‘Chicago Cubs Baseball is on the air’ is the familiar refrain Pat Hughes begins every Cubs radio broadcast. The radio of voice of the Chicago Cubs is simply one of the best in the business, as Len Kasper said Monday one day he will be in the Hall of Fame.
Pat Hughes was named the 2014 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
This is Hughes’ ninth Sportscaster of the Year honor and his sixth in Illinois, having previously won the award in 1996, 1999, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Hughes was honored as Wisconsin’s Sportscaster of the Year in 1990, 1991 and 1992.
Pat Hughes is entering his 33rd campaign of broadcasting big league baseball, his 20th season with the Cubs, and his second year teaming with Ron Coomer on the Cubs Radio Network. Hughes and Coomer join their new broadcast home, WBBM Newsradio 780, in 2015.
“I’d like to dedicate this award to my wonderful broadcast partner, Ron Coomer, and to the Chicago Cubs fans, the best listening audience in the world,” said Hughes in a statement.
The award will be presented June 9, 2015 in Salisbury, N.C.
The Cubs begin the exhibition season on Thursday, March 5 with a pair of games. The Cubs host the Athletics at Sloan Park and make the short trip from Mesa to Scottsdale to take on the Giants.
2015 Cubs Spring Training Schedule
All Start Times are 1:05pm Arizona time (3:05pm CDT) Unless Noted – Cubs Split Squad Games (SS)
It will be good to hear and see Pat Hughes at the 30th Annual Cubs Convention.