CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs Radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes has been named the 2017 Illinois Co-Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.
"I'd like to dedicate this award to three special parties,” said Hughes. “First, I have the best announcing partner in baseball in Ron Coomer. We both work for the finest Executive Producer in America, and that is Mitch Rosen. And, the Chicago Cubs fans are the sweetest listening audience on the planet. They all share this award with me, along with Mark Giangreco.”
This is Hughes' 11th Sportscaster of the Year honor, and his eighth in Illinois, having previously captured the award in 1996, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014 and 2015. Hughes was Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year in 1990, 1991 and 1992.
Hughes is entering his 36th consecutive campaign of broadcasting Major League Baseball, his 23rd season with the Cubs, and his fifth year teaming with Ron Coomer. The flagship station of the Cubs Radio Network is the Score, 670 AM, a subsidiary of Entercom Communications.