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'Reds Hot Stove League' Show Resumes Wednesday

Courtesy Cincinnati Reds

Back to baseball! After all the political advertisements vanish from the airwaves Wednesday, baseball returns with the weekly Reds Hot Stove League season premiere 6 p.m. on WSAI-AM (1360) from the Holy Grail Banks.

Thom Brennaman and Jim Day will kick off the winter series with Phil Castellini, Reds chief operating officer, talking about the club's season-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1869 Cincinnati Reds Stockings, the first all-professional baseball team.

All shows until spring training will be broadcast live on Wednesdays from the Holy Grail. The show moves to WLW-AM next week, on Nov. 14. Three of the 21 shows will air on WSAI-AM due to basketball conflicts on Reds flagship WLW-AM.

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Jim Day will broadcast most of the "Reds Hot Stove League" shows from the Holy Grail Banks.

Day will do all but two shows through Feb. 6. Marty Brennaman, who returns for a 46th season in 2019, will do his first show on Nov. 28, two days before Redsfest weekend.

Jeff "Cowboy" Brantley will do only one Hot Stove League broadcast from here, on Jan. 16, the night before the Reds Caravan weekend.

Thom Brennaman will host Holy Grail shows Feb. 13-20 while players work out at spring training in Goodyear, Ariz. The Reds spring training season opens Feb. 23 in Goodyear. Shows will be broadcast from Arizona Feb. 27 through March 27.

Opening Day is Thursday, March 28, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Play ball!

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.