Canadians in downtown Toronto go wild over Canada winning the 2014 Winter
Olympics gold medal in men’s ice hockey. Credit: Shaheen Karolia/ Wiki Commons.
— Do you like Olympics ice hockey? Then radio is the medium for you during the
2018 Winter Olympics, taking place in South Korea’s Pyeongchang county, Feb. 9–25.
fact, ice hockey appears to be the only specific sport radio broadcasters in
the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States are focusing on, along with general
news briefs on the Winter Olympic Games’ overall progress.
a BBC Sports news release dated Feb. 8, the headline promised, “Winter
Olympics 2018: BBC Sport’s live coverage times on TV, radio & online.”
However, the text said that the BBC’s Olympics coverage was “on BBC TV, Red
Button (interactive video), Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app.”
mention of radio here.
a search for “radio” on this BBC Sports page revealed that BBC Radio 5
presented a pre-games preview on that day.
As well, BBC Radio 5 is scheduled to
provide live coverage of men and women’s ice hockey in the preliminary rounds
Feb. 11–16, as played by various countries.
other sports matches — just hockey.
Canada, the multi-platform broadcast rights for the 2018 Winter Olympics are
being shared by public broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada and private broadcasters
Bell Media and Rogers Media.
majority of Canada’s Olympics radio coverage is being carried on Bell Media’s
TSN Radio, a group of seven stations in major Canadian cities such as Toronto,
Montreal, and Vancouver.
the BBC, TSN Radio is focused on men and women’s ice hockey. Unlike the
BBC, it will carry fewer games in the preliminary rounds, and all will feature
Canadian teams. TSN Radio will also carry the semi-final and Gold Medal games
for both men’s and women’s ice hockey.
least Canadian radio’s focus on Olympic hockey makes sense. Not only is the
country hockey-mad, but Canada’s men’s and women’s teams both won gold medals
at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. So the interest in hockey here is
CBC Radio is broadcasting updates called “Olympic Games Report” within morning,
noon and afternoon shows across the CBC Radio network during the 2018 Winter
Games. “These updates include news and results from the Olympic Games as
well as interviews with Olympic athletes and members of CBC's TV broadcast
team,” said CBC spokesperson Simon Bassett.
no mistake: Hockey is a big part of that coverage.
content syndicator/official Olympics radio partner Westwood One, owned by
Cumulus Media, is offering radio coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics “From the
lighting of the flame to the closing ceremonies,” said the company’s website.
via satellite to Westwood One-affiliated radio stations in the U.S., this
coverage includes live short updates three times an hour on a 24/7 basis,
and a two-hour nightly show recapping the day’s “top events and biggest
stories, with highlights, analysis, (and) interviews.
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radio’s commitment to Olympic ice hockey, Westwood one is also offering
affiliates “Exclusive live play-by-play coverage of Team USA Hockey and the
Gold Medal Game.”
If it’s ice hockey that you love, then radio won’t let you down during the 2018
Winter Olympics. At least not in the U.K., Canada and the U.S.