Cincinnati Reds

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The parade that precedes the first Cincinnati Reds game of 2018 will be different in two ways this year.

NBC Sports

Have you noticed the voice for women's hockey games on NBC's Winter Olympics games?

It's John Walton, former Cincinnati Reds public address announcer, radio voice of the old Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and a traffic/sports reporter for WLW-AM back in the late 1990s.

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If you've watched Northern Kentucky University basketball games on ESPN3 – or Cincinnati CW Channel 12.2 – you probably didn't know that NKU students are producing the telecasts.

Hixson Brothers Funeral Home

Organist Ronnie Dale, who entertained Reds fans for 14 years, died Dec. 31 at University of Cincinnati Hospital. He was 86.

You might have missed it: His obituary appeared in the Friday Jan. 5 Enquirer under his real name, Erwin Ronald "Ronnie" Grubb.

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As expected, the Reds will replace radio announcer Jim Kelch with an in-house move, adding Jim Day from Fox Sports Ohio's Reds TV team to the radio booth.

Jim Nolan / WVXU

If you are what we euphemistically like to call a "veteran" Reds fan, you no doubt remember watching the sixth game of the 1975 World Series between the Big Red Machine and the Boston Red Sox.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Even though the Cincinnati Reds finished 2017 with one of the worst records in Major League Baseball, at 68-94, fans filled Redsfest dreaming of the day the team will be back on top.

Gray History of Wireless Museum

On this day 70 years ago: The first professional basketball game was televised in Cincinnati on W8XCT, Crosley Broadcasting's experimental TV station which became WLWT-TV in February 1948.

John Kiesewetter

The Reds are preparing for life after Marty Brennaman, which won't include Jim Kelch.

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The "Reds Hot Stove League" call-in show returns for the off-season at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, after years of airing Tuesday nights on WLW-AM (700).

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And this one belongs to The Big One!, even though WLW-AM doesn't call itself "The Big One" any more.

Phil Castellini, Reds chief operating officer, announced on WLW-AM's Bill Cunningham show Wednesday a five-year renewal of the team's radio rights through 2022.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade will not be on Opening Day next year. Chairman Neil Luken says the market voted to hold it the Monday after the Thursday opening day game because it would be bad for their Easter business.

Marty Brennaman
John Kiesewetter / WVXU

Great news at the end of another lousy Reds season: Marty Brennaman will return to the Reds Radio booth for a 45th season in 2018.

Brennaman, 75, last year signed just a one-year deal after having multiple-year contracts since 1974.

Jim Nolan / WVXU

Ed. note: Tales from the Trail is a column that will take you behind the scenes of politics to see some of the funny, and sometimes outright bizarre things that happen on the campaign trail, based on Howard Wilkinson's recollections of 43 years of covering politics. 

Charles P. Taft II – better known to generations of Cincinnati voters as "Charlie" – is a Cincinnati politician I never knew; he passed away in 1983, the year after I arrived in Cincinnati as an Enquirer reporter. I was one of two Enquirer reporters assigned to write his obituary. 

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This week Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced he would not seek a third trial for Ray Tensing in the shooting death of Sam DuBose, but Tensing could face federal civil rights violation charges. Maintenance work on the Brent Spence Bridge continues to cause traffic delays and headaches for commuters, and even some diehard Reds fans are losing patience with the team.

John Kiesewetter

DVR Alert! Fox Sports Ohio will repeat Scooter Gennett's historic four home-run night and two other Reds games over the All-Star Break.

Gennett set a Reds record June 6 when he became only the 17th person in Major League Baseball history to hit four homers in one game in a 13-1 blow-out against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Topps

Fifty years ago today, Tony Perez hit the game-winning home run in the 38th All-Star Game in Anaheim Stadium off Catfish Hunter for the National League's 2-1 victory on July 11, 1967.

Perez, 25, in his third full season with the Reds, was named the All-Star Game MVP.

WLWT-TV

Maybe you've heard her on the national "Bob & Tom" radio show, or seen her at NBA Indiana Pacers games in Indianapolis. Soon you'll see Vanessa Richardson on WLWT-TV's "News 5 Today."

John Kiesewetter

When Pete Rose and the Big Red Machine returned to Great American Ball Park Saturday, so did public address announcer Joe Zerhusen.

John Kiesewetter

It's official: Howard Wilkinson will be honored in Columbus as one of the best Ohio politics reporters today -- which I've known since we worked together on The Post student newspaper at Ohio University 40+ years ago.

But he's much more than that. He's one of the best storytellers I've ever read -- on practically any subject.  

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