In case anyone doubted that sports radio programming hasn’t exploded, just take a look at programming related to and coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII. Though none of the big sports radio networks gets to broadcast the big game itself — that’s the purview of WestwoodOne — no one is taking their ball and going home. CBS Sports Radio, ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio and NBC Sports Radio are all spending the week, bringing their A Teams with their A Games to the New York City area, where the game will be played, Feb. 3.
In alphabetical order, to not offend anyone.
CBS Sports Radio promised 75 hours of programming starting the morning of Jan. 27 and running pretty much through Super Bowl Week. Setting the template for most, coverage will be based in the New York area, either at locales or the official Super Bowl media center and feature analysis and interviews with experts, current and former football players and coaches.
CBS Sports Radio is also bringing teams from some of its affiliates for live remotes: WBZ(FM), Boston, WSCR(AM), Chicago, KRLD(FM), Dallas, KILT(AM), Houston, WFAN(AM/FM), New York, WHFS(FM), Tampa, Fla., and WJFK(FM), Washington.
The CBS Sports Radio website will stream programs and they will also be available on Radio.com and the CBS Sports app for mobile devices.
CBS Sports Radio Director, Programming, Eric Spitz said, “With the Super Bowl, the premier sporting event in our country, happening right in our back yard, there was no doubt that CBS Sports Radio would go wall-to-wall covering all of the pre-game stories, news and interviews.”
ESPN Radio boasts that it will be cranking out 115 hours of Super Bowl-related programming and 11 live shows. Making use of its New York WEPN(FM) outlet’s personnel, ESPN Radio will have studio audiences at some local live remotes, including national shows “Mike & Mike” and “The Herd With Colin Cowherd.”
ESPN Radio is also available at the website, SiriusXM Radio and the ESPN Radio mobile app.
Like others, Fox Sports Radio will be live broadcasting most of its national shows from New York locales for the week. Perhaps its standout highlight is using Super Bowl Week to debut a new show, “Steve Gorman Sports!”
NBC Sports Radio is bringing its national shows to the Big Apple and some locations in New Jersey. It gets the award for the most exotic remote locations with two shows airing on Saturday, Feb. 1, from the Bud Light Hotel, a Norwegian Getaway cruise ship docked at Pier 88. Erik Kuselias will have a special program from the Harmon Kardon/JBL store on Madison Avenue earlier that day.
It will also make use of some WestwoodOne material. NBC Sports radio is a partnership between NBC Sports and WestwoodOne. NBC Sports Radio programming will be available at its website or through its NBC Sports Radio mobile app.
And speaking of WestwoodOne, the program syndicator has the radio play-by-play of the Super Bowl game for the 27th straight year. It also plans a full day of pregame programming.
This programming and the game will be available through more than 700 radio broadcast affiliates, American Forces Radio Network, SiriusXM satellite radio, the NFL.com Audiopass stream and the official NFL Mobile app.
Starting at noon with a preview show, there’ll be a series of pregame shows with reporters, analysts, current and former players. There’ll also be musical interludes. Play-by-play will be delivered by Kevin Harlan with color commentary from Boomer Esiason, for their fourth year in a row as a team.
Of course, if you aren’t a fan of the Super Bowl, you might be limited in your sports radio listening this week.