For football fans who can’t be in front of a TV or an internet-connected device this Sunday, February 7, radio remains one of the best ways to catch Super Bowl 50. In the US Westwood One Sports remains the exclusive radio network broadcasting the game. The network has hundreds of affiliates, so it should be easy to find one near you.
As is traditional, the home market station for the two teams will have their local talent call the game instead of carrying the national feed. In Denver, Broncos home stations KOA 850 AM and KRFX 103.5 FM will have Dave Logan on play-by-play and Ed McCaffrey on color commentary. For the Panthers, WBT 1110 AM / 99.3 FM will broadcast to North Carolina.
Satellite radio subscribers in both the US and Canada on SiriusXM can hear Super Bowl 50 on channel 88. U.S. Military personnel stationed overseas should be able to listen on their local Armed Forces Network affiliate.
Spanish speakers can hear the game in that language on ESPN Deportes Radio.
Super Bowl 50 on Internet Radio
If you’ll be somewhere with poor radio reception but good internet there are a few options.
While many terrestrial sports stations have internet streams, NFL games–including the Super Bowl–are usually blocked from the webcast. However, last year I discovered that the competitors’ home stations–KIRO in Seattle and WBZ in Boston–indeed were broadcasting the game online.
This year Denver’s KOA says that it will broadcast the game online. WBT in North Carolina has not indicated on its website if Super Bowl coverage will be on its webcast.
On the paid side of the equation the NFL Game Pass is always a choice. It may also be a free one, if you take advantage of a 7-day free trial offer running now through February 10.
TuneIn will offer KOA’s and WBT’s coverage to subscribers of its Premium service. SiriusXM All Access internet subscribers get access to the national, Broncos and Panthers feeds, as well as broadcasts in Spanish, Hungarian, Japanese, French, Portuguese, Cantonese, and German.
International Radio Coverage of Super Bowl 50
Outside the US radio listening is pretty much limited to Canada and the UK, although the Super Bowl is widely broadcast on television internationally. The BBC will broadcast it on Radio 5 on AM and FM, and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra on digital (DAB). The TSN Radio network broadcasts the game to Canadians in Edmonton, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.
Every year I find it a fascinating exercise trying to figure out where in the world you can hear the Super Bowl on the radio. I’m still a little disappointed that the options are few outside the UK and North America.
Let us know in the comments if you know of other international or internet radio broadcasts of Super Bowl 50
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