06/22/2011 5:44 PM ET
Len Kasper signs five-year contract extension to remain television voice of Chicago Cubs
Kasper's new deal runs through 2016 season
CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs and WGN today announced that play-by-play broadcaster Len Kasper has signed a five-year contract extension to remain the television voice of the Chicago Cubs through the 2016 season.
"Len Kasper is one of the best play-by-play broadcasters in the industry and has established himself as a knowledgeable and passionate voice to our great fans," said Tom Ricketts, Chairman of the Cubs. "We are thrilled that Len will continue to call our games for years to come."
"Len has done a tremendous job of filling the shoes of Jack Brickhouse and Harry Caray. He is one of the finest broadcasters in the game and we're delighted he will continue bringing Cubs baseball to our viewers," said WGN VP/General Manager Marty Wilke.
"I am beyond thrilled with the commitment from the Cubs, WGN and Comcast SportsNet," said Kasper. "The fans have been wonderful to me, working with Bob Brenly is tremendous and I'm humbled to have the best job in broadcasting. My hope is to be the television play-by-play voice for this great organization the rest of my career."
Kasper, 40, joined the Cubs family in 2005 and is in his seventh season in the Cubs television booth after three years of television play-by-play with the Florida Marlins.
Prior to joining the Cubs and Marlins, Kasper did play-by-play work for select Milwaukee Brewers games from 1999-2001 and, overall, spent eight years with WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a graduate of Marquette University.
Kasper and Brenly earned a 2006 and 2008 local Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence On Camera: Programming, Play-by-Play.
A tireless contributor to the community, Kasper is an annual participant on the Cubs Community Caravan and emcees the annual Cubs Care grant luncheon, among contributing to countless additional team community initiatives. He and Brenly have also hosted and performed at the "Len and Bob Bash", a series of charity concerts that have raised more than $125,000 for Chicago Cubs Charities.