Opening Night on WLS-TV/ABC 7 and ESPN2 – Cubs Home Opener on WGN-TV
The Cubs announced their 2016 regular season television schedule Thursday featuring broadcasts from Comcast SportsNet Chicago, WGN-TV and WLS-TV/ABC 7.
WLS-TV/ABC 7 will televise Opening Night from Anaheim on Monday, April 4 at 9:05pm CDT, the station’s first of 25 games this season. Comcast SportsNet Chicago has its first of as many as 86 games on Tuesday, April 5 at 9:05pm CDT from Anaheim (this game is scheduled for CSN+). WGN-TV’s first of 45 broadcasts will take place on Friday, April 8 at 8:40pm CDT at Arizona. WGN-TV will also televise the Cubs’ home opener on Monday, April 11 vs. Cincinnati at 7:05pm CDT.
Chicago Cubs games have been televised by WGN since 1948 (a handful of the 45 WGN-TV produced games will be televised by WPWR My50 Chicago). This will be Comcast SportsNet’s 12th season televising the Cubs and the second for WLS-TV/ABC 7.
Len Kasper returns for his 12th season in the Cubs’ television booth and will be joined by Jim Deshaies for their fourth season together broadcasting Cubs baseball.
The Cubs Spring Training schedule features nine games televised by Cubs broadcast partners (six by Comcast SportsNet Chicago and three by WGN-TV), nine on the 670 The Score Cubs Radio Network and 21 via internet radio broadcast on www.cubs.com. There are also two games scheduled to be nationally televised on ESPN.
In total, a Cubs game will be available every game day of the spring schedule via one or more broadcast mediums, and 30 of the 32 games are scheduled to be available to Cubs fans overall.
670 The Score, the club’s new radio rightsholder, will air its first game on Saturday, March 5 when the Cubs host the Cincinnati Reds. Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer return as the radio voices of the Chicago Cubs. Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s first game will occur on Wednesday, March 16, when the Cubs play at the Kansas City Royals. WGN-TV has its first game on Sunday, March 20 when the Cubs host the Royals. Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies return to call all Cubs TV games.
Len Kasper will again join Mick Gillispie, radio broadcaster for Chicago’s Double-A Tennessee affiliate, for most of the cubs.com internet radio broadcasts.