Cincinnati.com's got mp3s up for 6 people in the running to replace Joe Nuxhall in the radio booth with Marty.
Don't make the cut
Steve Stewart: Does radio for the Orioles - He just sounds too generic to me. There's nothing distinctive about his voice.
Joe Sunderman: Xavier basketball play-by-play - I get a generic vibe off him to. I'm not getting a sense of a persona behind his play calling.
I think connecting as a person and not just a voice is even more important than being good at calling the game and I just don't think Stewart or Sunderman have that.
Tracy Jones: Talk show host on WLW - I can't see him doing play by play. He seems too opinionated to call the game day in and day out. Much more suited to a discussion-type format.
Ok, but not quite
Dan Hoard: Fox 19 sports anchor and voice of UC sports - I like him, I really do, but I just don't think he's right for Reds baseball. I just don't think his play-by-play "fits".
I'd be happy with 'em
Chris Welsh: Works the Reds games on TV - He's probably the most like Joe in the way he speaks and calls the game. He'd be a worthy replacement for Joe. I wouldn't be at all upset if he moved from TV to the radio.
Jeff McCarragher: Play-by-play for the Norfolk Tides who employed Marty before he joined the Reds - I like this guy. You've never heard of him but I like the way he sounds. He doesn't sound white bread, he doesn't sound bland. I get the feeling there's a person behind his voice unlike Stewart and Sunderman. He's not as much like Joe as Welsh is, but it seems he'd bring an enthusiasm for it, that he really gets into the game. I really think he'd work well.