Published on Friday, 10 February 2012 08:20
The Chicago Cubs revealed their 2012 regular season broadcast schedule this week. As is always the case for one of the most popular teams in the league, all of the Chicago Cubs television and radio broadcasts for all 162 games will be easily available in the Chicagoland area, although the television schedule, with games appearing on numerous different networks & channels, could be difficult to keep track of.
For what will be it's 65th season, WGN-TV will be one of the television homes for Chicago Cubs broadcasts, although it is no longer the primary one. (WGN-TV is owned by Tribune Company, which previously owned the Chicago Cubs and still retains a small percentage of ownership in the club.) WGN-TV will air 65 Chicago Cubs games, with an additional eight night games done by the WGN-TV crew, but airing on WCIU-TV. WGN-TV will broadcast the Cubs' season & home opener on April 5th as the club takes on the Washington Nationals. WCIU-TV will televise its first game on Monday, April 9th when the Cubs host the Milwaukee Brewers. Chicago Cubs games have been televised by WGN-TV since 1948 and by WCIU-TV since 2000. All Chicago Cubs games broadcast on WGN-TV (but not WCIU-TV) will also be seen nationally on WGN America.
Once again, Comcast SportsNet Chicago (CSN) will air more Cubs games than any other network, with 80 games. (The Chicago Cubs are 20% owners in Comcast SportsNet Chicago.) At least eight of those games will air on CSN+ due to conflicts with other sporting events scheduled to appear on CSN. The CSN+ games will most likely be televised on CLTV, but a check of the CSNChicago.com
website the day of the game to see exactly where to find the telecast is recommended. This will be CSN's eighth season televising Cubs games. The first Cubs telecast for CSN will be the second game of the season, on Saturday, April 7th, again against the Washington Nationals.
For all games broadcast on CSN, CSN+, WGN-TV and WCIU-TV, the broadcast team will again be Len Kasper handling the play-by-play calling and Bob Brenley will be the color analyst. This will their eighth season in the Cubs' broadcast booth together. The popular broadcasting duo have won a pair of local Emmy Awards for "Individual Excellence On Camera: Programming, Play-by-Play" following the 2006 and 2008 seasons.
A minimum of nine Cubs games will be shown nationally on FOX's Saturday "Game of the Week" -- seen locally on WFLD-TV. The first FOX telecast will be on April 14th, as the Cubs take on the rival Cardinals in St. Louis. FOX also has the option to pick up one more Chicago Cubs game in late September. If they do not chose to go with the Cubs game, WGN-TV will air it. ESPN has the option to air two Chicago Cubs games (June 17 & August 5). If ESPN does not elect to air the games, those broadcasts would go to WGN-TV.
All television broadcasts on CSN, WGN-TV, WCIU-TV, FOX and ESPN will be in HD.
Of course, as usual, WGN-AM will be the exclusive Chicago radio home for all regular season Chicago Cubs games. 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 complete broadcast schedule for the Chicago Cubs' 2012 season can be found at this link HERE