The practice of listening to the home town team on the radio and watching the game on TV is as alive and well today as it ever was. The connection formed between the radio broadcaster and the listener is extraordinary! This is a trusting relationship only radio can provide. This connection can drive sales and help to build your brand.
The big game is a big deal for radio stations and it is here next weekend! And you can bet everyone across the country will be tuning in to hear the Pats and Eagles play-by-play. Westwood One will cover the game nationally. Listeners coast-to-coast can hear the game called by their favorite announcers including Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason, and this year also includes Hall of Fame reporter Ed Werder. Local announcers in Boston and Philadelphia include WBZ’s Bob Socci and Scott Zolak, and WIP’s Merrill Reese and Mike Quick.
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Sports fans are amazing! They will go to an event to watch “their” team play – whether it is 102 degrees or 2 degrees – they are there. They identify with their teams and according to research on the subject, one professor of psychological and brain sciences was quoted as saying: “A huge part of who they are, where they derive a lot of their positive and negative affect, is from what their team is doing.”
Sports fans are very similar to radio listeners. Both groups have strong emotional connections with the person or persons they are tuned in to. So when you combine a sports fan that is also an avid radio listener, it’s a powerful combination.
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“I’m a purple person.” “I prefer basic black.” “I like to wear bold colors.” People have distinctive tastes and preferences when it comes to clothing or accessories. These preferences are personal, similar to that of radio listening, and similarly, music choice.
A researcher at Heriot-Watt University in the U.K. studied over 36,000 participants’ ratings of 104 music styles and found a direct correlation to their personalities. The study showed that heavy metal music fans are normally calm and comfortable around others, while classical music lovers are often shy and creative. Hard-working and outgoing would be words to describe pop and country music listeners. The relationship between radio and the listener has always been an emotional one but what they listen to is not just personal, it is an extension of who they are.
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“There’s nothing like listening to my Red Sox on the radio outdoors or in the car.”
“I listen to play- by-play more than watch games on TV since I do not have cable anymore.”
“I enjoy the freedom of listening to the radio for sports programs as it allows me the freedom to be outside working on various projects.”
“Announcers are funny. Commercials seem less intrusive and I don’t mind the interruption as much.”
These are just a few of the quotes we grabbed from an informal online survey regarding Sports Radio listening habits — sports radio simply works and works hard for those that are passionate about sports. It’s not just the “big” games, it’s every game. It’s the conversation, it’s the debate, it’s the voices, it’s the surprise, delight, defeat, and it’s simply the passion for sports that fuels the beast.
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of the Park for Fans”
According to Statista, there will be well over 220 million smartphone users by the end of 2017. These users will engage with radio in various ways – texting, downloading or just listening in.
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Over 247 million people tune in to radio every week. Their reason for tune-in varies; it may be to find out about the weather or to get traffic and transit updates. Whatever the reason, they all have one thing in common – they listen because of the connection they have with the radio station and the personalities on that station. During Advertising Week, radio’s ability to “provide a personal connection with listeners that no one else does” and “color a blank canvas” for sports fans was discussed during two separate sessions: “Let Us Entertain You” and “Huddle Up – Radio Sets the Score,” each moderated by RAB president and CEO Erica Farber.
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