Richard "Red" Skelton a beloved comedian from the golden days of radio

Richard “Red” Skelton

July 18, 2013

100 years ago today (July 18th), Richard “Red” Skelton was born in Vincennes, Indiana. For many he occupies a niche of fond memories and sweet smiles. His television variety program in the 1960s was a must-see, weekly event in many households. How many remember, with glassy eyes, his closing comment... Continue Reading »

Roma Wine ad featuring Lucille Ball

Whatever happened to Roma Wines?

July 1, 2013

Fans of Mystery Playhouse and Suspense are no strangers to the sponsor Roma Wines. Have you ever wondered what became of Roma Wines? Schenley (the makers of Roma) were the sponsor of Suspense from December 02, 1943 to November 20, 1947. The familiar ads during Suspense boasted that the wine... Continue Reading »

Marty Brennaman the legendary Cincinnati Reds broadcaster and winner of many broadcasting awards

Marty Brennaman

June 11, 2013

Our springtime look at Cincinnati Reds radio announcers of the past concludes with the longest tenured announcer—Marty Brennaman. Franchester Martin Brennaman was born in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1942. After graduating from the University of North Carolina in the mid-1960s, Brennaman got into broadcasting sports, including the 1970 Virginia Squires of... Continue Reading »

Joe Nuxhall, one half of the most famous Reds broascasting team of Marty and Joe

Joe Nuxhall

June 1, 2013

To say Joe Nuxhall is one of the most famous individuals ever affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds is an understatement. “Nuxy” was one of those personalities who enjoyed overwhelming popularity. That popularity seemed to increase as the years passed, even beyond his death November 15, 2007 at the age of... Continue Reading »

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 »