Sunday, June 04, 2000

SPORTS ON TV-RADIO


Reds games will have guest voices

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        There will be a lot of unfamiliar voices calling Reds games in late July.

        That's because WLW-AM (700) play-by-play man Marty Brennaman is being inducted into the Hall of Fame July 23. That means he's gone. His partner, Joe Nuxhall, is also taking off to attend the festivities.

        George Grande, the play-by-play man on Fox Sports Net, also will miss broadcasts Friday and Sunday. He's the master of ceremonies at Hall of Fame weekend.

        So who's going to do the Reds-Arizona series?

        Dan Hoard, the Channel 19 weekend anchor, will sub for Brennaman. Nuxhall's replacement is secret for now.

        “I can't tell you yet,” Reds chief operating officer John Allen said. “We're still working on it.”

        The idea of using several different people with Hoard was considered. But the problem with that is Nuxhall does some play-by-play. That's not the kind of thing someone with no experience can sit down and do.

        John Sanders will fill in for Grande on Fox Sports Net. Sanders does the Indians for FSN.

        MORE HOARD: The fate of Hoard is in the hands of corporate folks at Channel 19 and Clear Channel.

        Channel 19 would like to work it out so Hoard can do the University of Cincinnati football and basketball games on WLW and remain the weekend sports anchor at WXIX.

        Clear Channel doesn't like to have anchors from stations that compete with Channel 12, which it owns, doing work on WLW. That's one of the reasons Brad Johansen will be doing Bengals games on WLW and Ken Broo won't.

        If Hoard has to choose between the radio gig and staying at 19, look for him to go to radio.

        His contract with 19 has an out in it to take a major-league baseball job. The question is: Is replacing Brennaman for three games a baseball job?

        PICK BENGALS: Jeff Piecoro will do the pre- and postgame shows on the Bengals broadcasts on WCKY-AM (1360) and WOFX-FM (92.5).

        The show will be a marathon. It will start at 9 a.m. and run until game time. Then it will run to 7 p.m. after the game.

        “For home games, we're going to do it from the plaza at the stadium,” Piecoro said. “We'll have a live mic for fans to ask questions. It should be pretty cool.”

        For road games, the show will be in the studio.

        THE BIG TIME: Jim Rome's Tour Stop Saturday in Cleveland will be shown on Fox Sports Net on tape delay. Rome is hoping to draw more than 17,000 to the outdoor arena.

        Reds pitcher Denny Neagle, who did an hour with Rome in studio when the Reds were in Los Angeles, is among the athletes scheduled to appear. With the Reds playing in Cleveland that afternoon, Rome's people will try to get a few more Reds.

        MAKING A PITCH: If it ever wondered if low-scoring baseball could keep the fans interest, baseball's braintrust (is that an oxymoron?) only need look at last Sunday's Red Sox-Yankees game on ESPN. With Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens taking a scoreless game into the ninth, you had drama you don't see in 9-8 games.

       



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