History of Broadcasting Blog

Our blog commemorates the history of broadcasting from the Golden Age of Radio to the Early Days of Television. We cover the people and stations who made history especially those from the Cincinnati area.

Al Michaels and Joe Nuxhall broadcasting for the Cincinnat Reds

Al Michaels

May 19, 2013

In late 1970, after three years as primary Cincinnati Reds play-by-play announcer, Jim McIntyre returned to Indianapolis (he was sports director at WFBM-TV), leaving a vacancy in the radio booth of the newly christened Riverfront Stadium. The Reds had just won the Pennant and lost the World Series but was... Continue Reading »

Claude Sullivan, legendary Cincinnati Reds broadcaster

Claude Sullivan

May 13, 2013

There's no telling how long Claude Sullivan would have been the primary play-by-play announcer for the Cincinnati Reds. When he was hired by Burger to share the booth with Waite Hoyt in 1964, Sullivan was already widely known for his broadcasts of University of Kentucky basketball and football games. In... Continue Reading »

Lee Allen, legendary Cincinnati Reds broadcaster

Lee Allen

May 6, 2013

Not everyone has the good fortune of turning their hobby into a career, but Lee Allen did. Leland Gaither Allen was born in Cincinnati in 1915 and was a regular at old Redland Field as a boy, in part because his father was a lawyer and three term Congressman. The... Continue Reading »

Waite Hoyt, legendary Cincinnati Reds broadcaster

Waite Hoyt

April 28, 2013

When Waite Hoyt auditioned for a baseball announcing job at Cincinnati's WKRC Thanksgiving weekend 1941, he had already planned with his agent that he would spend only one or two years in the Queen City. Waite had retired a few years before from his (eventual) Hall of Fame pitching career... Continue Reading »

Roger Baker Cincinnati Reds broadcaster from

Roger Baker

April 22, 2013

In December 1938, popular Cincinnati Reds announcer Red Barber turned down an offer to remain in Cincinnati and headed east to broadcast for his old friend Branch Rickey and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Left with a hole to fill, WSAI/WLW conducted a national search for an announcer who could take Barber's... Continue Reading »

Dick Bray a Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Fans In The Stands promotion

Dick Bray

April 15, 2013

By the time Dick Bray got into sports broadcasting, he was already well known in the Cincinnati athletics community. Born in Hyde Park, a Cincinnati suburb, in 1903, Bray was a three-sport star at Xavier University. He played 2nd base for the Comello Clothiers 1928 National Amateur Championship baseball team,... Continue Reading »

Red Barber legendary Cincinnati Reds Broadcaster

Red Barber (1934-1966)

April 8, 2013

Walter Lanier Barber certainly knew about WLW before he became the Cincinnati Reds announcer in 1934. In fact, “Red” Barber had auditioned several times at the station that boomed into Gainesville, Florida, where he attended the University of Florida and somehow got a job reading news on the school's own... Continue Reading »

Harry Hartman, Cincinnati Reds announcer from 1931-1933 who coined the phrase "Going, Going Gone"

Harry Hartman (1931-1943)

April 1, 2013

It's sad to think that Cincinnati's first contribution to the world of baseball play-by-play broadcasting is largely forgotten, but in his day Harry Hartman was a giant in many ways. Hartman actually stumbled into broadcasting. The son of a Jewish immigrant tailor, young Harry was tabbed to follow his father... Continue Reading »

Cincinnati Reds logos throughout the years

Reds Broadcasting History

March 30, 2013

Update: June 12, 2013, our series focusing on great Cincinnati Reds broadcasters from Harry Hartman to Marty Brennaman has ended. Here are links to each biography: Reds Broadcasters: Harry Hartman Red Barber Dick Bray Roger Baker Waite Hoyt Lee Allen Claude Sullivan Al Michaels Joe Nuxhall Marty Brennaman Every spring... Continue Reading »

A photo from the set of WKRC's Quiz Bowl, a sports trivia radio program that ran in the 1940s

WKRC’s Quiz Bowl

March 26, 2013

Cincinnati radio listeners of the 1980s, '90s and '00s fondly remember the daily sports segment “Sports or Consequences” on Gary Burbank's WLW program. But did you know Cincinnati was a pioneer in sports quizzing on radio? Back in 1940, a year after the Taft family purchased WKRC, several sports' minded... Continue Reading »