CINCINNATI -- Astros television broadcaster Bill Brown celebrated his birthday Tuesday with the news that he had been elected as the 2011 inductee in to the Houston Medial Wall of Honor. Brown was selected as this year's inductee by a vote of season-credentialed media that cover Astros baseball.
Brown is the fifth person to be inducted into the Wall of Honor, joining media pioneer Anita Martini, who was the inaugural inductee in 2007; former Astros radio broadcaster Gene Elston, 2008; and former Houston Chronicle writers Neil Hohlfeld, 2009; and Mickey Herskowitz, 2010.
Brown will be honored in a pregame ceremony on Sept. 26, prior to the 7:05 p.m. Astros game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 2011 season marked Brown's 25th season as play-by-play television announcer for the Houston Astros. He joined the Astros in 1987 after working as senior producer and anchor of the Financial News Network's SCORE program.
Prior to that assignment, he was the sports director of the Sports Time Cable Network, which televised select Reds, Royals and Cardinals games. He spent one year with HSE in Pittsburgh and was the television voice of the Cincinnati Reds from 1976-82.
Brown, who began his broadcast career on radio at 18 years old, graduated from the University of Missouri in 1969 and became a U.S. Army broadcast specialist, working as a sportscaster for the Armed Forces Vietnam Network in Saigon from 1970-71. After leaving the service in 1971, Brown completed one semester of graduate school at Central Missouri State College in 1971 and then earned a job at WLWT-TV in Cincinnati.
The Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor each season inducts a current or former Houston media member who has made significant and lasting contributions to the landscape of Houston baseball through their work in journalism or broadcasting.