Long-time Cubs radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes received a contract extension in December. Less than a month later, he has received yet another prestigious honor.
Monday, the National Sports Media Association named Hughes the 2018 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year.
"I'd like to dedicate this award to three special co-workers,” Hughes said in a press release. “The Operations Director of 670 The Score, Mitch Rosen, also the Executive Producer of Cubs Radio. And, to my two very talented and congenial booth partners, Ron Coomer and Zach Zaidman. Those three men have a great deal to do with this award.”
This is the 12th time Hughes has won the Sportscaster of the Year honor and ninth such time in Illinois. He previously recieved the honor in Illinois in 1996, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015 and 2017. Hughes also was named the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year Award from 1990-92.
Hughes, 63, is entering his 24th season as the Cubs radio play-by-play announcer and 37th consecutive season overall.