Cubs’ voice Pat Hughes named to WGN Radio Walk of Fame

Pat Hughes (Photo: Stephen Green)

Pat Hughes (Photo: Stephen Green)

As Cubs baseball nears the end of its historic run on WGN AM 720, veteran play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes is getting big props from the Tribune Broadcasting news/talk station.

On Tuesday Hughes will be named the latest inductee in the WGN Radio Walk of Fame. He’ll be enshrined among the station’s legendary personalities with a plaque embedded in the walkway outside Tribune Tower studios at 435 North Michigan Avenue.

“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,” Todd Manley, vice president of content and programming at WGN, said in a statement. “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.”

Hughes will be honored at a public ceremony at Pioneer Court adjacent to Tribune Tower at 3 p.m. September 24. He’ll join the 10 inaugural inductees (including iconic former Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse), whose plaques were unveiled June 27.

Best known as the mellifluous radio voice of the Cubs, Hughes, 59, called games for the Minnesota Twins and the Milwaukee Brewers before he joined WGN in 1996. In 2013, he received the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award for best play-by-play.

“I am greatly honored to be included in the WGN Radio Walk of Fame,” Hughes said in a statement. “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.”

Ron Santo

Ron Santo

At the event September 24, WGN is expected to announce that the first honoree among the 2015 Walk of Fame inductees will be the late Ron Santo, former Hall of Fame third baseman for the Cubs who worked with Hughes as color commentator from 1996 until his death in 2010. Known as “The Pat and Ron Show,” their act was among the most lively in all of sports radio.

Santo was succeeded in the broadcast booth by former Cub Keith Moreland, who stepped down after three years. Current color commentator is another former Cub, Ron Coomer.

Hughes and Coomer are expected to continue next year when Cubs rights move to CBS Radio all-news WBBM AM 780.