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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Chicago Cubs leaving WGN radio

Holy cow!

After 90 years and no World Series victories, the Chicago Cubs and WGN radio are going their separate ways.

The Cubs will announce a new, seven-year deal to broadcast games on WBBM Newsradio 780 AM on Thursday, according to media reports. The deal starts next season.

After 197 losses in two seasons, WGN used an opt-out clause in its contract due to declining ratings and revenue last fall, and couldn’t come to terms with the Cubs on a new deal.

“We’re very proud of our long-time association with the Cubs, but it has to make good business sense and the current arrangement does not,” WGN radio president and general manager Jimmy de Castro said Wednesday morning on 87.7 The Game.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2014 at 01:59 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs, media, radio, wgn

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   1. Batman Posted: June 04, 2014 at 03:59 PM (#4719025)
After 90 years and no World Series victories
So it's been the curse of Wally Phillips, and not the Billy Goat, all along.
   2. Voodoo Posted: June 04, 2014 at 04:09 PM (#4719039)
I hope Pat Hughes is retained as play by play guy. I like him a lot.
   3. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: June 04, 2014 at 04:26 PM (#4719059)
The radio team is changing stations with the club.
   4. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: June 04, 2014 at 04:37 PM (#4719072)
The signal of carry of WBBM does seem to extend a little bit further than WGN (for me at least). Plus the WBBM traffic reports are unmatched in Chicago for their consistent delivery. WSCR signal fka WMAQ is pretty good too, I've picked that up in Colorado before.
   5. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 04, 2014 at 04:38 PM (#4719074)
There are probably more tourists at Wrigley Field on any given day than there are radio listeners thruout Chicagoland.
   6. Dandy Little Glove Man Posted: June 04, 2014 at 04:39 PM (#4719077)
Chicago Cubs!
Chicago Cubs
All the good feelings of baseball
And it's "Go Cubs, Go!"
On 7-2-0
WGN
That's right
WGN

And the people say
Chicago, Chicago, Chicago Cubs
Chicago, Chicago, Chicago Cubs
Go Cubs, Go
On 7-2-0
WGN
Play ball!
WGN
   7. There's a bustle in Misirlou's hedgerow Posted: June 04, 2014 at 04:50 PM (#4719088)
So it's been the curse of Wally Phillips, and not the Billy Goat, all along.


Oh Wally
   8. Leroy Kincaid Posted: June 04, 2014 at 07:42 PM (#4719251)
I hope Pat Hughes is retained as play by play guy. I like him a lot.

And Ron Coomer isn't bad as his goofy sidekick.
   9. McCoy Posted: June 04, 2014 at 08:17 PM (#4719263)
I still have no idea how anyone makes money with a radio station nowadays.
   10. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: June 04, 2014 at 08:53 PM (#4719280)
#9 / McCoy

I often wonder the same thing. How many people listen to the radio when not in a car? I will listen to podcasts while working, but I only turn on a radio when I'm in the car. Honestly, I listen to my iPod or a CD 90% of the time when I'm driving.
   11. TerpNats Posted: June 04, 2014 at 09:15 PM (#4719290)
Actually, from the mid-'20s through the mid-'40s, multiple stations carried Cubs and White Sox games (normally whichever team was at home). Bill Veeck Sr. began the policy, the Sox followed suit and Chicago became the broadcast capital of MLB. (In fact, eight of the nine stations in the Chicago-Gary, Ind. area carried baseball in 1931.) Russ Hodges and Red Grange (yes, that Red Grange!) were among the Chi-town announcers during that era.

In contrast, the three New York teams were dead-set against radio, and it reached the point that in 1937, General Mills -- which was sponsoring baseball broadcasts in many markets -- had to settle for sponsoring the Jersey City and Newark International League teams. Finally in 1938, Larry MacPhail came to Brooklyn from Cincinnati, brought Red Barber with him to break the gentlemen's agreement, and the Giants and Yankees were forced to do likewise.
   12. Spahn Insane, weapons grade plum Posted: June 04, 2014 at 09:32 PM (#4719304)
Speaking of the Cubs, Don Zimmer died today.

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