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Tricia Macke, Jim Scott, Reds GM Dick Williams In FSO's Opening Day Lineup

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Fox 19's Tricia Macke, retired radio personality Jim Scott, and new Reds  General Manager Dick Williams will be part of Fox Sports Ohio's Opening Day telecast Monday.

For the first time, FSO will simulcast the parade on a local over-the-air TV station (WXIX-TV), in addition to sharing the game with a local TV broadcaster.

The Reds-Phillies game again will air at 4 p.m. on WKRC-TV (Channel 12), plus sister Sinclair station WRGT-TV (Channel 45) in Dayton.

The parade simulcast on Channel 19 begins at noon, with Macke and FSO's Jim Day anchoring from the Elm Street side of Washington Park.  Fox 19 sports director Joe Danneman also will participate, and Scott will be on the set for the first half hour until he hops on the Findlay Market parade float as an honorary grand marshal again, as he was last year.

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Jim Scott was honorary grand marshal in 2015 days after he retired from WLW-AM.

Lou Piniella, manager of the 1990 World Champion Reds, will be the parade's grand marshal. Hear Piniella talking about Opening Day on WVXU-FM's "Cincinnati Edition" earlier this week with Howard Wilkinson and baseball writer John Erardi.

GM Dick Williams will provide live updates from the Reds Community Fund Charity Block Party at the Banks, and WDJO-AM (1480) oldies DJ Pat Barry will report from the parade start at Findlay Market.

Here are some highlights for Opening Day:

Pre-dawn: Opening Day coverage will be seen throughout Channel 5, 9, 12 and 19 morning newscasts.

6 a.m.-10 a.m.: "Bob & Tom Show" broadcasts live from the  Moerlein Lager House on WOFX-FM (92.5).

9 a.m.: "Reds Roundtable" with Walt Jocketty and Dick Williams on FSO.

10 a.m.: Live coverage of Opening Day preparations on FSO. George Grande anchors from the "Reds Live" set at Great American Ball Park with reports from Jeff Piecoro and Brian Giesenschlag at Washington Park; Barry from Findlay Market; and Day from GABP.

Noon: Opening Day Parade coverage on Channels 5, 9, 12, 19, FSO and CitiCable. The only commercial-free coverage will be with CitiCable's telecast with Jerry Galvin and WVXU-FM's Ann Thompson  (on Time Warner Channel 23 in Cincinnati; Time Warner Channel 24 in Hamilton County suburbs; Cincinnati Bell Fioptics Channel 800 throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky; and live streamed on the City of Cincinnati website.)

Some stations return to regular programming at 2 p.m.; Channels 12, 19 and FSO continue to 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.: "Reds Live" pregame show on FSO and Channels 12 and 45 with Giesenschlag, Piecoro and Day.

4 p.m.: Reds-Phillies game with announcers Thom Brennaman and Chris Welsh, Channels 12, 45 and FSO.

Postgame show: Day hosts "Reds Live" from the GABP set, with Piecoro reporting from the dugout, on FSO.

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.