My first love was baseball....more specifically, The Cincinnati Reds. After moving from my hometown of Cincinnati to Cumberland,Md in 1970 it was harder to follow the Red Machine.
We moved to the Huntington area in 1976 and immediately my radio became glued to WGNT AM. My new favorite voices were Marty Brennaman and the ol' lefthander Joe Nuxhall. I listened to those guys almost every Summer night for the rest of the 70s. Countless times I heard Marty exclaim "And this one belongs to the Reds."
Joe passed in 2007 but Marty soldiered on...until his last game...today. In the 80s, my loves became music and beer, but I'd still flip on the game on my way home from work. Football became my favorite sport in the 90s, but I'd put the radio on AM every now and then and check on the guys.
In 2003, I took a job on the road and travelled over 750,000 the next decade. I began listening to Marty again as I drove at nights. I admit I haven't listened to the Reds much the last few years...but I am nostalgic about Marty's last game. Younger residents are thinking 'this ain't about Huntington.' But if you were around in the 70s, you know Huntington was Reds country. I believe Marty lives in Ashland, Ky now...so maybe we will see him at The WalMart lol....but I hope he gets to say "And this one belongs to The Reds" on the air one more time today. Thanks for the memories Marty!
Marty calls Pete Rose's 4192 hit
Interview with Marty 2013