Thursday, November 24, 2011

On this Day in Reds History: Team Hires Legenday Announcer

November 24th, 1970 - The club finds a lead announcer to go alongside Joe Nuxhall as they hire 26-year old Al Michaels for the club's radio broadcasts. He replaced Jim McIntyre who spent the last five years with the organization.

This is an excerpt taken from a book I highly recommend to any Reds fan called Redleg Journal, which is co-authored by Greg Rhodes and John Snyer:

"From 1968 through 1970, Michaels did play-by-play for the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League. He also worked in Hollywood, picking the young women to appear on TV's "The Dating Game". Michaels remained in Cincinnati for three seasons. In 1974, he moved to San Francisco to do play-by-play for the Giants, and soon moved on to network television with ABC. Many rumors had Harry Caray coming to Cincinnati as McIntyre's replacement."

Since his time with the Reds, Michaels has went on to call multiple sporting events including countless Monday Night Football games, Super Bowls, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cups, Kentucky Derby's, college football affairs, and the Winter Olympics, among others.

Interestingly enough, the man who replaced Michaels in '74 stills holds the same position today - Marty Brennaman - who will be entering his 39th season as the voice of the Redlegs in 2012. All told, the franchise has had no shortage of on-air talent in several decades.

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