Marty Brennaman has been the voice of the Cincinnati Reds since 1974, taking over for, of all people, Al Michaels. He's a legacy broadcaster, like the Bucks and the Carays; his son Thom is a FOX broadcaster, works with him in Cincinnati and was once a Cubs broadcaster. Oh, yes, the Cubs: It appears Marty is no fan of Cubs fans.
In 1974, Marty Brennaman was selected to succeed Al Michaels as the Cincinnati Reds' play-by-play announcer on 700 WLW (AM). His hiring paired him with former Reds pitcher Joe Nuxhall, who started a career as an announcer after retirement as an active player in the 1960s. The pair worked together for thirty seasons. (Nuxhall announced sporadically during his semi-retirement after the 2003 season until his death in November 2007.)
Marty Brennaman's much beloved traditional signal of a Reds victory: "And this one belongs to the Reds!" was coined during his second game. This same phrase was expected to be placed in lights, outside of the Reds new Great American Ball Park in 2003, but interference from Hamilton County officials nixed the idea, citing that the ballpark "belongs to the taxpayers" and not the Reds. Instead, only Joe Nuxhall's traditional phrase of "...Rounding third and heading for home." was used.
Highlights of Marty Brennaman's career include calling Hank Aaron's record-tying 714th career home run in 1974, Pete Rose's 4,192nd career hit in 1985, Tom Browning's perfect game in 1988, Ken Griffey, Jr.'s 500th career home run in 2004 and his 600th in 2008, and the Reds' World Series victories in 1975, 1976, and 1990.
In 2000, Marty Brennaman won the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster "for major contributions to the game of baseball".
Brennaman has also been named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year twelve times and the Virginia Sportscaster of the Year Award four times for his versatility in calling baseball, football, and basketball games on both the collegiate and professional levels. In addition to the Virginia Squires and the Norfolk Tides, he has called games for Virginia Tech and William & Mary, and formerly called NCAA men's basketball tournament games.
Marty Brennaman's wife's name is Sherri. He has three kids, a son named Thom and daughters named Dawn, from his first wife and Ashley with his current wife, Sherri. He also has four grandchildren, Dylan & Cal Venerus and Ella Mae & Luc Brennaman.
His son, Thom Brennaman, has worked with the Reds and the Chicago Cubs, and was a television broadcaster with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the number two baseball play-by-play man (behind Joe Buck) on Fox Sports' Major League Baseball broadcasts. On October 4, 2006, a press release by the Cincinnati Reds reported that Thom will be joining his father in the Reds' booth in 2007. Brennaman was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 2005.
After years of making fun of the late Joe Nuxhall for playing the sport of golf, Marty Brennaman is now an avid golfer himself and speaks of the sport often during his broadcasts. He also has a Golf Classic that bears his name that takes place annually.