Listening to football on the radio is more than fanfare at its finest. It’s entertainment, and color for the background of the day, whether you’re relaxing, picnicking, driving, painting a wall, fishing, or doing myriad other things.
Five Grand Strand high schools – Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Socastee, Conway and Loris – will have their games air live on local radio.
With some recent shifts of broadcast outlets, a new Grand Strand roster card for this new season kicking off is in order. Fans of Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and Clemson Tigers football have new homes into which to tune.
CCU and Alpha Media’s WRNN-FM “Hot Talk” 99.5 have teamed up for gamecasts for the next three seasons. Matt Hogue, CCU’s director of athletics, said its gridiron broadcast crew stays the same, with Joe Cashion on play by play, Layne Harris adding color analysis, Chris Burgin reporting from the sidelines, and Joe Catenacci as pre- and postgame host with in-game updates.
That radio partnership through the 2019-20 seasons also scores with other CCU sports, for men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball, with games mainly on WRNN-FM 99.5, and extra coverage on WRNN-AM 1450 “ESPN Radio” and its FM 105.5 simulcast.
“This is a great time for Coastal Carolina sports, and we are honored to be a part of it – now and in the future,” said Josh Gertzog, general manager of Alpha Media-Myrtle Beach. “I think this will be a wonderful partnership for both parties.”
Byrne Acquisition Group’s “Easy Radio” simulcast WEZV-FM 105.9/WGTN-FM 100.7, and WYEZ-94.5 “The Tide,” will roar with the Tigers, on the heels of the team’s College Football Playoff national championship in January. Clemson games also remain a staple on WLSC-AM 1240 “Tiger Radio” of Loris.
Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers fans can keep their dials set at their usual places for the teams’ respective network coverage.
The Panthers – with Mick Mixon on the call, joined by Jim Szoke and Eugene Robinson – remain on familiar turf: WSEA-FM 100.3 “The Team,” which has added a “Big Boy Football Game of The Week” for college coverage on weekends, starting Sept. 2-3. Also, WRXZ-FM “Rock” 107.1, is by far, the most distant affiliate for the six-time Super Bowl-winning Black and Gold franchise’s flagship in western Pennsylvania, among other out-of-state outlets from Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.
Here’s a list of where football will fly on terrestrial, free radio, with two TV options to boot:
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Cumulus Myrtle Beach’s WSEA-FM 100.3 “The Team,” a CBS Sports Radio affiliate
- Socastee High School Braves.
- “Big Boy Football Game of The Week,” with many Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference games – Louisiana State vs. Brigham Young, at Houston, on Sept. 2; Texas A&M at University of California, Los Angeles on Sept. 3; Auburn at Clemson on Sept. 9; Miami at Florida State Sept. 16; Washington at Colorado Sept. 23; Southern California at Washington State Sept. 29; Georgia at Tennessee Sept. 30; Louisiana State at Florida, and Wisconsin at Nebraska, Oct. 7; Oklahoma vs. Texas, at Dallas, Oct. 14; Tennessee at Alabama, and Auburn at Arkansas, Oct. 21; Oklahoma State at West Virginia Oct. 28; Virginia Tech at Miami Nov. 4; Florida State at Clemson Nov. 11; Nebraska at Penn State Nov. 18; Ohio State at Michigan Nov. 25; SEC Championship Game, at Atlanta, Dec. 2; Army vs. Navy, at Philadelphia, Dec. 9; and Football Championship Subdivision Championship Game, at Frisco, Texas, Jan. 6.
- Carolina Panthers.
Alpha Media’s WRNN-FM “Hot Talk” 99.5
- Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers.
- North Myrtle Beach High School Chiefs, with Tyler Watkins and Wayne White.
Local iHeartRadio stations
- Myrtle Beach High School Seahawks, on WYNA-FM “Bob” 104.9.
- Conway High School Tigers, on WGTR-FM “Gator” 107.9.
- Pittsburgh Steelers, on WRXZ-FM “Rock” 107.1, with Bill Hillgrove, and two former Steelers – Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley.
Fidelity Broadcasting’s WEZV-FM 105.9/WGTN-FM 100.7 “Easy Radio” simulcast, and WYEZ-94.5 “The Tide”
- Clemson University Tigers, with Don Munson.
WLSC-AM 1240 “Tiger Radio” of Loris
- Loris High School Lions, Friday nights with Glenn Hardee and Mike Suggs.
- Clemson Tigers.
Colonial Media + Entertainment’s WMIR (formerly WJXY)-FM 93.9 “Carolina Country”
- University of South Carolina Gamecocks, with Todd Ellis and Tommy Suggs.
Prep games tackle television
With Allen Smothers on play by play:
- HTC “Game of the Week,” on HTC’s cable channel 4, 7:15 p.m. Fridays (and streamed at www.htcconnect.com), and rerun each week at 8 p.m Tuesdays and Thursdays: Loris at St. James on Aug. 18, North Myrtle Beach at Loris Aug. 25, St. James at Carolina Forest Sept. 1, Hartsville at Conway Sept. 8, Socastee at North Myrtle Beach Sept. 15, Carolina Forest at Loris Sept. 22, St. James at Myrtle Beach Oct. 6, Marlboro County at Myrtle Beach Oct. 13, Waccamaw at Loris Oct. 20, and Carolina Forest at Conway Oct. 27.
- “Thursday Night Lights,” with regional high school games on WWMB-TV “The CW” 21 – Hartsville at South Florence on Aug. 24, West Florence at Myrtle Beach Aug. 31, Marlboro County at Darlington Sept. 7, Myrtle Beach at Carolina Forest Sept. 14, Conway at Myrtle Beach Sept. 21, and Myrtle Beach at North Myrtle Beach Sept. 28. wpde.com/sports/thursday-night-lights/thursday-night-lights-schedule.