Matt Spiegel calls a Mariners-Cubs spring-training game March 1, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. | Provided
When Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes moves to TV for five games this season, Zach Zaidman will fill in. Spiegel will give Zaidman a break in the fifth inning. “This is the first dream I ever had,” Spiegel said.
It might have come off as a stunt, but Matt Spiegel wants you to know there’s nothing insincere about it.
On Feb. 17, the Cubs’ Marquee Sports Network announced three fill-ins for play-by-play voice Jon Sciambi when he calls games for ESPN Radio. One of them was Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes, who will call five games on TV this season.
Naturally, pre- and postgame show host Zach Zaidman will fill in for Hughes on the Cubs’ flagship, 670 The Score. But who would fill in for Zaidman, who also calls the fifth inning to give Hughes a break?
Danny Parkins, Spiegel’s partner on The Score’s afternoon show, stumped for Spiegel on the air that day. It wasn’t long before station operations director Mitch Rosen texted in his approval and Parkins announced the news: The job was Spiegel’s.
On April 25, when the Cubs host the Brewers, Spiegel will handle the pre- and postgame shows and call his first inning of regular-season major-league baseball.
“I’m sure a lot of people think that this is just a radio gimmick, and, ‘Oh, talk-show host gets to do an inning,’ ” Spiegel said this week. “Obviously, there’s an element of promotion that I think Mitch Rosen enjoys, and I don’t begrudge him that.
“But my respect level for the job and the booth is so high that it’s daunting to me. And while I’ve achieved a lot of other dreams in broadcasting, this is the first dream I ever had. So to get a …read more
Source:: Chicago Sun Times