Former Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman will be back behind the microphone soon in Greater Cincinnati. This time, he’ll be calling high school events via Chatterbox Sports.
The subscription-based service made the announcement Tuesday evening via Twitter. Chatterbox Sports broadcasts numerous high school events and also offers podcasts. Recently new University of Cincinnati basketball coach Wes Miller, UC women’s basketball coach Michele Clark-Heard and former UC quarterback Tony Pike have been featured guests on those podc.
Brennaman appeared at the end of the announcement.
“I’m so grateful and excited,” Brennaman said. “I grew up here in Greater Cincinnati. I know what high school football, high school basketball and high school sports mean to this area. This is what I was doing at Channel 5 when my career started. Here we are coming full circle getting back out to high school sports.”
Brennaman ended the announcement with a subtle reference to his 2020 misfortune saying, “by the way I think Castellanos just hit a home run to left.”
Brennaman resigned from his Fox Sports Ohio TV play-by-play job in September 2020 a month after he was suspended for using a homophobic slur on a live mic prior to cutting an open to a broadcast. He apologized later in the game when informed it went over the air.
He also wrote a letter that appeared in The Enquirer shortly thereafter.
Brennaman is a graduate of Anderson High School and Ohio University. He began his career at WLWT then began doing Reds games on TV with Hall of Famer Johnny Bench as his partner. From there his baseball career took him to the Cubs and WGN, then later to the Arizona Diamondbacks where he was their first announcer.
He returned to Cincinnati with his family in 2006 to do Reds games on TV.
At Fox Sports he did Major League Baseball, the NFL and college football, including Boise State’s famous Orange Bowl upset of Oklahoma. He later worked on the Big Ten Network in football. In between, he did a few seasons of college basketball, including the University of Cincinnati’s Final Four run in 1992 with Bob Huggins.
The son of Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman just watched his son play on a state championship lacrosse team with Mariemont.