The Reds announced a familiar name will be joining the radio broadcast team:

The Reds have added veteran broadcaster Jim Day to the Reds on Radio broadcast team.

In addition to continuing as part of the FOX Sports Ohio broadcast lineup, Day will cover Reds on Radio play-by-play duties during Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman’s off days, will join Brennaman in the booth when Jeff Brantley moves to the television broadcast and will contribute content for the pre- and post-game radio shows.

“The Reds broadcasters are the faces and voices of our franchise. We work very closely with FOX Sports Ohio in managing our broadcast talent, sharing announcers between radio and television,” said Reds President and Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini. “Adding Jim Day as our fill-in for radio play-by-play brings familiarity and credibility to the booth, while simplifying the mix of talent for our fans.”

Brennaman said, “I have always enjoyed working with Jim, and I know our fans on radio will enjoy listening to him as well.”

The 2018 season will be Day’s 17th as a host of FOX Sports Ohio’s Emmy Award-winning pre-game show, Reds Live, and his 15th season behind the mic of the Reds Live post-game show. In each of the last 7 seasons, Day filled in as a TV play-by-play commentator during game broadcasts. He is a 29-year veteran of the sports broadcasting industry.

I don’t know how Day will do on radio, but I look forward to finding out. He has been surprisingly great on the occasions that he has filled in on the television broadcast. Those skills don’t necessarily translate to radio, but there’s no reason to believe that he won’t be competent.

Congrats, Jim!

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  1. Last summer I worked every Sunday, getting off work at 3PM. I heard JD doing radio several weeks when I came out of work and turned on the car radio to get caught up on the game. I thought he was pretty good in this limited sample.

  2. Jim Day is like your high school buddy that’s lands a broadcasting job. He’s sneaky funny and I think that even though he lacks a distinct or smooth radio voice, he makes up for it in his chemistry with the other broadcasters. And now, he’s your Radio Guy.

  3. I wonder what that means, if anything, for Jim Kelch. Is he only a TV backup for Thom now? And/or George Grande?

    • Oh, the Reds cut ties with Kelch. I guess I missed that. Too bad, I thought he did a good job.

      • Ahh! They let go of Kelch? Dang it.

        • I agree. I’ll hate to see Kelch gone, he was very good at play by play.

          • A lot of people really seemed to dislike him. I don’t get it. I thought he was a good play-by-play announcer too. I love Jim Day. He’s one of the nicest guys on the planet and his play-by-play has improved dramatically, even during the course of last year. I was hoping they’d be limiting some of Marty’s travel days but apparently, Kelch was the odd man out.

    • I’m sure the “great” George Grande will be around to call the “Buccos” games.

      • I used to work for the Louisville Redbirds when Kelch was a broadcaster for the AAA franchise, didn’t care for him then. Glad to see Day getting a shot with the team.

  4. Agree. Kelch never did much for me, even over a period of time. Jim Day’s probably the “safe” choice right now. Reds fans are familiar with him.I’m willing to give him a shot.

  5. I wish Jim Day success in his radio work. His personality comes across very positive on TV.

  6. Jim Day is one of my favorite broadcasters because he possesses a certain genuineness of character and affection for the Reds. I recently re-watched the 2010 celebration of the division championship and Jim Day is getting ready to cut to the commercial break when, with obvious joy in his voice, he exclaims “I think I’m gonna cry!!”. For me, that encapsulates both Jim Day as a broadcaster and a fan of the team. I for one hope he is in Cincinnati for years to come!

  7. Great for Jim Day. He deserves this kind of an opportunity. Kelch wasn’t bad though.
    When the Reds announced that Kelch wasn’t going to be renewed, there were some comments by people that wished him well. I remember that Marty’s comments seemed very bland at the time. He has glowing remarks about Jim Day though.
    Kelch out. Day in. There are more than likely a lot of Marty’s fingerprints on what transpired here.
    Good luck Jim Day.

  8. I think Day is certainly the fans choice,Kelch constantly made errors as he was doing games.

  9. Will he be Marty’s heir apparent? Give him 1-2 years in the booth. Then Marty retires. Boom! Day is ready to be the next Marty.

    • I don’t think JD is seen as a possible replacement for Marty. He’s a placeholder while they work that out. Witness that he is maintaining his FSOH duties. When the time comes, all things be equal JD simply goes back to day job.

      I’m wondering what all of this means for Thom. Is he going to pick up all of Kelch’s TV time or as some suggested here, will we be seeing more of George Grande. Also how much if any will Brantley continue to cross over onto the TV side?

  10. God forbid he becomes the “next Marty”. He needs to stay the “current Jim”. I listened to Marty in my youth and loved him, but I have grown to loath him in his negative elder years.

    • I grew up listening to Marty and Joe call games, but I think it is well past time for Marty to retire.

  11. Marty is a gem. I think the current set up where marty takes every other inning off is perfect. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says, but he is still great.

    Jim Day is a try-hard, his schtick makes me want to change the channel. Terrible news.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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