Tommy Thrall, who joined the Cincinnati Reds broadcast team this season, has been named the successor to Marty Brennaman, who called his final game with the team after 46 years in the radio booth.
Thrall called games this season when Brennaman was off and hosted the pre-game and post-game shows on iHeartMedia talk WLW Cincinnati (700) and the Reds Radio Network. He was brought up from his role with the Reds minor league team, where he had been calling games since 2012.
An official announcement from the team is forthcoming, but Brennaman himself shared the news during the post-game show of the Reds final home game on Thursday, Sept. 26. “You don’t replace somebody like Marty Brennaman,” Thrall told the Cincinnati Inquirer. “You may follow him. You may be the next guy. But you can’t replace him. He is going to be synonymous with this organization forever… All you can do is show up and do the best job you can do day in and day out. Be the best version of yourself and see where that leads.”
Thrall joins color analyst Jeff Brantley in his new game-day role. The two have called a number of games together this season, including the final away stand in Pittsburgh of the just-completed MLB season.