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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.

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will serve as grand marshal of the 100th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade this March 28. 

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Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson has died at age 83. A two-time MVP, Robinson was the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball, and he got his start in Cincinnati.

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Update 11:30 a.m. Thursday Jan. 31: This just in from Karen Forgus, Reds Senior Vice President of Business Operations, about Tommy Thrall's addition to the Reds Radio team:

“Tommy Thrall was added to our broadcast staff for 2019 as our 'utility' broadcaster. His duties will include hosting the Reds on Radio post-game show and producing stories and interviews for the radio pre-game show. Additionally, he will fill in on play-by-play for the games Marty is not working. We have no plans beyond 2019 at this time.”

Thrall is expected to do the postgame show starting with the Reds-Indians spring opener Saturday, Feb. 23. Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley will call the game.

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When you watch a biography of Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, you expect to see lots of World Series highlights available for years on DVD.

That's all part of BENCH, a terrific 90-minute MLB Network Presents film premiering 8 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 30 on the MLB Network. But the stars of the show are Bench, now 71, being a single father to sons Justin, 12, and Josh, 9, in their Florida home.

BENCH also will bring back a flood of memories for Big Red Machine fans with the sights and sounds from Riverfront Stadium, spring training, the Reds' dugout, and Bench's foray from behind the mask into the entertainment world with Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Hee Haw, David Letterman and his own TV show.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson - a lifelong Reds fan, spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about his favorite memories of  Marty Brennaman, the Hall of Famer and "Voice of The Reds," who announced Wednesday that 2019 will be his 46th and final season behind the microphone.

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From top left: AP; Julie Niesen; Courtesy; Tana Weingartner; Howard Wilkinson

Whirlwind news events don't just happen at the national level - local stories can also grab hold of our attention and refuse to let go.

There may be a free lunch but there is no such thing as a free bobblehead. That’s the gist of a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday that the Cincinnati Reds aren’t really giving away bobbleheads to fans, but selling them.  

At issue is whether the Reds have to pay Ohio’s use tax when it purchased bobblehead dolls to give away at games. 

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For a generation of younger Cincinnatians, the old Union Terminal seems like the perfect place for a couple of museums, exhibition space and the Cincinnati Historical Society.

But it wasn't always that way.

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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.

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Next year will be a big one for the Cincinnati Reds. 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the club, the first professional baseball team. The Reds announced a slew of visuals, activities, special uniforms, projects and giveaways to celebrate the anniversary Monday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

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And this one still belongs to the Reds!

Marty Brennaman's wife, Amanda, announced on her The Brennaman Report Facebook page  that Marty will return to the Reds Radio Network booth for a 46th season.

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The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is about to get its first major makeover since opening in 2004.

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Reds broadcaster Waite Hoyt, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as a player in 1969, is among eight finalists for the 2019 Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence.

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Cincinnati native David Bell met with the media Monday, a day after he was announced as the Cincinnati Reds' new manager, thanking his family for their support. "Thanks for being willing to move again," he said. "This time, we're moving home."

As the baseball playoffs continue, and the annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival takes place this Saturday, October 20, we take this time to revisit John Kiesewetter's conversation with Chad Dotson, co-author of The Big 50: Cincinnati Reds: The Men and Moments that Made the Cincinnati Reds.

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Will Marty Brennaman retire when the Reds season ends Sunday, Sept. 30? Is this his final week in the Reds Radio Network booth after 45 seasons?

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No two ways around it: I am getting old, with creaky joints and plenty of gray hair atop my head.

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Even for a third-generation Reds fan, it was an overwhelming task: Picking the 50 greatest seasons, players, games and personalities from 149 years of Cincinnati Reds' history.

"Fifty was an impossible task. We could have made this the Big 100 very easily," admits Chad Dotson, founder of the Redlegs Nation website and co-author of the new book, The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made The Cincinnati Reds.

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