(UPDATE: a few minor changes were made based on the comment left by fagstein)
I’m usually stuck at the office in the daytime when most of the games are on live. I’m not anywhere near a TV and I have limited access to internet.
How can I follow the World Cup? How about the radio?
Officially most of the games aren’t on local radio, but if you’re aware of the hidden gems of the Montreal radio dial, you can find them. Turns out, you can find almost all of them, including evening repeats.
I stumbled across the soccer game between Germany and Ghana today by accident, while trying to find a newscast. What I found, was actually CBC TV’s audio feed on 87.75 FM, which can be heard on either 87.7 FM or 87.9 FM.
Actually, I had known about this radio signal, but it’s usually a useless one, for the most part, as it is quite literally nothing more than the audio feed of over-the-air channel 6. But today, it was worth listening to. This little known FM frequency can be practical whenever the CBC carries live sports events like Soccer or Hockey Night in Canada. It’s also handy for listening to CBC’s newscasts in the car.
There are a few drawbacks, as the commentators will occasionally assume that you can see what they’re talking about. Yet for the most part, it’s not all that different from listening to actual radio play-by-play.
Just a reminder: if you don’t live in Montreal or if you want actual radio coverage, Sirius Satellite Radio is carrying all of the games and CBC Radio One will carry the last four games. Also, more info on television and online coverage available here, in my previous article.