Dave Eanet, the voice of Northwestern sports for WGN-AM 720, received a surprise Saturday.
During halftime of Saturday’s home opener in Evanston, Eanet’s alma mater christened the Ryan Field radio booth in his honor. In addition to unveiling a plaque designating “The Dave Eanet Broadcast Booth,” they presented him a cake inscribed: “Congratulations on 25 years, Mr. Cat!”
“They got me good,” Eanet later said. “Totally caught off guard . . . but it was a terrific honor.”
Meanwhile, WGN honored Hughes in what will be the station’s last year with the team.
He will enshrined in WGN’s Walk of Fame on Sept. 24.
“Pat describes baseball with such an air of joy and detail, you feel like you’re seated behind home plate every time you hear his voice,” Todd Manley, vice president of content and programming at WGN, said in a statement. “To celebrate the vivid pictures he’s etched in our minds, we’re proud to carve his name in stone among WGN’s greatest talents.”
“I am greatly honored to be included in the WGN Radio Walk of Fame,” Hughes said in a statement. “I have been privileged to work on WGN for 19 years as the voice of the Chicago Cubs. To think that the memory of my work will be preserved for posterity is truly special.”