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WGN Radio’s 90th Anniversary


WGN Radio’s 90th Anniversary
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Chicago Cubs announcer to be honored on September 24th



Pat Hughes

Chicago, IL- WGN Radio announced today that longtime Chicago Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes will receive a plaque on the WGN Radio Walk of Fame.  Hughes will be recognized for his prolific contributions to the station’s storied history of play-by-play on the radio.   His name joins fellow WGN Radio legends in the walkway outside the Allstate Showcase Studios at the Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. A ceremony commemorating the honor will be held on Pioneer Court Wednesday, September 24th at 3:00pm.

“Pat describes baseball with such an air of joy and detail, you feel like you’re seated behind home plate every time you hear his voice,” said Todd Manley Vice President of Content & Programming.  “To celebrate the vivid pictures he’s etched in our minds, we’re proud to carve his name in stone among WGN’s greatest talents.”

“I am greatly honored to be included in the WGN Radio Walk of Fame,” said Hughes. “I have been privileged to work on WGN for 19 years as the Voice of the Chicago Cubs.  To think that the memory of my work will be preserved for posterity is truly special.”

Pat Hughes is in his 19th season as the WGN Radio play-by-play voice of the Cubs. He joined WGN in 1996 after spending the previous 12 years on the Milwaukee Brewers Radio Network. Hughes began his baseball play-by-play career in the minor leagues, calling action for the San Jose Missions (1978-1981) and for the Columbus Clippers (1982). Hughes was named the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year five times and earned Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year Award honors three times (1990-1992).  He most recently received the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association Silver Dome Award for Best Play-By-Play in 2013.

Kathy and Judy recreate another photo from the WGN Radio vault to celebrate AM720’s 90th Anniversary.

In continuing celebration of WGN Radio’s 90th Anniversary, Patti Vasquez recreates another photo from WGN Radio’s photo vault. Listen to Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez, late nights from 11PM-2AM.

To celebrate the 90th Anniversary of WGN Radio, Bob Sirott, Marianne Murciano and Steve Bertrand recreate a classic WGN image of Kay Kyser presenting Miss Marion Elisberg a “victory” trophy to commemorate her reign as “Betty Co-Ed” during a homecoming festivity at the University of Chicago. Listen to Sirott and Murciano weekdays, noon-3p.m.

More photos from the dedication of the WGN Radio Walk of fame and the induction of the inaugural class of honorees, part of the station’s 90th Anniversary celebration.

Gallery 1 of 2 – ceremony (Scroll down for more photos):

Gallery 2 of 2 – reception for current and former WGN employees:


The WGN Radio Walk of Fame Class of 2014 (Glenn Kaupert)

In continuing celebration of WGN Radio’s 90th Anniversary, it’s another Throwback Thursday! This time Pete McMurray and Scott Miller recreate another iconic photo in WGN’s past. Listen to Pete McMurray weeknights, 7PM-11AM.

Join Bob Sirott and Steve Cochran as they welcome the first 10 legends into the WGN Radio Walk of Fame.


PHOTO: Dave Plier selfie with Spike O’Dell

Dave talks about his experience at the WGN 90th Anniversary event.


John Williams talked to Audrey Clarke, producer of Bob Collins, Tracy Weiner, producer of Spike O’Dell, and Randy Eccles, Kurt Vanderah, and Beth Swierk, producers of Kathy and Judy, about what life was like behind-the-scenes at WGN Radio.



L-R Audrey Clarke, Kurt Vanderah, Randy Eccles, Beth Swierk, and Tracy Weiner, former producers of some of the Walk of Fame inductees. (Tracy Weiner)

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Pete McMurray talks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel about the 90th Anniversary of WGN Radio, if he would join Hillary Clinton in a run for the Presidency and what town fests he will be dancing at this summer!