WGN Radio gives Cubs' Hughes extension
Broadcaster partnered with late Santo for past 15 seasons
CHICAGO -- WGN Radio announced Monday it has given Cubs play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes a five-year extension through the 2015 season.
The 2011 season will be Hughes' 16th with WGN Radio and the Cubs, and his 29th season of broadcasting in Major League Baseball.
"I am delighted to continue my career with WGN Radio and the Chicago Cubs," Hughes said in a statement. "Chicago is one of the world's greatest sports cities, Wrigley Field one of the most famous venues, and I'm just happy to be a part of it all."
Who will be Hughes' partner in 2011 has yet to be determined. Ron Santo, who had just completed his 21st season as the Cubs' radio analyst and 15th with Hughes, died on Dec. 3. A replacement was not expected to be named until early next year.
Before joining WGN Radio and the Cubs, Hughes was the radio play-by-play announcer for the Brewers for 12 years. He has been named Illinois Sportscaster of the Year five times and Wisconsin Sportscaster of the year three times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and he is a finalist for Illinois Sportscaster of the Year again in 2010.
"Pat's voice on WGN has spoken to the legion of Cubs fans across the Midwest and beyond for many years -- and we're very fortunate to have such a great broadcaster behind the microphone for a long time to come," said Tom Langmyer, WGN Radio's vice president and general manager.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.