How To Sync Local Sports Radio With TV Broadcasts

microphone icon blackThere is nothing like a home announcer to call your local baseball, basketball, football and hockey games. Local sports announcers tend to be more exciting and opinionated, adding another level of enjoyment to watching your favorite teams. They may also know about the players given local access before and after games, during practice, and at local events.

National networks like ESPN, Fox Sports, and the Big 4 (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC) tend to have hosts that are more impartial during game play. In addition, because the game is on TV there isn’t much need for national hosts to call the play-by-play. Instead, they may chat about what they had for lunch instead of who has the ball.

So how can you listen to local radio coverage while watching the game on TV? One way to do it isn’t very technical or scientific at all.

Sync Streaming Audio with TV Broadcast

If you use a streaming app like NBA or NHL to listen to your favorite team’s radio station (see an example of the NBA League Pass app screen below) you can sync it with a TV that has a set-top DVR. You just need to pause the live broadcast and wait for the app to catch up (because streaming is usually behind traditional TV broadcasts).

A trick is to listen for a bull horn or whistle while watching the TV broadcast and pause it immediately. Then, when you hear that same bull horn or whistle un-pause the DVR. Now, your audio and video feeds are synched! It may not be perfect down to the fraction of a second, but neither are the audio feeds from live national games.

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What about AM/FM Radio?

If you are listening to over-the-air AM or FM radio the possibility of synching audio with the TV is unlikely. Over-the-air radio is not delayed like streaming radio, so that means the television broadcast will probably be behind the audio just slightly.

However, you may be able to get a fairly close sync with a local over-the-air TV broadcast and over-the-air radio broadcast. You’ll need to attach an antenna to the TV and scan for digital channels. Then, use a traditional radio to hear the audio feed separately from the TV.

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