From the Cubs Media Department:

CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs/WGN Radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes has been named the 2007 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

“I’d like to dedicate this award to Chicago Cubs fans, the greatest fans in the world,” said Hughes.

This is Hughes’ seventh Sportscaster of the Year honor – and his fourth in Illinois, having previously won the award in 1996, 1999 and 2006. Pat was honored as Wisconsin’s Sportscaster of the Year in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Hughes is entering his 13th season with the Cubs and WGN, teaming with Ron Santo on the Cubs Radio Network. The 2008 season will be Pat’s 26th season of broadcasting in Major League Baseball.

The award will be presented the first weekend of May in Salisbury, N.C.

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