ABC 7 stars to come out for Cubs games

Ron Magers

Ron Magers

Look for Ron Magers to turn up in the Wrigley Field broadcast booth alongside Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies when WLS-Channel 7 airs its first Cubs game of the season Wednesday.

The ABC-owned station’s top news anchor is expected to make a special appearance during the fifth inning of the Cubs matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals. Starting at 1 p.m., the broadcast also will feature ABC 7 sports anchors Mark Giangreco and Jim Rose, and a weather forecast before the start of the game from meteorologist Cheryl Scott.

Chicago Cubs on ABC 7

Chicago Cubs on ABC 7

The appearances by Magers, Giangreco, Rose and Scott — to be followed by other ABC 7 personalities throughout the season — are part of the station’s new partnership agreement with the Cubs. The deal calls for ABC 7 to air 24 games a year through 2019.

“Broadcasting Chicago Cubs baseball on ABC 7 is an exciting moment in our station’s history,” John Idler, president and general manager of ABC 7, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be a part of this new chapter with the Chicago Cubs organization and are looking forward to kicking off our coverage with the fierce Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.”

To accommodate the afternoon baseball broadcast, ABC 7 will shift its regular programming to overnights, airing “Inside Edition” at 1:05 a.m., the rebroadcast of “ABC 7 Eyewitness News” at 1:35 a.m., “General Hospital” at 2:10 a.m., “Jeopardy!” at 3:10 a.m., and “ABC World News Now” at 3:40 a.m.