The Cubs moved to CBS Radio after having their games on Tribune’s 720 WGN since 1925. With the White Sox leaving WSCR for Cumulus’ 890 WLS, CBS is exercising the option to move the Cubs to WSCR. Both teams will be on their new homes through the 2021 season.
Cubs fans will soon hear all 162 of their favorite baseball team’s regular-season games on Chicago’s longest running all-sports radio station. CBS RADIO’s WSCR-AM 670 The Score and the Chicago Cubs announced Wednesday the station has been named as the team’s new flagship radio station, beginning with the 2016 season. Chicago’s original all-sports station will broadcast all regular and postseason games, as well as select spring training contests.
This past season, WBBM Newsradio 780 AM and 105.9 FM broadcast Cubs games as part of a multi-year sports and entertainment agreement signed with CBS RADIO in 2014. WBBM is also home to the Chicago Bears since 2000.
“We had an outstanding 2015 with the Cubs and couldn’t be prouder to be aligned with such a great partner,” said Rod Zimmerman, senior vice president and market manager of CBS RADIO Chicago. “Today’s announcement provides a year round platform for the city’s beloved sports franchise on Chicago’s heritage all-sports radio station. With the Bears on WBBM and the Cubs among our portfolio, we can offer fans the best in sports play-by-play while still delivering the news and information most impactful to the local community.”
“We are excited to continue our partnership with CBS RADIO and join Chicago’s top sports station,” Cubs president of businessoperations Crane Kenney said. “With the broadcast team continuing to deliver great coverage, our first year with CBS was outstanding, and we look forward to many more to come on WSCR.”
In addition to Cubs games being broadcast on WSCR-AM, The Score will also feature weekly segments with manager Joe Maddon during the Spiegel and Goff Show (weekdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.), the Cubs manager’s show before every regular season game, live broadcasts from Wrigley Field and the surrounding neighborhood, several joint promotional initiatives, exclusive coverage of the team throughout the season, as well as interviews with Cubs players, coaches and front office management.
Pat Hughes will continue as play-by-play man with Ron Coomer as an analyst on broadcasts, Kenney said. Mark Grote will continue to handle pregame and postgame hosting duties, he added.
The Chicago Cubs are among nearly 30 professional sports teams featured on CBS RADIO stations across the country. As the leaderin sports radio, the division of CBS is home to such legendary teams including the New York Yankees, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Red Wings, among others.
The Cubs are coming off a 97-win season in which they advanced to the NLCS for the first time since 2003.