Marty Brennaman is more than just a baseball announcer for the Cincinnati Reds. He's a local legend.

Brennaman worked in radio before being selected from more than 200 applicants to succeed Al Michaels as the voice of the Reds. He paired with Reds pitcher Joe Nuxhall in 1974 to begin calling Reds games on WLW, and in his second game, devised his signature line: "And this one belongs to the Reds!"

He currently lives in Anderson township with his wife, Sherri. Their children include Ashley, Dawn and "” of course "” Thom.
Now that he's teaming with Thom in the broadcast booth, and as he approaches what some consider retirement age (he'll turn 65 in July), Cincy Business sat down with him for a heart-to-heart chat about his hopes and dreams, and the business behind the broadcast booth:
What no one knows about you: "In high school, I thought I wanted to be a professional actor. Then I met some starving actors, and that was that."

Is there a secret to play-by-play?: "Until the batter steps to the plate, you can't do anything but ad lib. I think each of us is born with an affinity, an aptitude. I knew I didn't want to be a lawyer [his mother's goal]. I didn't want to be a sportscaster at 6 and 11 p.m. nightly. I wanted to broadcast ballgames."

Your biggest career achievement: "To be in my 34th year of broadcasting the Reds. ... You can count on one hand the number of broadcasters who have been lucky enough to work for one team and one team only their entire career. There's nobody on Earth who has a better job than I do."

You're looking forward to: "To one day retiring from the same team I started out with. Retirement is certainly not on my mind right now. But the day will come when I go to the people I work for and say 'I don't want to travel anymore, I just want to do home games.' "

And after that?: "I really truly believe there is life after baseball. I want to go to the Masters golf tournament, the Kentucky Derby, the Indy 500. I want to play golf around the world. The things I haven't been able to do."