From the Cubs Media Dept:

CHICAGOChicago Cubs/WGN Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Pat Hughes has been named the 2009 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

“I would like to thank the Cubs fans for being the greatest audience that a broadcaster could ever dream of,” said Hughes. “I would also like to thank all of those who voted for me.”

This is Hughes’ eighth Sportscaster of the Year honor – and his fifth in Illinois, having previously won the award in 1996, 1999, 2006 and 2007. He was honored as Wisconsin’s Sportscaster of the Year in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Hughes is entering his 15th season with the Cubs and WGN, teaming with Ron Santo on the Cubs Radio Network. The 2010 season will be Pat’s 28th of broadcasting Major League Baseball.

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

I’ve always been a big fan of Pat. I loved listening to him on the MLB Audio before I upgraded to the Extra Innings Package. I’ve interviewed him a few times and he’s always been incredibly gracious. Good for him to get recognized.

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