Thom Brennaman

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Full Name Thom Brennaman
Age 57 Years Old
Nick Name Thom
Gender Male
Famous As Sportscaster
Birth Date September 12th, 1963
Birth Place Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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About Thom Brennaman

Thom Brennaman, born Thom Brennaman is an American television sportscaster. He is the son of Marty Brennaman who is a former Cincinnati Reds radio sportscaster, retired in 2019. His father was the legendary play-by-play voice of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds on the Cincinnati Reds Radio Network from 1974 until his retirement in 2019. Following the footsteps of his father, he pursued a broadcasting career as a sportscaster. He has been broadcasting for the Cincinnati Reds full time since 2010. He is also Fox's full-time announcer. 

Brennaman received extreme criticism after he used the anti-gay slur on air during the game between the Reds and the Kansas City Royals on 19 August 2020. In response, the Reds suspended Brennaman from broadcasting. 

Thom Brennaman was born as Thomas Wade Brennaman on 12 September 1963. He was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in the United States. He holds an American nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. He was born to a father, Marty Brennaman, and a mother, Brenda Dickey. His father, Marty Brennaman is a legendary broadcaster who spent the majority of his career as the play-by-play voice of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds on the Cincinnati Reds Radio Network from 1974 until his retirement in 2019. He has a brother named Dawn Brennaman. His star sign is Virgo. 

Brennaman attended Anderson High School, Cincinnati. After graduating from high school, he attended Ohio University, where he graduated in 1986. He was president of the Beta Kappa chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. While in college, he was uncertain of following the footsteps of his father in the broadcasting career. He eventually pursued a broadcasting career.

Brennaman has an average height and average weight. He has an average body build and has maintained his body well. His eye color is dark brown and his hair is grey. His sexual orientation is straight. 

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What did Thom Brennaman Say?

Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman made headlines in August 2020 after he used anti-gay slur on air. For his comments, the Reds immediately suspended Brennaman. On 19 August 2020, during the first game of a home doubleheader between the Reds and the Kansas City Royals, he was caught on a hot mic referring to an undisclosed location as "one of the f*g capitals of the world" while providing commentary. He later apologized and was taken off air during the second game of the doubleheader. He made a formal apology where he stated, 

"I made a comment earlier tonight that I guess went out over the air that I am deeply ashamed of...If I have hurt anyone out there, I can't tell you how much I say from the bottom of my heart I'm so very, very sorry. I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith....I don't know if I'm going to be putting on this headset again," Brennaman said. "I don't know if it's going to be for the Reds. I don't know if it's going to be for my bosses at Fox...I want to apologize for the people who sign my paycheck, for the Reds, for Fox Sports Ohio, for the people I work with. For anybody that I've offended here tonight, I can't begin to tell you how deeply sorry I am....That is not who I am and never has been, and I'd like to think maybe I could have some people that can back that up. I am very, very sorry and I beg for your forgiveness."

Steinlight Media released a second apology on Brennaman's behalf early Thursday morning saying, "I would like to sincerely apologize for the inappropriate comments I made during last night's telecast. I made a terrible mistake. To the LGBTQ community, and all people I have hurt or offended, from the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry. I respectfully ask for your grace and forgiveness."

The Reds suspended him from doing broadcasts that day. They issued an official statement which wrote, 

"Late Wednesday night, the Cincinnati Reds released an official statement regarding the incident, saying Brennaman has been suspended from doing Reds broadcasts:

"The Cincinnati Reds organization is devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark made this evening by broadcaster Thom Brennaman. He was pulled off the air, and effective immediately was suspended from doing Reds broadcasts. We will be addressing our broadcasting team in the coming days. In no way does this incident represent our players, coaches, organization, or our fans. We share our sincerest apologies to the LGBTQ+ community in Cincinnati, Kansas City, all across this country, and beyond. The Reds embrace a zero-tolerance policy for bias or discrimination of any kind, and we are truly sorry to anyone who has been offended."

Brennaman also works for Fox Sports. Following the Reds' decision to suspend Brennaman, Fox Sports Ohio supported the Reds' decision to suspend Brennaman and tweeted: "The language that Thom Brennaman used this evening is hateful, offensive, and in no way reflects the values of FOX Sports Ohio. We agree with the @Reds decision to suspend him until further notice."

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  • While a student at Ohio University, Brennaman joined the station, WATH. After graduating from Ohio, he joined WLWT-TV in Cincinnati as a sports reporter/anchor. WLWT-TV is an NBC affiliate station.  
  • Around the same time, he also started working as the television play-by-play announcer for the Cincinnati Reds. 
  • He did Chicago Cubs broadcasts for WGN-TV and its national superstation feed in the early 1990s.
  • Fox Sports hired Brennaman to call the network's NFL and MLB telecasts in 1994. 
  • He also called college football and college basketball for Fox. 
  • Fox named Brennaman the lead play-by-play announcer for the Bowl Championship Series in 2006. 
  • He returned to Fox as a full-time in 2009. 
  • He had previously worked for Fox as a regular and/or fill-in announcer from 1994 to 1997, 1999 to 2000, and 2004 to 2008.
  • He was the voice of the Cotton Bowl Classic on Fox from 2000 to 2006. 
  • He has also done college basketball announcing for CBS Radio and Fox Sports Net cable.
  • He called the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, 2008 Sugar Bowl, 2009 Orange Bowl, and the 2011 Pro Bowl.
  • He was named the lead play-by-play announcer for college football games for two seasons by the Big Ten Network in September 2007. 
  • He served as the first television voice for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1998 to 2006. 
  • Along with Brian Billick, Laura Okmin, and Chris Myers, he called the 2012 NFC Divisional Playoff matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons.
  • He left Diamondbacks after the 2006 season to join his father Marty in Cincinnati.
  • Brennaman was hired to announce 45 Reds games on FS Ohio television and 45 games on the Cincinnati Reds Radio Network through the 2010 season.

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Who is Thom Brennaman Wife?

Not much detail about Thom Brennaman's personal life is available at present. He is a married man and is married to Polly Brennaman. It is not known when they got married. The couple has two children together: Ella Mae and Luke Brennaman. Any more information about his personal life will be updated soon. 

How much is Thom Brennaman Worth?

Sportscaster Thom Brennaman makes major of his income from his broadcasting career. He has been associated with Cincinnati Reds from his early career. He also works full-time for Fox Sports. He followed the footsteps of his father as a sportscaster, who was the play-by-play voice of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds on the Cincinnati Reds Radio Network from 1974 until his retirement in 2019.

He has been in the sports broadcasting industry since his college years. His major income comes from his broadcasting career. Annually, he reportedly makes between $300,000 and $500,000 as a salary. He has made a decent fortune from his career as a broadcaster. He has an estimated net worth of $2 million.