Veteran Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes has inked a new five-year contract extension with Tribune Co.-owned WGN-AM (720), the radio home for Cubs broadcasts. The new deal makes WGN the broadcast home for Hughes through the 2015 Cubs season. WGN-AM is conducting a search for a Cubs color commentator to replace Ron Santo, who died earlier this month. Hughes had shared the broadcast booth with Santo for the past 15 years.
The upcoming 2011 Cubs season will be Hughes' 16th season with WGN radio and the Cubs and his 29th season of broadcasting in Major League Baseball. "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-AM president and general manager.
"Chicago is one of the world's great sports cities, Wrigley Field one of the most famous venues, and I'm just happy to be a part of it all," said Hughes. Prior to his career with WGN radio and the Cubs, Hughes was the radio play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee 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 Association. He is a finalist for the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year again in 2010.