By Nathan Hutchinson
Register staff report
Cincinnati Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman will be the featured speaker at the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team’s 12th annual Diamond Dinner Feb. 1 in the Keen Johnson Building.
A reception will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will start at 6:30 pm. in the Keen Johnson ballroom.
The dinner is open to the public. Individual dinner tickets are $50 each and a table of eight is $350. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact EKU Baseball Coach Jason Stein at 859-622-2128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 season will Brennaman’s 49th year as a broadcaster and his 4oth year in Cincinnati. He joined the Reds radio team in 1974 and for 31 season shared the 700 WLW Radio booth with Reds Hall of Fame pitcher Joe Nuxhall.
Brennaman has been named the Ohio Sportscaster of the Year 16 times, most recently in 2009.
“To have Marty speak at our annual Diamond Dinner is such an honor,” Stein said. “Not only is Marty known around the world for his broadcasting talent, he is a huge part of the life of many baseball fans in this region of the country. Marty’s voice has brought baseball into the lives of baseball fans, including myself, for 40 years.”
Brennaman received the Ford C. Frick Award on July 23, 2000, in ceremonies at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The award is presented each year by the Hall of Fame to a broadcaster “for major contributions to the game of baseball.”
Brennaman, Red Barber (WSAI, 1934-38) and Russ Hodges (WFBE, 1932) are the only Reds announcers ever to receive the Hall of Fame’s prestigious broadcasting award.
On May 2, 2005 Brennaman was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.