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Billy Reed: Remembering Al Michaels and other icons of sports broadcasting (including Claude Sullivan)

During a recent Facetime conversation with my granddaughters Caroline and Lucy, they surprised me by asking if I knew Al Michaels. They had recently watched the movie about the U.S. hockey team’s historic upset of the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics, the game for which Al always will be remembered. Hockey was hardly his main sport. In fact, ABC gave him the job only because he was their...

Ashland enjoys connection with Cincinnati Reds broadcasting great Marty Brennaman

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today For the last dozen years of Marty Brennaman’s broadcasting career with the Cincinnati Reds, those of us living in Ashland were blessed with a unique view. That’s because Marty’s girlfriend and later wife, Amanda Ingram Brennaman, shared him with us. Amanda is an Ashland girl and her parents and sister are still here. Her family was with the rest during the celebration...

Keith Taylor: With Marty Brennaman set to retire, it’s hard to imagine listening to the Reds without him

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today I can’t remember the first time I heard Marty Brennaman on the radio. He’s been calling Cincinnati Reds baseball games almost all of my life and is among the best in the business. He will finish his 46th season next month and bid farewell to the booth. That’s a lot of baseball, not to mention a ton of memories. I remember when I was young, I began listening to Reds...

NASCAR week at Kentucky Speedway features nonstop action, capped off by the Quaker State 400

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor It’s NASCAR week in Northern Kentucky and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta has a full slate of activities planned for its signature Tripleheader Weekend. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Quaker State 400, presented by Walmart, is always a key stop in the race for the chase and this year is no exception. Martin Truex Jr. celebrates on top of the No....