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Thomas Wade "Thom" Brennaman (born September 12, 1963) is an Americanmarker sportscaster, and the son of current Cincinnati Reds radio sportscaster Marty Brennaman.

Biography

Broadcasting career

After graduating from Anderson High School and Ohio Universitymarker, where he was a member and later president of the Beta Kappa Chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Brennaman called play-by-play for the Cincinnati Reds (along with his father) in the late 1980s. In the early 1990s he did Chicago Cubs broadcasts, and in 1994 he was hired by Fox Sports to call the network's National Football League and Major League Baseball telecasts. He served as the first television voice for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and left after the 2006 season to join his father Marty in Cincinnati.

In 2006, Brennaman was appointed as Fox's lead play-by-play announcer for the Bowl Championship Series. In addition to calling the BCS National Championship Game, Brennaman called the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. On both broadcasts, Brennaman worked with former University of Wisconsin–Madison head coach Barry Alvarez (only in 2007), and former University of Tennessee defensive back and current broadcaster Charles Davis.[150325] Brennaman also called the 2008 Sugar Bowl. He would also call the 2009 Orange Bowl.

Print and internet editorials criticized Brennaman for taking an inappropriate tone regarding Tim Tebow's character during the 2009 BCS Championship game.[150326][150327]

Additionally, the Big Ten Network named Brennaman as their lead play-by-play announcer for college football games beginning in September 2007.[150328]

Prior to that, Brennaman had been the voice of the Cotton Bowl Classic on Fox from 2000 to 2006.

His signature pet phrase is Can you believe it?!, which became famous following the end of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl between Oklahoma and Boise State.

Move to the Cincinnati Reds

On October 3, 2006, the Cincinnati Reds owner, Robert Castellini announced that Thom has signed a contract through the 2010 season to announce 45 Reds games on FS Ohio television and 45 games on the Cincinnati Reds Radio Networkmarker, flagship station being 700 WLWmarker. His father's contract with the Reds is set to expire after the 2010 season and Marty has said that he wishes to retire following the 2010 season. In exchange for allowing Thom to break his contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Reds agreed to travel from Florida to Phoenix to play a series of exhibition games at the end of spring training, beginning in 2008 (this is in addition to the usual, regularly scheduled National League road games the Reds will play at Chase Fieldmarker during the regular season; the Reds have since announced plans to switch to the Cactus League for spring training and will begin training in Goodyear, Arizonamarker in 2010).

Other ventures

Brennaman also performed play-by-play announcing for Microsoft Baseball 2001 for PC, All-Star Baseball 2002 with Bob Brenly, and All-Star Baseball 2003-2005 with Steve Lyons for Gamecube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox during the ballgame. He has also done college basketball announcing for CBS Radio and Fox Sports Net cable.

Brennaman commentated on the BBC's highlights coverage of the Miami Dolphins vs. New York Giants match at Wembley Stadiummarker on October 28, 2007 with Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa.

Brennaman has filled in for Joe Buck on the #1 announce team for Fox NFL while Buck covers the World Series for the network. (Oct 2009).

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