Cubs announce regular season broadcast schedule

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The Chicago Cubs today announced their 2013 regular season television broadcast schedule. For the fifth season in a row, all 162 games will be available in high-definition in the Chicago area.

WGN will televise the Cubs’ Monday, April 1, season opener at the Pittsburgh Pirates at 12:35 p.m. CT, and Comcast SportsNet will have its first broadcast the next game, Wednesday, April 3, in Pittsburgh at 6:05 p.m. WCIU will televise its first game on Friday, April 19, when the Cubs play at the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:05 p.m.

Cubs games have been televised by WGN since 1948 and by WCIU since 2000. This will be Comcast SportsNet’s ninth season with the team.

Len Kasper returns for his ninth season in the Cubs’ television booth and will be joined by Jim Deshaies, who comes to the Cubs after 16 years in the  Astros television booth. Former broadcaster Bob Brenly took a TV job with the Diamondbacks this offseason.

The Cubs will also be broadcasting 36 0f 39 spring contests on either WGN Radio, MLB.com, WGN Television, CSN or MLB Network. You can find the spring broadcast schedule here.

The first televised spring game, featuring Deshaies’ debut, will be Saturday, March 16, when the Cubs host Kansas City on WGN. Comcast SportsNet’s first game will be Monday, March 25, vs. San Francisco.

Cubs TV play-by-play announcer Len Kasper will again join Mick Gillispie, radio broadcaster for Chicago’s Double-A Tennessee affiliate, for most of the cubs.com internet radio broadcasts

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