Marquee Sports Network hires WGN television veteran


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Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports
Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO – Marquee Sports Network, the future exclusive television home of the Chicago Cubs, today announced the hiring of Bob Vorwald as a special advisor to the network’s general manager Michael McCarthy. With his long history producing Cubs baseball broadcasts, Vorwald will bring his expansive knowledge of the storied franchise to the network’s production team, helping create engaging and unique broadcast segments that highlight the deep history of the club and pay homage to the beauty and charm of Wrigley Field.

A lifelong Cubs fan and Chicago sports broadcast veteran, Vorwald joins Marquee Sports Network from WGN Television where he served as executive producer of WGN Sports since 1998, covering all local Chicago sports teams including the Cubs and Chicago White Sox. With his role at Marquee Sports Network, Vorwald also will continue to serve as director of production at WGN-TV.

“Bob will bring a sense of history and perspective that only someone deeply connected to Cubs television can bring,” said McCarthy when asked about the hire. “We have an enormous amount of respect for the Cubs’ legacy position in the annals of sports television and bringing Bob in to ensure we have that sensitivity permeate our broadcasts is a decision we came to quite easily.”

Vorwald is the author of two Cubs-focused books titled “Cubs Forever: Memories from the Men Who Lived Them” and “What It Means to Be a Cub.”

“I am grateful to Marquee for offering me the chance to extend my passion for Cubs baseball and to everyone at WGN for allowing me to pursue this unique opportunity,” said Vorwald.

Marquee Sports Network is set to launch in 2020 and is jointly owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. and the Cubs. For more information, visit www.getmarqueesportsnetwork.com.

About Marquee Sports Network:

Marquee Sports Network, a new regional sports network, will be the exclusive television home of the Chicago Cubs starting in February 2020. Marquee Sports Network will feature live game broadcasts from Chicago Cubs broadcasters, extensive pregame and postgame coverage, in-depth unique Cubs content and other local sports programming. The network is jointly owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) and the Chicago Cubs. For more information, visit www.getmarqueesportsnetwork.com.

About Sinclair:

Sinclair is a diversified media company and leading provider of local sports and news. The Company owns and/or operates 23 regional sports network brands; owns, operates and/or provides services to 191 television stations in 89 markets; is a leading local news provider in the country; owns multiple national networks; and has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

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