Sports radio (or sports talk radio) is a radio format devoted entirely to discussion and broadcasting of sporting events. A widespread programming genre that has a narrow audience appeal,[2] sports radio is characterized by an often-boisterous on-air style and extensive debate and analysis by both hosts and callers. Many sports talk stations also carry play-by-play of local sports teams as part of their regular programming. Hosted by Bill Mazer, the first sports talk radio show in history launched in March 1964 on New York's WNBC (AM).[3]

Soon after WNBC launched its program, in 1965 Seton Hall University's radio station, WSOU, started "Hall Line," a call-in sports radio talk show that focuses on Seton Hall Basketball. Having celebrated its 50th anniversary on air during the 2015-2016 season, "Hall Line," which broadcasts to central and northern New Jersey as well as all five boroughs of New York, is the oldest and longest running sports talk call-in show in the NY-NJ Metropolitan area-- and is believed to be the oldest in the nation. [4]

Enterprise Radio Network became the first national all-sports network, operating out of Avon, Connecticut, from New Year's Day 1981 through late September of that year before going out of business. ER had two channels, one for talk and a second for updates and play-by-play. ER's talk lineup included current New York Yankees voice John Sterling, New York Mets radio host Ed Coleman and former big-league pitcher Bill Denehy.

Sports talk is available in local, network and syndicated forms, is available in multiple languages, and is carried in multiple forms on both major North American satellite radio networks. In the United States, most sports talk formatted radio stations air syndicated programming from ESPN Radio, Yahoo! Sports Radio, Sports Byline USA, Fox Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio, or NBC Sports Radio, while in the Spanish language, ESPN Deportes Radio is the largest current network. In contrast, Canadian sports talk stations may carry a national brand (such as TSN Radio or Sportsnet Radio) but carry mostly local programming, with American-based shows filling in gaps. Compared to other formats, sports radio is not as popular on Internet radio; as a live and interactive format, it does not lend itself well to voice-tracking (thus raising the cost and required labor to keep a station running 24/7), and most sports leagues place their radio broadcasts behind a paywall or provide their broadcasts directly to the consumer, though sports podcasting is a popular alternative to address this problem.

As with most other radio formats, sports radio uses dayparting. ESPN Radio, for instance, insists that its affiliates carry Mike and Mike in the Morning during morning drive time to provide as much national clearance as possible; in contrast, it carries less prominent programming in the afternoon drive to accommodate local sports talk, as well as in the evening (for its first two decades, rolling score updates aired under the banner of GameNight) to allow stations to break away for local sporting events. Somewhat unusually for radio, the late-night and overnight hosts have more prominence on a sports talk network, due to a near-complete lack of local preemption; Sports Byline USA, for instance, only operates overnights.

Sports radio stations typically depend on drawing an audience that fits advertiser-friendly key demographics, particularly young men with the disposable income to invest in sports fandom, since the format does not have the broad appeal to reach a critical mass in the general public. Prominent sports radio stations typically get their greatest listenership from live play-by-play of local major professional sports league or college sports franchises; less prominent stations (especially on the AM dial) may not have this option because of poorer (or for daytime-only stations, non-existent) nighttime signals and smaller budgets for rights fees.

Sports talk stations

Terrestrial

Australia

Canada

Call signBrandingOwnershipCityProvince
CFACSportsnet 960 The FanRogers CommunicationsCalgaryAlberta
CFGOTSN Radio 1200Bell MediaOttawaOntario
CFRNTSN Radio 1260Bell MediaEdmontonAlberta
CFTETSN Radio 1410Bell MediaVancouverBritish Columbia
CKGMTSN Radio 690Bell MediaMontrealQuebec
CKSTTSN Radio 1040Bell MediaVancouverBritish Columbia
CJCLSportsnet 590 The FanRogers CommunicationsTorontoOntario
CHUMTSN Radio 1050Bell MediaTorontoOntario
CFRWTSN Radio 1290Bell MediaWinnipegManitoba

China

Ireland

New Zealand

South Africa

Nigeria

88.9 Brila FM: Sports Radio 88.9 Brila FM, owned by Brila Broadcasting Services, is Nigeria's first sports radio station and was launched in 2002.[5]

Philippines

DZSR Sports Radio 918 kHz is the first and only sports radio station owned by the Philippine Broadcasting Service.

United Kingdom

United States

In 2009, Detroit's "97.1 The Ticket" WXYT-FM, thanks to the surprising time slot dominance of shows like Valenti and Foster, in addition to holding the play-by-play rights for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Lions and the Detroit Pistons, became the USA's only sports talk radio station to be the highest rated station in their market, according to Portable People Meter rankings. The station relocated to the FM dial in October 2007 after existing on the AM dial for seven years prior, replacing a Free FM "hot talk" station, WKRK. This ratings success has led to WXYT-FM billing itself as the country's best sports station.

WXYT-FM's recent influence has led to CBS Radio installing sports radio stations on the FM dial in Dallas (105.3 The Fan), Boston (98.5 The Sports Hub), Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan), Washington, DC (106.7 The Fan), Baltimore (105.7 The Fan) and Cleveland (92.3 The Fan), in addition to simulcasting Philadelphia's heritage 610 WIP onto the former WYSP. Other non-CBS stations have also migrated to the FM dial, most notably Clear Channel's KFAN in Minneapolis, Greater Media's WPEN in Pennsylvania and Dispatch Media's WBNS-FM in Columbus, just to name a few.

More recently, a number large number of listeners have begun to make internet radio the primary medium of choice. Major market leaders such as ESPN, NBC, CBS, Yahoo, and Fox have invested in the creation of their own proprietary sports apps for streaming radio distribution on Apple, Android, and Windows devices. Other independent market leaders such as Sports Radio America choose to stream their content through non proprietary apps including Live 365 and Tune In.

Sortable lists of commercial sports talk radio stations:

K
Call signBrandingAffiliationOwnershipCityState
KBAD920 The GameNBC Sports RadioLotus Broadcasting Corp.Las VegasNevada
KBGG1700 The ChampESPN RadioCitadel BroadcastingDes MoinesIowa
KBME790 The Sports AnimalFox Sports RadioClear Channel CommunicationsHoustonTexas
KCKK/K229BS (FM)Mile High Sports Radio AM 1510/FM 93.7Yahoo! Sports RadioMile High SportsDenverColorado
KCSP610 SportsEntercomKansas CityMissouri
KIFMESPN 1320ESPN RadioEntercomSacramento-Yuba CityCalifornia
KDKA-FMSportsRadio 93.7 The FanCBS Sports RadioCBS RadioPittsburghPennsylvania
KDKTKDKT Sports RadioCBS Sports RadioDigital Syndicate Network, LLCBismarckNorth Dakota
KEJO1240 Joe RadioFox Sports RadioClear Channel CommunicationsCorvallisOregon
KESN103.3 FM ESPNESPN Radio (O&O)Disney/ABC RadioDallas/Fort WorthTexas
KFBC1240 AM Sports and talkMRN RadioLocally ownedCheyenneWyoming
KFNCESPN 97.5 The TicketESPN RadioGOW Communications, LLCHoustonTexas
KFNQAM 1090 The FanCBS Sports RadioCBS RadioSeattleWashington
KFXN-FM100.3 KFANThe FAN Sports Radio NetworkClear Channel CommunicationsMinneapolis-St. PaulMinnesota
KFXXESPN Sports Radio 1080 The FANESPN RadioEntercomPortlandOregon
KGIRESPN Radio 1220ESPN RadioMRR LICENSE LLCCape GirardeauMissouri
KGMEXTRA Sports 910Fox Sports RadioClear ChannelPhoenixArizona
KGMZ95.7 The GameESPN RadioEntercomSan Francisco-OaklandCalifornia
KGOW1560 The GameYahoo! Sports Radio (O&O)Gow Communications, LLCHoustonTexas
KHKANBC Sports Radio 1500AMNBC Sports RadioBlow Up, LLCHonoluluHawaii
KHTKCBS Sports 1140CBS Sports RadioCBS RadioSacramentoCalifornia
KHATESPN Sportsradio 1210ESPN RadioAppaloosa Broadcasting Company, IncLaramieWyoming
KHHOFox Sports Radio 850Fox Sports RadioClear Channel CommunicationsTacomaWashington
KIKRSports Radio 1450CBS Sports RadioCumulus MediaBeaumontTexas
KILTSports Radio 610CBS RadioHoustonTexas
KIRO710 ESPN SeattleESPN RadioBonneville InternationalSeattleWashington
KJRSports Radio 950 and 92.7Fox Sports RadioClear Channel CommunicationsSeattleWashington
KJTVAM 950/100.7 FMNBC Sports RadioLubbockTexas
KKFNSportsradio 104.3 The FanLincoln Financial GroupDenverColorado
KLAAAM 830 KLAALos Angeles Angels and ESPN RadioLos Angeles AngelsAnaheimCalifornia
KLACAM 570 KLACFox Sports RadioClear ChannelLos Angeles-FresnoCalifornia
KLSDXTRA Sports 1360, "San Diego's Sports Station"Fox Sports RadioClear Channel CommunicationsSan DiegoCalifornia
KMSRSports Radio 1520ESPN RadioKMSR, Inc.Grand Forks and FargoNorth Dakota
KNBRThe Sports LeaderCBS Sports RadioCumulus MediaSan Francisco-SacramentoCalifornia
KOZN1620 AM The ZoneFox Sports RadioNRG MediaOmahaNebraska
KPLYFox Sports Radio 630Fox Sports RadioDisneyRenoNevada
KQPN730 Fox SportsFox Sports RadioSimmons-Austin, Ls, LLCMemphisTennessee
KRLD-FM105.3 The FanFox Sports RadioCBS RadioDallasTexas
KRKOFox Sports Radio 1380Fox Sports RadioEverettWashington
KRXO1270 The FranchiseClaremore/TulsaOklahoma
KSEK99.1 The TicketESPN RadioSKILPittsburgKansas
KSPISports Talk 780CBS Sports RadioStillwater Radio LLCStillwaterOklahoma
KSPN710 ESPN, "Experience Sports!"ESPN Radio (O&O)DisneyLos AngelesCalifornia
KSTP1500 ESPNESPN RadioHubbard BroadcastingMinneapolis-St. PaulMinnesota
KTARSports 620ESPN RadioBonneville InternationalPhoenixArizona
KTCK"The Ticket"Yahoo! Sports RadioCumulus MediaDallasTexas
KTCT"The Sports Leader"NBC Sports RadioCumulus MediaSan MateoCalifornia
KTDD"Fox Sports Radio 1350"Fox Sports RadioiHeartMedia, Inc.San BernardinoCalifornia
KTLT"The Ticket"CBS Sports RadioCumulus MediaAnsonTexas
KTTGESPN Sports Radio 96.3ESPN RadioPearson BroadcastingMenaArkansas
KUJZSportsradio 95.3CBS Sports RadioCumulus MediaEugeneOregon
KVET"AM 1300 The Zone"iHeartMediaAustinTexas
KWKWRadio DeportesESPN Deportes RadioLotus Los Angeles Corp.Los AngelesCalifornia
KXTG750/102.9 The GameNBC Sports RadioAlpha BroadcastingPortlandOregon
KXNODes Moines' Sports StationFox Sports RadioClear ChannelDes MoinesIowa
KZNS1280 The ZoneSimmons Media GroupSalt Lake CityUtah
W
Call signBrandingAffiliationOwnershipCityState
WARFFox Sports 1350Fox Sports RadioClear ChannelAkronOhio
WAUK540 ESPNESPN RadioGood Karma BroadcastingMilwaukeeWisconsin
WAXY790 The TicketESPN RadioLincoln Financial GroupSouth MiamiFlorida
WBBLThe BallESPN Radio / Yahoo! Sports RadioCitadel BroadcastingGrand RapidsMichigan
WBNS1460 ESPNESPN RadioDispatch Broadcast Group (RadiOhio)ColumbusOhio
WBNS-FM97.1 The FanESPN RadioDispatch Broadcast Group (RadiOhio)ColumbusOhio
WBZ-FM98.5 The Sports HubCBS Sports RadioCBS RadioBostonMassachusetts
WCCFThe Sports Ministry 1580 AMClear ChannelPort CharlotteFlorida
WCKYESPN 1530ESPN RadioClear ChannelCincinnatiOhio
WCMC-FM99.9 the FanESPN RadioCapitol Broadcasting CompanyRaleighNorth Carolina
WCNN680 The FanCBS Sports RadioDickey Broadcasting CompanyAtlantaGeorgia
WDAE620 WDAE The Sports AnimalFox Sports RadioClear ChannelTampaFlorida
WDFN1130 AM WDFN: The FanFox Sports RadioClear ChannelDetroitMichigan
WDNC620 the BuzzESPN RadioCapitol Broadcasting CompanyRaleighNorth Carolina
WDUZSports Radio 107.5 and 1400 The FanESPN RadioCumulus MediaGreen BayWisconsin
WEEIESPN on WEEIESPN RadioEntercom CommunicationsBostonMassachusetts
WEEI-FMWEEI Sports Radio NetworkWEEI/ESPN Radio/NBC Sports RadioEntercom CommunicationsBostonMassachusetts
WEEXSportsRadio 1230 and 1320ESPN RadioNassau BroadcastingLehigh ValleyPennsylvania
WEPN-FMESPN New York 98.7 FMESPN Radio (O&O)New York CityNew York
WFANSports Radio 66 and 101.9 FM WFAN: The FanCBS RadioNew York CityNew York
WFAN-FMSports Radio 66 and 101.9 FM WFAN: The FanCBS RadioNew York CityNew York
WFNI1070 The FanESPN RadioEmmis CommunicationsIndianapolisIndiana
WFNZThe FranchiseCBS RadioCharlotteNorth Carolina
WFXJSports Radio 930Fox Sports RadioClear ChannelJacksonvilleFlorida
WGAM1250 The GameAbsolute BroadcastingManchesterNew Hampshire
WGFX104.5 The ZoneNashvilleTennessee
WGRWGR Sports Radio 550ESPN RadioEntercom CommunicationsBuffaloNew York
WHBSports Radio 810 WHBESPN RadioUnion BroadcastingKansas CityMissouri
WHBOESPN 1040ESPN RadioGenesis CommunicationsTampa BayFlorida
WHBQSports 56Yahoo! Sports RadioFlinn Broadcasting CorporationMemphisTennessee
WHLL"Sports Radio 1450 The Hall"CBS Sports RadioCumulus MediaSpringfieldMassachusetts
• WICKNEPA Sports Radio THE GAMEFox Sports RadioBold Gold MediaScranton/Wilkes-BarrePennsylvania
WIP-FMSports Radio 94 WIPCBS RadioPhiladelphiaPennsylvania
WHLD"Sportsradio 1270 The FAN"BuffaloNew York
WJOXJox 94.5Fox Sports RadioCitadel BroadcastingBirminghamAlabama
WJOX-FMJox 94.5ESPN RadioCitadel BroadcastingBirminghamAlabama
WJFK-FM106.7 The FanFox Sports RadioCBS RadioWashington, DCWashington DC
WJXL1010 XLESPN RadioAM: Seven Bridges Radio
FM: River City Broadcasting
JacksonvilleFlorida
WJZESPN Radio 1300ESPN RadioCBS RadioBaltimoreMaryland
WJZ-FM105.7 The FanFox Sports RadioCBS RadioBaltimoreMaryland
WKRDCards Radio 790Fox Sports RadioClear ChannelLouisvilleKentucky
WKNRESPN 850 WKNR
ESPN Cleveland[6]
ESPN RadioGood Karma BrandsClevelandOhio
WKRK-FM92.3 The FanCBS Sports RadioCBS RadioClevelandOhio
WLLFESPN 96.7ESPN RadioCumulus MediaMercerPennsylvania
WLOP1370 The BUZZFox Sports RadioJesup BroadcastingJesupGeorgia
WMFSESPN 92.9 & 680ESPN RadioEntercom CommunicationsMemphisTennessee
WMFS-FMESPN 92.9 & 680ESPN RadioEntercom CommunicationsMemphisTennessee
WMVPESPN Radio 1000ESPN Radio (O&O)ESPNChicagoIllinois
WNDESportsradio 1260Fox Sports RadioClear ChannelIndianapolisIndiana
WNMLThe Sports AnimalCBS Sports RadioCumulus MediaKnoxvilleTennessee
WNSRSports Radio 560Southern Wabash Communications of Middle Tennessee, Inc.NashvilleTennessee
WNSTSports Talk 1570 WNSTNasty 1570 Sports, LLCTowson
Baltimore
Maryland
WOYKSports Radio 1350NBC Sports RadioYork Professional Baseball Club, LLCYorkPennsylvania
WPEN97.5 The FanaticESPN RadioGreater Media PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPennsylvania
WPOPFox Sports Radio 1410Fox Sports RadioClear Channel CommunicationsHartfordConnecticut
WPRT-FM102.5 The GameCromwell GroupNashvilleTennessee
WQAMSportsradio 560ESPN RadioBeasley Broadcast GroupMiamiFlorida
WQXI790 The ZoneESPN RadioLincoln Financial MediaAtlantaGeorgia
WRNLSports Radio 910Fox Sports RadioClear Channel CommunicationsRichmondVirginia
WSAIFox Sports 1360Fox Sports RadioClear ChannelCincinnatiOhio
WSCRChicago Sports Radio 670 The ScoreYahoo! Sports RadioCBS RadioChicagoIllinois
WSFZSuperSport 930Sportsrad, Inc.JacksonMississippi
WSJKESPN 93.5Stevie Jay BroadcastingChampaign-Urbana, IllinoisIllinois
WSPZSports Talk 570ESPN RadioRed Zebra BroadcastingBethesdaMaryland
WTELCBSSportsRadio 610AMCBS Sports RadioCBS RadioPhiladelphiaPennsylvania
WTEMESPN 980ESPN RadioRed Zebra BroadcastingWashington, DCWashington DC
WTKAThe Leaders and BestCumulus MediaAnn ArborMichigan
WTLXFM 100.5 ESPNESPN RadioGood Karma BroadcastingMadisonWisconsin
WTMM-FM104.5 The TeamESPN RadioTownsquare MediaAlbanyNew York
WUCS97.9 ESPNESPN RadioClear Channel CommunicationsHartfordConnecticut
WUMPSportsRadio 730 The UMPESPN RadioCumulus MediaHuntsvilleAlabama
WUUBESPN 106.3ESPN RadioGood Karma BroadcastingWest Palm BeachFlorida
WVEISportsRadio 1440 WEEIWEEI/ESPN RadioEntercom CommunicationsWorcesterMassachusetts
WVEI-FMSportsRadio 103.7 WEEI-FMWEEI/ESPN RadioEntercom CommunicationsProvidence, Rhode IslandRhode Island
WVSP-FMESPN Radio 94.1ESPN RadioMax Broadcast Group Holdings, Inc.Virginia BeachVirginia
WWBUSuperSports 101.7Fox Sports RadioCumulus MediaRadfordVirginia
WWEISportsRadio 105.5 WEEI-FMWEEI/ESPN RadioEntercom CommunicationsSpringfieldMassachusetts
WWGKESPN 1540 KNR2
ESPN Cleveland[6]
ESPN RadioGood Karma BrandsClevelandOhio
WWTX1290 The TicketFox Sports RadioClear Channel Media & EntertainmentWilmingtonDelaware
WXFNFox Sports RadioBackyard BroadcastingMuncieIndiana
WXLWXL 950Yahoo! Sports RadioRaven BroadcastingIndianapolisIndiana
WXOSESPN 101.1ESPN RadioHubbard BroadcastingEast St. Louis/St. LouisIllinois/Missouri
WXYT-FM97.1 The TicketYahoo! Sports RadioCBS RadioDetroitMichigan
WYTK"93.9 THE SCORE"ESPN RadioValley BroadcastingRogersville/Florence, ALAlabama

Satellite

Sirius XM

Internet Sports Radio

  • Victory Lane Radio Racing on Monday Nights and Football Frenzy on Wednesday Nights.
  • RIVAL Radio 809 Sports Programming all day long, with a little something special at night.
  • Sports Radio America Home to the next generation of independent sports radio talk show producers from around America.

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