Keith Moreland gives up Cubs gig with WGN radio
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter November 6, 2013 10:29PM
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 06: Keith Moreland, WGN Radio AM 720 broadcaster photographed at Tribune Tower in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 as part of the 2011 Chicago Cubs radio broadcast team. Photo credit: Randy Belice
Updated: November 7, 2013 10:18AM
After three seasons in the WGN radio booth with Pat Hughes, popular Cubs broadcaster Keith Moreland has decided not to return for a fourth year so he can spend more time with his family at home in Texas.
‘‘I’m old, and I’m ready to be home,’’ Moreland, 59, said. ‘‘I thank everybody for the opportunity: the fans, the Ricketts family, the Cubs, WGN. It’s just time to be home.’’
Moreland, the former Cubs outfielder, successfully navigated the unenviable task of replacing Cubs legend Ron Santo in the booth after Santo’s death before the 2011 season.
‘‘We’ll miss his baseball insight, his energy and upbeat personality,’’ WGN radio sports director Dave Eanet said in a statement.
Moreland said his decision was unrelated to the uncertainty over WGN’s radio future with the Cubs after the station recently exercised an opt-out clause to renegotiate its rights fees with the team. His original contract expired Oct. 31.
‘‘For three years it was a great opportunity, and I loved doing it,’’ he said. ‘‘But it has nothing to do with anybody other than me.’’
Moreland said he has no immediate plans for a next career.
‘‘I won’t go work for another club or that kind of thing,’’ he said.
Before joining Hughes on Cubs broadcasts, he was a baseball color analyst for the University of Texas, his alma mater. He spent nine seasons as an analyst for UT football games.