We're only hours into the 2015-16 postseason and already there's news of a change for the Chicago Cubs. Not only is this completely unsurprising, but it's been rumored for months, ever since the Chicago White Sox announced they'd be leaving WSCR ("The Score") for WLS Radio. Chicago media columnist Robert Feder has the details:
CBS Radio plans to move Chicago Cubs baseball broadcasts to sports/talk WSCR AM 670 next year, sources said. For the past season, the Cubs aired on all-news WBBM AM 780. Under a seven-year agreement signed in 2014, CBS Radio has a one-time opportunity to move the team to The Score in 2016. Rod Zimmerman, senior vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Chicago, would not confirm the move Thursday but said a final decision would be announced "probably in the next 30 to 45 days."
The "one-time opportunity" has been rumored for months and is clearly a no-brainer, as Cubs broadcasts obviously fit in better on all-sports WSCR than they did shoehorned in between WBBM's newscasts.
For those listening on conventional terrestrial radios or in cars, all this means is a different push of a button. If you listen to Cubs radio broadcasts online or via the MLB At Bat app, you won't notice a bit of difference, as the radio broadcast team is expected to remain the same. Pat Hughes will be in his 21st season of doing play-by-play; one more year and he'll equal Vince Lloyd's 22-season tenure from 1965 through 1986.
The move should also allow quite a bit of expanded Cubs-related programming on the score, including, I would imagine, longer pre- and post-game shows.
I'll post about this here again when the announcement is made official by the Cubs and CBS Radio.