Dreamers: Some Cubs fans thought they were qualified for new radio broadcasts

My latest Chicago Tribune column discusses the deluge of applicants WBBM received for a position on the Cubs radio broadcasts.

You also can access the column via my Twitter feed @Sherman_Report.

From the column:


A dream job proved that some Cubs fans are huge dreamers.

WBBM-AM 780, the new radio outlet for the Cubs, has been actively looking to hire a third person to join Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer on the game broadcasts. A decision is expected shortly on who will host the pre- and postgame shows as well as provide score updates during games.

Sounds like a pretty good job, especially since it means attending every Cubs game, home and away.

Ron Gleason, WBBM’s director of news and programming, wasn’t surprised to receive more than 400 resumes for the position, which Judd Sirott filled last year at WGN. More than a few, he said, were from people who had only one qualification: Cubs fan.

“I got a number of resumes from people who had absolutely no broadcast experience,” Gleason said. “They basically said they were lifetime Cubs fans who got an autograph from their favorite player when they were 7. Because of that, they are perfect for the job. I don’t want to demean or make fun of them. These are wonderful people. But there is a skill and craft that goes into working in broadcasting.”


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