Former Salisbury broadcast legend and voice of the Cincinnati Reds to retire

Former Salisbury broadcast legend and voice of the Cincinnati Reds to retire
Marty Brennaman came to Salisbury to speak at the Catawba College First Pitch Dinner in 2016. (from left, David Whisenant, Brennaman, Jay Baker)

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Former Salisbury sportscaster and longtime voice of the Cincinnati Reds, Marty Brennaman, has announced his retirement, saying that 2019 will be his last year with the Reds.

According to United Press International, Brennaman, 76, posted an emotional video to his Twitter page on Wednesday. Brennaman has been the lead announcer for the Reds since taking over from Al Michaels in 1976.

He was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 2005.

“You probably know by now, but if you don’t, I’m going to lay something on you that I didn’t realize would occur today,” Brennaman said in the video. “But after a lot of thought, I announced earlier today that after 46 years, after the completion of the 2019 baseball season, I’m retiring as a broadcaster with the Cincinnati Reds.”

“To say that it’s been an incredible ride ... that’s what it has been. You folks have had a lot to do with it. You accepted me as one of your own many years ago, back in 1974. I feel like I’ve had a love affair that has gone through four and a half decades because you all have been so good to me. I felt like you need to know from the man himself and that’s me ... That nobody can love you as much as I do. I’m going to miss a lot of things, but you folks are going to be right there at the top of the list. Thank you very much.”

Brennaman spent several years broadcasting local sports on WSTP-AM 1490 in Salisbury. He may have been best known for his play-by-play coverage of the Rowan County American Legion Baseball team.

In 2016 Brennaman came back to Salisbury to serve as the keynote speaker for the Catawba College baseball program’s First Pitch Dinner.

Brennaman is the father of Fox sportscaster Thom Brennaman.

Copyright 2019 WBTV. All rights reserved.