Published on Friday, 20 January 2012 08:59
The Chicago Cubs organization have announced their plans to broadcast almost every one of their Spring Training games on one or more mediums of either television, radio, or Internet audio stream. In total, 30 out of the team's 35 Spring Training games will be made available for fans. (The five that will not be available happen on days when the club plays two games simultaneously using a split squad.)
Of the 30 games being made available for fans to enjoy, six will be shown on television (four on WGN-TV and two on Comcast SportsNet Chicago), ten will be on the radio on WGN-AM, and 20 games will be heard on an Internet-only stream found on at Cubs.com
Fans can access the Internet radio streams by registering for a free account with the website and logging in. For the second year in a row, the broadcast team for most of the Internet radio streams will be the Cubs television play-by-play announcer Len Kasper, sitting alongside Mick Gillispie, who is the radio broadcaster for Chicago's Double-A Tennessee affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. The first Internet-only broadcast of a Spring Training game will take place on Sunday, March 4th, the very first Spring Training game, when the Cubs take on the Oakland Athletics in Mesa, AZ.
The first terrestrial radio broadcast happens on the second Spring Training game, Monday, March 5th, as the Cubs again face off against the Oakland Athletics, which will be heard on WGN-AM. The radio broadcasting team for the second year in a row will be Pat Hughes on the play-by-play calling and Keith Moreland as color commentator.
The first televised Spring Training game will be on WGN-TV on Saturday, March 10th, when the Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Comcast SportsNet's first televised Cubs game this spring will be on Thursday, March 22nd, with the Cubs facing the Texas Rangers. For the eighth year in a row, the television broadcasting team remains the same, as Len Kasper will handle the play-by-play calling and Bob Brenly will be the color analyst.
The following is the full Cubs Spring Training broadcast schedule, showing where the games can be heard and/or seen locally. All times shown are Central Standard Time (CST).
March 4 vs. Oakland, 2:05pm, Cubs.com
March 5 vs. Oakland, 2:05pm, WGN-AM
March 6 vs. Colorado, 2:05pm, WGN-AM
March 7 at Kansas City, 2:05pm, WGN-AM
March 8 vs. Seattle, 2:05pm, Cubs.com
March 9 at Chi White Sox, 2:05pm, Cubs.com
March 10 at Milwaukee, 2:05pm, WGN-TV and WGN-AM
March 11 at LA Dodgers, 3:05pm, WGN-TV and Cubs.com
March 12 vs. Cincinnati, 3:05pm, WGN-AM
March 13 at San Francisco, 3:05pm, Cubs.com
March 14 vs. Milwaukee, 3:05pm, Cubs.com
March 15 vs. Arizona, 3:05pm, Cubs.com **
March 16 vs. San Francisco, 3:05pm, Cubs.com
March 17 vs. Oakland, 3:05pm, Cubs.com **
March 18 vs. Chi White Sox, 3:05pm, Cubs.com **
March 19 at Seattle, 3:05pm, Cubs.com
March 20 vs. Texas, 3:05pm, Cubs.com **
March 22 at Texas, 3:05pm, CSN and Cubs.com
March 23 at Colorado, 3:10pm, Cubs.com
March 24 vs. San Diego, 3:05pm, WGN-TV and WGN-AM
March 25 at Cleveland, 3:05pm, WGN-TV and WGN-AM
March 26 vs. San Diego, 3:05pm, Cubs.com **
March 27 at Cincinnati, 3:05pm, Cubs.com
March 28 vs. Cleveland, 3:05pm, Cubs.com
March 29 at San Diego, 3:05pm, Cubs.com
March 30 vs. LA Dodgers, 3:05pm, Cubs.com
March 31 vs. LA Angels, 3:05pm, CSN and WGN-AM
April 1 at LA Angels, 3:05pm, Cubs.com
April 2 at Arizona, 3:10pm, Cubs.com
April 3 vs. Milwaukee, 2:05pm, WGN-AM
** = Split Squad. A second game being played at the very same time from a separate location will not be broadcast.