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How to watch, hear Reds spring training games

Bally Sports Ohio will telecast five Reds spring games this year, starting with the Cactus League opener Saturday Feb. 24 from Goodyear, Ariz.
John Kiesewetter
Bally Sports Ohio will telecast five Reds spring games this year, starting with the Cactus League opener Saturday Feb. 24 from Goodyear, Ariz.

Update 1:20 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 20: Two more Reds spring training telecasts have been announced by Bally Sports Ohio, for a total of seven Cactus League games.

Bally Sports will air the Thursday March 14 game against the World Champion Texas Rangers, and the March 19 Los Angeles Angels game which MLB Network also plans to carry live. Over the weekend the Reds announced that fans would see five Reds games on Bally Sports Ohio, and another five games live on the MLB Network, including the March 19 Angels same.

Both the Rangers and Angels games will feature the opposing team’s announcers.

Bally Sports Ohio says that “a rotation of Chris Welsh, John Sadak, Jim Day and Sam LeCure” will call the action for three “March to Opening Day” games. The other four will be produced by different Bally Sports regional networks, and feature the opposing team’s announcers, Bally Sports Ohio said.

Reds games on Bally Sports Ohio stream live on the Bally Sports app and on when a consumer authenticates through their pay-tv service, Bally Sports Ohio said. Visit for support; streaming support can also be found @ballysportshelp on X (Twitter).

Original post 10:50 a.m. Monday Feb. 19: Play ball! When the much anticipated 2024 Cincinnati Reds season starts Saturday, Feb. 24, fans can watch the spring opener live on Bally Sports Ohio, and hear it on Fox Sports WSAI-AM (1360) or

Bally Sports Ohio will air five Reds home games from Goodyear, Ariz. Two — the first game and the last game (March 24) from Goodyear — will feature announcers for the Cleveland Guardians, who share the Arizona complex with the Reds.

The MLB Network also has scheduled five Reds games, but four will use the opposing team’s announcers, graphics or crew, according to Rob Butcher, Reds vice president for media relations. The MLB game with Reds announcers, against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday March 24, also will be seen on Bally Sports Ohio.

WLW-AM will broadcast a majority (17) of 30 spring games — including the Reds’ second game on Sunday, Feb. 25 — as it works around commitments for University of Cincinnati and Xavier University basketball games. Weaker WSAI-AM will air 10 Reds games. There will be no broadcasts for the Reds’ three road split squad games.

All of the Reds radio broadcasts will be streamed by whatever station airs the game, says Dave "Yiddy" Armbruster, Reds radio producer-director and iHeartMedia's sports operations director. The Reds radio pregame show starts 30 minutes before the first pitch.

Day games will air at 3:05 p.m. Cincinnati time through Saturday March 9. Start time changes to 4:05 p.m. with Daylight Saving Time on March 10. Here’s the complete Reds spring schedule.

The Bally Sports telecasts:

Saturday Feb. 24: At Cleveland Guardians (Cleveland feed) 3:05 p.m. (WSAI-AM).

Monday Feb. 26: Seattle Mariners at Goodyear 3:05 p.m. (WSAI-AM).

Thursday March 14:  At Texas Rangers (Rangers feed), 9 p.m. (WSAI-AM).

Friday March 15: Kansas City Royals at Goodyear, 4:05 p.m. (WSAI-AM).

Tuesday, March 19: At LA Angels (Angels’ feed), 4:10 p.m. (WLW-AM).

Saturday March 23: Colorado Rockies at Goodyear, 4:05 p.m. (WLW-AM)

Sunday, March 24: Cleveland Guardians at Goodyear, 4:05 p.m. (WLW-AM).

The Reds’ live telecasts on MLB Network:

Thursday, Feb. 29: Los Angeles Dodgers at Goodyear (Dodgers feed), (8:05 p.m. (WLW-AM).

Thursday, March 7: Chicago Cubs at Goodyear (Cubs feed), 8:05 p.m. (WLW-AM).

Friday, March 8: At Los Angeles Dodgers (Dodgers feed), 8:06 p.m. (WLW-AM).

Tuesday, March 19: At LA Angels (Angels’ feed), 4:10 p.m. (WLW-AM).

Saturday, March 23: Colorado Rockies at Goodyear (Reds feed), 4:05 p.m. (WLW-AM)

The Reds regular season Opening Day is Thursday, March 28, with a 4:10 p.m. game against the Washington Nationals on WLW-AM and Bally Sports Ohio.

Retired WLW-AM morning host Jim Scott is grand marshal for the Opening Day parade.

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.