Remember the days not so long ago when Georgia and Auburn were the only two college football programs represented on local radio stations?
That definitely won’t be the case this year.
Six college football programs will have their games heard on local radio stations. Four are returning from last season — although one has a new home — one is returning to the market, and one is new to the market.
Georgia no longer will be on PMB’s WRCG-AM 1420. The Bulldogs are moving to Clear Channel’s WGSY-FM 100.1. In addition to carrying the games, WGSY also will have the expanded pregame and postgame shows. The pregame show will be four hours and the postgame call-in show will be two hours.
Auburn and Troy will stay on WVRK-FM 102.9 and WDAK-AM 540, respectively, which are Clear Channel properties.
Davis Broadcasting’s WEAM-AM 1580 will continue to be the home of Alabama football.
Georgia Tech will return to the area. The Jackets will be on WHAL-AM 1460, a Clear Channel station that carries Fox Sports Radio. WHAL will broadcast the two-hour pregame and 30-minute postgame shows.
New to the area this season will be Georgia Southern. The Eagles have landed on WRCG.
Only Georgia and Auburn will have their men’s basketball games carried locally for the 2009-10 season. Georgia will be on WHAL, while Auburn will be on WSHE-AM 1270.
WDAK will continue to air Atlanta Falcons’ games. New this season is that WHAL also will carry a pair of NFL games Sunday afternoons. WEAM will carry the broadcasts for the Sunday night and Monday night NFL games.
On the high school level, Central-Phenix City’s games will be on WAGH-FM 101.3, while WOKS-AM 1340 will carry a game involving Columbus schools.
WHAL also is adding a pair of local sports talk shows. “In the Game” can be heard from 5-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Chris Blackshear will host “Game Time,” a show on Fridays from 6-9 a.m. that will preview the weekend of high school, college and pro football.