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Martin Reid Klingman….
known professionally as Marty Reid, is an American television sportscaster who worked for ESPN from 1982 to 2013, covering motorsports for the network. Marty served as the network’s lead for IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500.
Marty first dabbled in radio when his older brother, a disc jockey, needed another voice for a radio ad In the following years, Reid worked on his sportscasting by calling Hershey Bears games into a tape recorder.
As Marty developed, he gained the opportunity to call Marietta College athletics while a student there. Upon graduation, he joined WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio in 1975. Among his duties were announcing Ohio State University hockey and Columbus Clippers telecasts. After turning down an opportunity to leave Columbus and call Charleston Charlies games, Reid—a former drag racing mechanic—had the opportunity to substitute on an NHRA telecast for ESPN.
In 1988, he started Marty Reid Enterprises, a video production company that worked closely with ESPN. He founded the short course off-road racing series Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) in 1997 and sold it to Jim Baldwin in 2005.
Concurrently, Reid commentated off-road racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and IMSA for ESPN, while also making appearances as a pit reporter on Formula One, CART, and lower division NASCAR broadcasts. Despite a hectic schedule, Reid did call one NHL game for ESPN in 1993, Los Angeles vs. Ottawa. Reid also found the time to serve as a spotter for Fermín Vélez and Team Scandia in the 1997 Indianapolis 500.
In 1998, the utility player Reid was rewarded with the play-by-play role for ESPN’s coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Marty held this role through 2000, working alongside Benny Parsons, Jeremy Dale, Larry Rice, and others. As needed, Reid would also fill-in on NASCAR Busch Series telecasts with the cable network, where he was partnered with Ned Jarrett and again with Dale.
Reid then returned to his drag racing roots as the lead TV announcer for the NHRA on ESPN from 2001 to 2006. Also in 2001, Reid debuted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, calling time trials as a fill-in for Bob Jenkins during ESPN’s extensive coverage.