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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

Get To Know Tommy Thrall, Reds New Radio Announcer

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Courtesy Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Pensacola play-by-play announcer Tommy Thrall joins the Reds Radio booth in 2019.

Sports broadcaster Tommy Thrall has been the voice of the Reds' Pensacola Blue Wahoos AA team for the last seven years. This month, he begins announcing games for the Reds with Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley.

Thrall is scheduled to do play-by-play with Brantley for the Reds-White Sox spring training game in Phoenix, Ariz., on Wednesday, February 27.

Tommy Thrall (@tommythrall) joins Cincinnati Edition, along with WVXU Radio and TV writer John Kiesewetter (@TVKiese); and WVXU Senior Political Analyst and resident baseball expert Howard Wilkinson (@howardwilkinson), to discuss his career and his expectations for the 2019 season in the Reds Radio booth.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.