Hughes named '15 Illinois Sportscaster of Year

CHICAGO -- Pat Hughes, the Cubs' radio play-by-play announcer, was named the 2015 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year on Monday by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

This is the 10th time Hughes has won a Sportscaster of the Year award and his seventh time in Illinois. He also was honored as Wisconsin's Sportscaster of the Year for three consecutive years, starting in 1990.

"I'd like to dedicate this award to the Cubs' dramatic 2015 season, and to my tremendous broadcasting partner Ron Coomer," Hughes said.

The 2016 season will be Hughes' 21st as the radio voice of the Cubs. It also is his 34th consecutive season as a Major League announcer.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.