The NFL officially kicked off Thursday night, with the Chiefs’ 42-27 victory over New England. Here is your Central Valley TV/Radio guide to where to find your teams this season.
Awful Announcing has a great recap of the national TV breakdown. Generally, Thursday night games will all be shown on NFL Network, with five games apiece also simulcast on NBC (KSEE-24.1) and CBS (KGPE-47.1).
On Sundays, the traditional “early” slots on the West Coast are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (technically 1:05 p.m. and 1:25 p.m.), shown on Fox (KMPH-26.1) and CBS. The networks usually alternate who will televise a doubleheader, with Fox up first for Weeks 1 and 2
Traditionally, the 49ers and Raiders games have priority as the featured local games. The only “must-show” games apply to a team’s primary home market and surrounding secondary market. Fresno falls outside the range of all four California teams’ primary and secondary market. It is ultimately up to the network and NFL on which games are distributed to the Fresno market.
CBS will broadcast most games with the AFC as the road team; Fox will show most games with the NFC as the road team.
NBC will air 17 Sunday night games at 5:30 p.m. starting with the Giants at Cowboys.
ESPN once again airs Monday Night Football for Weeks 1-16, with a doubleheader for the opening weekend.
Additionally, the Thanksgiving night game will air on NBC (New York Giants at Washington) after the daytime doubleheader on Fox/CBS. NBC will also air a Saturday game Week 16 instead of a Thursday game. NBC will also televise a Christmas Day game (Pittsburgh at Houston).
NFL Network will also air exclusive games Sunday early morning from London (Week 8: Minnesota vs. Cleveland); a Saturday afternoon Week 15 doubleheader on Saturday followed by a Week 16 Saturday game.
The network broadcast sees 12 of the 16 49ers on Fox; three on CBS and one Thursday Night game (Week 3, Sep. 21) at home vs. the Rams exclusively on NFL Network.
On the radio, 49ers games can be heard on 940 ESPN (KFIG-AM) with Ted Robinson and Tim Ryan on the broadcast.
On TV, CBS is scheduled to broadcast 10 Sunday early games, with Fox covering one. The Raiders have three Sunday night games scheduled on NBC and one Thursday night game (on CBS/NFL Network) and one Monday night game (on ESPN).
Radio can be heard on 790 ESPN (KFPT-AM) with Greg Papa & former Sanger High and Raiders legend Tom Flores on the call (Lincoln Kennedy on the sidelines and Tim Cates as studio host).
In September, the 49ers and Raiders games may be subject to moving around on the dial because of 940 and 790’s other commitments, namely Giants and A’s baseball. It is highly unlikely there will be conflicts in October.
Rams games will be heard on 105.1 “The Blaze” (KKBZ-FM). J.B. Long and Maurice Jones-Drew and D’Marco Farr (sidelines) cover the games.
In Spanish, the games will be on ESPN Deportes 1600 (KGST-AM) with the team of Mario Solis and Troy Santiago.
The Chargers are back in Los Angeles for the first time since 1960 and now on Fresno radio. Games can be heard on PowerTalk 96.7 (KALZ-FM). Matt “Money” Smithand and Nick Hardwick call the action with Shannon Farren on the sidelines.
A number of other games may be heard from national syndicators on the radio.
Westwood One will cover all the primetime games (Thursday, Sunday, Monday), plus the Sunday early games. Locally, they can be heard on Fox Sports 1340 (KCBL-AM). However, games may be pre-empted by Dodgers baseball (and that includes October playoff games).
Kevin Harlan & Boomer Esiason (or Kurt Warner) are the lead team for Monday Night Football (with Jim Gray in the studio); Kevin Kugler and Jason Taylor on Sunday nights and Ian Eagle and Tony Boselli on Thursday nights (studio host Scott Graham).
Tom McCarthy, John Sadak and Brandon Gaudin will share the early Sunday game play-by-play duties, working with a combination of Ross Tucker or Mike Mayock on color.
The Westwood One sideline reporters will include Hub Arkush, Laura Okmin, Tucker, Scott Kaplan, Steve Tasker or Tony Boselli.
There is an ESPN national radio package of Sunday early games. Radio broadcast teams include Adam Amin and Bill Polian along with Marc Kestecher and Herm Edwards. Other broadcasters include Chris Canty, Brock Huard and Shaun O’Hara.
SportsUSA also has a package of early Sunday games on the radio that can be heard on 790 ESPN. Their talent lineup includes Larry Kahn, John Ahlers, Bob Fitzgerald, Eli Gold and Josh Appel on play-by-play; analyst John Robinson, Gary Barnett, Doug Plank, Charles Arbuckle, Hank Bauer and Mark Carrier.
Compass Media Networks also carries an early-game Sunday package (talent: play-by-play: Gregg Daniels, Drew Bontdelli and Chris Carrino; analysts: Tony Hill, Dale Hellestrae and Curtis Conway; studio: Jon Rothstein) as well as certain Cowboys broadcasts (Kevin Ray and Danny White with studio host Jerry Recco).
ESPN Radio, SportsUSA and Compass list 790 ESPN/940 ESPN as local affiliates. Expect to hear those games when the 49ers and/or Raiders aren’t playing on certain Sundays.