WGN Radio's Pat Hughes named 2009 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year
WGN Radio/Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes has been named the 2009 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

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. Hughes was honored as Wisconsin's Sportscaster of the Year in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

"Pat Hughes has a tremendous connection with Cubs fans through WGN's powerhouse signal," said Tom Langmyer, Vice President/General Manager of WGN Radio. "He is a pure play-by-play artist who also brings out the magic in his partner, Ron Santo."

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The 2010 season will be Hughes' 15th season with WGN Radio and the Cubs and his 28th season of broadcasting in Major League Baseball.

The award will be presented during the first week of May in Salisbury, North Carolina.