HAMMOND | Ryan Walsh has always admired the solid professionalism of Pat Hughes, WGN radio's veteran play-by-play man for the Chicago Cubs.
But he misses the unrefined passion of Hughes' former partner in the booth, Ron Santo.
"When you tuned in a broadcast, you could tell instantly if the Cubs were winning or losing just by the tone of his voice," Walsh said of the late hall of famer whose emotions often kept radio-edit personnel on their toes.
"He was such a fan. Then you had ideal straight man in Pat Hughes. They were a perfect pair."
Walsh is the sports director at WJOB. He's also the stations morning show producer and intern manager.
He is also coordinating the station's coverage of the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series to take place Aug. 9-16 at the Hammond Optimist Youth Sports Complex.
"It's going be a great thing to highlight the area as well as the area businesses," Walsh said. "And it's a beautiful complex. It's going to be nice to see it filled with fans from all over the country."
Walsh, who studied radio broadcasting at Indiana University and did sports play-by-play for the college's radio station, will do some live play-by-play for games featuring local teams, as well as pre-game and post-game interviews.
"We'll also be live video streaming every game," Walsh said, "and not just at our web site."
Walsh said that the station now has an mobile application ... an app ... that can be accessed from any iPad, iPhone or Android Phone.
"I was just in Korea last week, and I tested it out with my phone," Walsh said. "So if you have your cell phone with you, you can tune into our station, listen and watch our shows as we now video our shows, and watch any game being played ... from anywhere in the world."
Walsh said the pending triple-threat coverage — radio, website and app — of the World Series will be a "spring board" for what they have planned for the upcoming 2013-2014 high school sports season.
"From what I've been told, we're going to be the first station doing all that for high school sports," Walsh said of WJOB, which is amid its 90th year on the air.
"It's going to be exciting to see how it turns out."