Ron Coomer and Pat Hughes have been the Cubs’ radio broadcast team for the last four seasons.
Tuesday, Entercom (the company that bought out the CBS radio stations) announced that Coomer had been given a “multiyear” contract extension to remain on 670 The Score as Hughes’ broadcast partner.
“Ron has endeared himself to the Cubs fan base with his thoughtful analysis of the game, humor and welcoming interactions with our fans,” said Crane Kenney, president of business operations, Chicago Cubs. “We’re grateful he will continue alongside Pat Hughes to provide an enjoyable and insightful radio broadcast.”
“Ron has turned out to be one the best analysts in baseball. We are honored to have him on our team at The Score, Chicago’s top-ranked sports station,” said Mitch Rosen, operations and program director, The Score. “Ron brings the passion and success he had as former MLB All-Star to the airwaves of Cubs baseball.”
I know there are some here who don’t care for Coomer’s broadcast style, but he’s apparently popular enough and well-liked enough by Cubs management that they were willing to keep the second “Pat and Ron Show” together. Coomer, a Chicago-area native, played nine years in the major leagues, including the 2001 season with the Cubs, a year where he hit .261/.316/.390 with eight home runs, playing third base and first base.
There’s been remarkable stability in Cubs play-by-play. Len Kasper is entering his 14th season as TV PBP voice, and for Pat Hughes, 2018 will be his 23rd season in the Cubs radio booth. Coomer is entering his fifth season on the radio and Jim Deshaies is beginning his sixth year in the TV booth. Len and JD are signed through 2019.