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!

10 Responses

  1. Tom

    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.

  2. Steven Ross

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

    • magi210

      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.

  3. JR

    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.

  4. TR

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

  5. Tyler W.

    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!

  6. Ernest Howerton

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

  7. Ethan L

    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.

  8. bpbailey

    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.

  9. bmblue

    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.