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Softball Radio Broadcast FAQs

RADIO BROADCAST: Live or delayed audio broadcast of a contest that can be transmitted through AM/FM radio, Internet audio stream, podcast, high definition radio, satellite radio, smart phone apps, tablet computer apps or any other medium.

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What is required to do a play-by-play radio broadcast of a game during the UIL softball playoffs?
To broadcast a football playoff game, stations must do the following:
1. Receive permission from both schools and the venue.
2. Play the UIL Institutional Spot and UIL Sponsor Spot once during the broadcast. The commercials can be downloaded here: Radio Playoff Guidelines
3. Fill out the following Radio Playoff Request Form prior to the broadcast.
4. Read the state championship promotional information twice during the broadcast.
How do I obtain media credentials to the UIL State Softball Tournament?
You will need to submit a media credential request form, which can be found on the UIL website, by the posted deadline for each tournament. See media deadlines here.
Are there broadcast rights fees at UIL State Championship events?
Yes. The radio broadcast rights fees for the UIL State Softball Tournament are as follows:
State Tournament Semi-Final Game Final Game
Softball $100 per semi-final game $125 per final game
If I am doing a radio broadcast at the UIL state tournament, will I be able to dial out to my station directly from the venue?
No. Phone lines provided at the UIL State Softball Tournament may only be used to make local calls. You may call your station using a 1-800 number if your station has one, or you will be provided the direct line once you arrive at the venue and can then have your station call you. If you are doing a radio broadcast during regular season or playoffs, please contact the venue for more information.
Can two or more outlets do a play-by-play radio broadcast for the same team at a UIL state tournament?
No. At the UIL State Softball Tournament, only one outlet will be granted rights to do a play-by-play radio broadcast of a team due to space limitations. The UIL will contact a school administrator of that team and allow the school to decide which outlet will be granted rights to do the play-by-play radio broadcast.
Can my radio broadcast be sent out to other radio stations or Internet sites?
No. If your outlet has been granted rights to do a play-by-play radio broadcast of a UIL state tournament contest, you may not feed your radio broadcast to other outlets. Outlets that receive a feed will be subject to the same radio broadcast rights fees as the outlet sending the feed. If your outlet will be broadcasting through its own radio station and your station’s Internet site, no extra fee will be incurred.
Are there any restrictions on radio broadcasts at the UIL State Softball Tournament?
Yes. There shall be no destructive criticisms of officials’ decisions, and no mention shall be made of injuries, unpreventable accidents, or other incidents that could cause any anxiety on the part of listeners.
Are there any restrictions on the type of advertisements that can be played during radio broadcasts of the UIL State Softball Tournament?
Yes. Political announcements, cigarettes or other tobacco product, gambling services or venues, sexual services or adult entertainment venues, alcohol and firearms advertisements are prohibited during radio broadcasts of any UIL activities.
Where can I find specific rules from the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules that pertain to radio broadcasts?
To see a PDF of the exact rules from the UIL C&CR, please click here.