When I was a kid I would spend game time sprawled across the living room floor with my father, our backs buried in shag carpet, and we would listen to the static echoes of AM radio carrying play by play from a hardwood floor some 94 feet and countless miles in the distance. The pass, the dribble, the shot, the block, the foul, the score, and the tire companies that sponsored them, they filled my mind with images of something big and grand and we sat there, my father and I, and we cheered our team as far as we could toward the hope of victory.
The team was the Arizona Wildcats, and the basketball seasons of my youth were not as lauded as they have been in recent decades, a thought that fills me with both nostalgia and years, but mostly pride over how exceptional the program has become. It has been a very long time since the University of Arizona wasn’t involved in the infinite hype of madness and championships, and this year is no exception.
These days our living room floor is free of shag or any sort of softness, and the only radio we own is perched on four wheels and parked in the driveway, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t listen to every game with my own children—the TuneIn app allows me to do just that. I can hear every Arizona Wildcats basketball game on my smartphone, whether I’m spending time with the boys lounging around the house, prepping dinner in the kitchen, or out for a run. We take the games wherever we go, and we are cheering often and loudly—the wins sound fantastic, and the hope keeps us going.
Some info on TuneIn Radio:
TuneIn features 85 colleges that will have their own, personalized 24/7 station on TuneIn, including my Arizona Wildcats, allowing fans international access to team specific live play-by-play, pre-game and post-game shows, live and archived weekly coaches shows, archived games, and in-season game replays for football and basketball (55 schools for women’s basketball). You know, the everything. To listen, fans can search team names on TuneIn or simply visit TuneIn.com/collegesports.