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You can only watch the Super Bowl on Channel 6, but your radio choices are many.

In Movies & TV Commentary

Among alternatives to a day of Super Bowl programming is Animal Planet's annual "Puppy Bowl."

In Movies & TV Commentary

PBS scheduled Nancy Reagan for Super Bowl Sunday night.

OnMedia: Where to see and hear the Super Bowl

Pretty much everybody who has turned on the TV over the past couple weeks knows exactly where to find Sunday's Super Bowl.

While actual game coverage begins at 5 p.m. (kickoff at 5:30 p.m.) on Channel 6, Milwaukee's Fox affiliate, gets things going at 10 a.m. with a locally produced pre-game show.

That's the only choice if you want to watch the game.

But there are many choices if you want to turn the sound down and listen to a radio broadcast along with those TV pictures.

The Packers' Radio Network broadcast is in its usual home, WTMJ-AM (620), with Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren.

But you can also hear Super Bowl play-by-play from Racine sister stations WRJN-AM (1400) and WEZY-FM (92.1), with coverage from Dallas starting in 3 p.m.

If you're looking for a Spanish-language play-by-play, try WJTI-AM (1340).

Sirius XM Satellite Radio is offering the game in a whole bunch of versions and languages:

  • Green Bay Packers broadcast -- Sirius 125 / XM 103
  • Pittsburgh Steelers broadcast -- Sirius 123 / XM 102
  • National Radio broadcast -- Sirius 124 / XM 124
  • BBC Radio broadcast -- Sirius 122 / XM 106
  • Mexican/Spanish language broadcast -- Sirius 91 / XM 104
  • Spanish broadcast -- Sirius 90 / XM 105
  • Chinese broadcast -- Sirius 130 / XM 109
  • Russian broadcast -- Sirius 158 / XM 113
  • French broadcast -- Sirius 126 / XM 107
  • Japanese broadcast -- Sirius 121 / XM 110
  • German broadcast -- Sirius 113 / XM 111
  • Hungarian broadcast -- Sirius 153 / XM 112
  • Dutch broadcast -- Sirius 127 / XM 108
  • Danish broadcast -- Sirius 152 / XM 114

After the game: On Channel 6, the Fox post-game show begins (roughly) at 9 p.m., followed a half-hour later by a one-hour Channel 6 post-game show. "Glee" is supposed to start at 10:30 and runs an hour and six minutes.

If you're DVRing any of this, you'll want to build in extra time, since a live event doesn't usually end when it's supposed to.

Talking about the ads: If you watch the ads more closely than the action in the Super Bowl, I'll be live-tweeting my thoughts on this year's crop of spots. I'll pick my winners and losers in Monday's OnMedia column, which posts at 11 a.m., and I'll be talking about them at 5 p.m. Monday on Wisconsin Public Radio -- WHAD-FM (90.7) in Milwaukee -- with guest host Gene Purcell.

You can start watching on Saturday night: Channel 6 and Channel 4 are planning Saturday night Super Bowl specials at 9 p.m.

If you don't want to watch it all: Since 85 percent of the TVs that were on at the time in southeast Wisconsin were tuned to last month's NFC Championship win by the Packers, it's safe to assume that the vast majority of area televisions will be tuned to the game.

But there are alternatives on Sunday if you just aren't part of the day-long Super Bowl experience. Leading the list is Animal Planet's seventh annual "Puppy Bowl" starting at 2 p.m. This clip from last year's "Puppy Bowl" may be enough for you:

Here are some other choices:

  • MTV is airing a marathon of the third season of "Jersey Shore" starting at 11 a.m. What MTV is calling "The Jersey Bowl" will feature a peek at the rest of the season.
  • If you like "Law & Order," TNT has 13 hours of the original kicking off at 4 a.m., and USA has a marathon of "Law & Order: SVU" starting at 9 a.m.
  • Bravo has marathons of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" starting at 2:30 p.m.
  • BET has 11 hours of "The Mo'Nique Show" starting at 11 a.m.

You can start watching on Saturday night: Channel 6 and Channel 4 are planning Saturday night Super Bowl specials at 9 p.m.

PBS' odd counter-programming choice: With the 100th birthday of the late President Ronald Reagan on Sunday, PBS is airing a new one-hour documentary that night on Nancy Reagan.

Milwaukee Public TV has "Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime" scheduled for 9 p.m. Sunday on Channel 10 -- just as the Super Bowl is ending. It repeats on Channel 10 at 3 a.m. Tuesday and 11 p.m. Wednesday, neither are prime viewing times.

If you can watch it, or DVR it, it's a worthwhile hour. It focuses, of course, on her eight years in the White House, with great insight into just how important she was in shaping her husband's presidency.

Host Judy Woodruff, who covered the Reagan Administration, did some recent interviews with Nancy Reagan, who turns 90 later this year. Particularly touching is her emotional reaction as she spoke of the attempted assassination of her husband, three decades ago.


cuprisin | Feb. 4, 2011 at 12:22 p.m. (report)

Adjust the antenna on your aluminum foil hat, it should come in quite clearly.

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devidia | Feb. 4, 2011 at 12:19 p.m. (report)

Where can I hear the Super Bowl broadcast in Klingon??

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cuprisin | Feb. 4, 2011 at 12:13 p.m. (report)

Nope, my finger just hit the wrong key. Thanks for catching it.

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