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Dave Otto & Keith Moreland Finalists to Replace Ron Santo in WGN Cubs Radio Booth Alongside Pat Hughes — Wrigley Field 2/1/11

Posted on 01 February 2011 by Lou

WGN Radio has announced that Dave Otto and Keith Moreland are the 2 finalists to replace Cubs legend Ron Santo in the radio booth along side Pat Hughes for all Cubs games.  Both Otto and Moreland are former Cubs players.

Otto has already played a role with WGN Radio over the last few seasons, filling in for Santo when he has not traveled with the team on road trips or when he has had to miss games because of illness.

Moreland has subbed for Bob Brenly on TV broadcasts when he has gone on vacation.

My pick is Otto.  I think he adds a great touch on the radio in broadcasts to which I have already listened in the past.  He has a lot of good insight and as a former pitcher, he offers a unique way of looking at the game.

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Cubs Television Broadcast Schedule Unveiled

Posted on 06 February 2010 by Lou

The Chicago Cubs have announced the television broadcast schedule for the 2010 MLB season.  WCIU will carry the Cubs season opener against the Braves in Atlanta on April 5th.  WGN will carry the Cubs home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on April 12th.  WGN has broadcast Cubs games since 1948 and will broadcast the most Cubs games again in 2010 – at least 58 right now, with the potential to go ub to 64 if ESPN and FOX don’t pick up certain Saturday and Sunday games at the Friendly Confines.

FOX tentatively has the Cubs slated for 8 games in 2010 – 4 home games at Wrigley Field against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 29th, the Chicago White Sox on June 12th, the Atlanta Braves on August 21st and the New York Mets on September 4th & 4 road games at the Texas Rangers on May 22nd, at the Chicago White Sox on June 26th, at the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 10th and at the St. Louis Cardinals on August 14th.  The Cubs will also appear on back-to-back ESPN Sunday Night Baseball braodcasts in July – against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on July 11th and the Philadelphia Phillies at home on July 18th.

Comcast SportsNet has been broadcasting Cubs game for 6 years now and Len Kasper and Bob Brenly will continue to broadcast all Cubs games on television during the 2010 MLB season.

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Chicago Cubs Pat Hughes Honored as Illinois Sportscaster of the Year

Posted on 15 January 2010 by Lou

Pat Hughes has been named Illinois’ Sportscaster of the Year for the year 2009 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.  Hughes is entering his 15th year as the play-by-play man for the Chicago Cubs on WGN radio 720.  Hughes teams up with Cubs legend Ron Santo to provide one of the most entertaining MLB broadcasts around.  Since you never know what you’re going to get with Santo, Hughes has really elevated his game to provide a seamless broadcast for Cubs fans all across the country.

Hughes has already won the Illinois award 4 other times – in 1996, 1999, 2006 and 2007.  He also won the same award 3 times for his work in Wisconsin from 1991 through 1992.  Hughes has been a Major League broadcaster for 28 seasons – WOW!

Hughes had this to say about the honor – “I would like to thank the Cubs fans for being the greatest audience that a broadcaster could ever dream of.  I would also like to thank all of those who voted for me.”

Congrats Pat – love listening to you every afternoon or night and I look forward to listening to you for many more years broadcasting Cubs games for the ages…

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