CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs play-by-play man Len Kasper is switching teams.
Kasper is leaving the Cubs’ Marquee Sports Network for the White Sox radio booth. He will join Darrin Jackson on ESPN 1000, which is the new home of the Sox.
ESPN 1000 made the formal announcement Friday morning.
Kasper released the following statement on Twitter: “A huge, enormous THANK YOU. To the @whitesox for welcoming me & the @Cubs for an amazing 16 yrs. The support from the fans is overwhelming. I deeply love the game, this city & the GREAT people w/ the Cubs & Marquee. & now excited to join the Sox/ESPN 1000 family. I’m a lucky dude.”
Kasper will be the permanent replacement for the late Ed Farmer, the longtime Sox broadcaster who passed away in April.
Kasper has been the voice of the Cubs since 2005. He came to the North Side after broadcasting stints with the Florida Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers. His replacement with the Cubs will reportedly be Fox Sports’ Chris Myers. Myers currently calls NFL games, and has been with Fox Sports for 22 years.
The last broadcast shake up happened in the early 1980’s, when Harry Caray left the Sox for the Cubs. Kasper matched Caray’s tenure with the Cubs — 16 years.
The Cubs sent well wishes to Kasper on Twitter, saying, “Wishing you all the best fulfilling your dream in radio, @LenKasper! Looking forward to seeing you around town.”