1) Where can I listen to the game in [insert your town here]?
We keep a detailed affiliate list here.
2) Where can I listen to the game online?
Our affiliate stations own the terrestrial radio rights to Gamecock athletics. However, IMG College owns the streaming radio rights to Gamecock athletics. As part of their contract agreement, all affiliate stations must disable their live streaming during South Carolina football, basketball, and baseball broadcasts. Violators are subject to penalty by IMG College.
3) Can I listen to the game on my phone?
Yes, via Gamecock All-Access or the Gameday App. Both offer live audio streaming of Gamecock football, men’s basketball, baseball, and coaches’ show broadcasts, in addition to on-demand audio and video feature content. You can also listen to archived broadcasts and press conferences.
Please Note: the Gamecock IMG Sports Network does not have control over the availability, reliability, or sound quality of these audio streams. If you’re experiencing technical problems, we appreciate you bringing them to our attention.
4) What if I have a TuneIn, IHeartRadio, or other radio listening app on my phone?
You won’t be able to listen. If a station has disabled its live streaming, a TuneIn, IHeartRadio, or other radio app will not apply.
5) How can I sync up the radio with the TV call?
Because of differences in satellite transmissions, as well as our own FCC-mandated 7-second delay, the radio call will not always match up to the TV. There are devices you can buy, such as SportSync, that will even out the delay.
6) Why do certain stations carry all Gamecock baseball games, while some only carry SEC and post-season games?
Because of scheduling conflicts, staffing concerns, or local programming restrictions, some stations don’t have the ability to run a full broadcast schedule. To still maintain a Gamecock presence in their market, they may elect to carry only SEC and post-season series.
7) How come you don’t have a station in my hometown?
Say you live in Raleigh, North Carolina. Why doesn’t a station there carry South Carolina football? Simply put, there aren’t enough Gamecock fans in Raleigh – and more importantly, advertisers who want to target them — to justify a station carrying the games.
Each year, the IMG College Affiliate Relations team travels to every market in South Carolina, trying to line up new affiliates and renew existing ones. We always strive for 100% penetration. However, for the same reasons listed above – scheduling conflicts, staffing concerns, or other programming obligations – in certain markets, no radio station may be willing to invest in becoming a Gamecock IMG Sports Network affiliate.
8) But I live in an area that has an affiliate station listed. Why can’t I hear the game?
You may have an affiliate station that’s designated for your market, but its signal doesn’t reach your home. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do. Stations’ signals are sometimes stronger in one direction than another.
Also, AM radio stations have different signal strengths in the daytime and nighttime. By law, they have to “power down” their signal at night. Thus, you may be able to hear Gamecock baseball broadcasts during the day, but can’t pick it up once the sun goes down. Lastly, did you check to see whether your station is carrying the game?
9) If a Gamecock basketball game or coaches’ show airs at the same time as a Gamecock baseball game, why do stations have to carry the basketball game/coaches’ show?
Invariably, overlaps occur during a season. As part of our radio agreement, the sport with more affiliates statewide always takes priority on pre-emptions. Currently, we have more basketball affiliates than baseball. In fairness to our affiliates, and the sponsors who count on our network coverage, we have to offer on our satellite channel the sport that’s carried by more of our stations. From an ethical and business standpoint, it’s the right thing to do.
We also defer to the “ongoing” sport. A late-season conference game should, and will, take priority over an early-season non-conference game. Wins and losses do not factor into this decision. It’s about staying consistent with our affiliates and our sponsors’ expectations.
10) Is the baseball game on XM?
For selected conference games only. XM has three dedicated SEC channels (199-201), which makes carrying every South Carolina game impossible. Each week, XM selects the games it chooses to carry. We will notify you when they decide to pick up a Gamecock broadcast (they usually make the decision early in the week).
We hope this clears up some of the questions you may have had. Thanks for listening – we look forward to signing on next!