchitown said...

This is great news, management sees what is wrong here and is bringing in re-enforcements. Print the World Series tickets!!!!!!!

 
at 10:45 AM Blogger Mike_R said...

Is there a reason?

 
at 10:53 AM Blogger Don said...

Why?

 
at 10:54 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Did Mr Castellini get mad at Brantley for telling the truth about his team and now is auditioning his replacement..

We love Brenneman, Brantley and our own John Fay

 
at 11:00 AM Blogger Steve said...

Can he hit too?

 
at 11:00 AM Blogger Steve said...

Can he hit too?

 
at 11:13 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Could this possibly signal the end of George Grande? finally.
St CSA

 
at 11:26 AM Blogger Middie said...

Welcome aboard, Jim. Good luck. But we need a lot more than a new voice in the booth. I get the feeling the chemistry between Marty and Jeff is not that great.

 
at 11:31 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Kelch is basically taking the place of Nuxhall. Marty's contract allows him to take off a certain number of games, so they needed a third guy.

Things are fine between Marty and Brantley.

 
at 11:32 AM Blogger Big Red Smokey said...

Hey..before you leave Louisville..do us a favor and grab Bruce and Bailey and throw them in the car with you.

Thanks!

 
at 11:35 AM Blogger Brad said...

I wasn't expecting that to be the first change since Jocketty took over. We need a hitter not a talker.

 
at 11:35 AM Blogger Big Red Smokey said...

Not be argumentative with you John, because I respect what you write..but don't they already have a third guy? There are 5 announcers for TV and Radio, and someone always has the day off..am I wrong?

Btw..I disagree with the Brantly/Marty chemistry. I think they work very well together.

 
at 11:37 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

thanks John

 
at 11:39 AM Blogger athleticdirector05 said...

Congratulations to Jim. I listened to him when I was living in the ville... His voice reminds me of the old time games and voices of announcers in the 50's and 60's. He will be a good addition to an already talented group.

 
at 11:56 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Chris Welsh and George Grande don't do any radio. Thom does Fox games on weekends. So there were some games uncovered. I believe Nuxy did 25 games last year.

 
at 12:01 PM Blogger Mike said...

With 5 announcers, Grande,Welsch, Marty, Thom and Brantley..how many does one team need? But I guess Marty needs days off & vacations..after all he does work 6 innings a game!

 
at 12:38 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

"Chris Welsh and George Grande don't do any radio"
THANK GOD!
ST CSA

 
at 2:59 PM Blogger Toddy-O said...

I totally agree. No offense to Mr. Grande but....I can't stand the gosh and golly gee George Grande broadcasts. And the gaffaws. Chris isn't the only person crying during the broadcasts!

Thom and Jeff are doing excellent, and Chris is tolerable with the change.

 
at 3:00 PM Blogger Toddy-O said...

On radio....you still have the pre and post game FSN guys that could do play by play (Piecorro and May)

 
at 9:09 PM Blogger Clinton said...

Love Marty/Jeff/Thom, so I hope this is not a replacement for them.

For the TV however, I don't care. The TV broadcasts are so boring. I mute the TV and put 700 on.

 
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