Men's NCAA Basketball, March Madness, and the Final Four on the Radio

How and where to listen to tournament action

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If you’re a college basketball fan, watching the NCAA men’s basketball tournament play on television at home is the most convenient way to keep up with your favorite teams. But what if you’re not at home? Or in front of a television? Radio provides the kind of mobility, and immediacy if the game is a local one, that television can’t provide. Plus, there’s something old school cool about listening to a game on the radio.

There are a number of options available to listen to the NCAA men's basketball tournament play leading up to the Final Four and championship game, including local AM and FM stations, internet and satellite radio, and sports apps.

Local AM and FM Stations and Internet Streams

Local radio stations that follow home teams almost always provide audio feeds of those games throughout the season. You can also get broadcast info at Westwood One Sports, the radio home of the NFL, NCAA football, NCAA basketball, and the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments. Westwood One streams every NCAA basketball game being broadcast and doesn't charge you to listen. You can check out the broadcast schedule, then choose a state, program, and find your stations.

  • TuneIn (formerly Radio Time) also offers original, live, and on-demand radio, all in one spot. The site lists all the games being played and when, as well as dozens of radio stations, not only broadcasting the games but also providing commentary and other sports news.
  • ESPN Radio lists daily schedules of all their shows, including their audio broadcasts of upcoming games. And there is no cost to listen. Same goes for listening to games on CBS Radio.
  • Dar.FM Radio also offers a list of stations broadcasting the games, which you can record or listen to live.

Satellite Radio

This page on the Sirius XM Radio site provides a list of every game being played, along with the stations broadcasting those games for subscribers, both on the radio and online. You can even set reminders on this page. You do have to be a Sirius XM subscriber, which means answering a quick set of questions about your service.

On Your Phone

As a last resort, don't forget you can download several apps for iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android phones. Some apps, like the one offered by TuneIn to their subscribers, will allow you to receive hundreds of radio stations, including those carrying the game. The app is available for Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry, as well as Kindle, most tablets, and certain televisions and the devices that connect to them.

If you have an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, you can listen to all 67 games broadcast across TBS, CBS, TNT, and truTV with a free app, which also works on iMessage. Otherwise, snag your NCAA March Madness app through Google Play. Just know that after the free three-hour preview ends for this app, you’ll need to log in to your television subscription provider to continue listening, although CBS games do not require a paid television subscription.

If you don’t subscribe to any television service, then download the free CBS Sports app, and you’ll at least be able to listen to the games broadcasted by this network television station. You can get the full schedule of what stations are broadcasting which games, along with the full tournament schedule once it becomes available.