Thunder Broadcasting Nominated for Two Regional Emmy Awards

OKLAHOMA CITY, June 8, 2010 – The Oklahoma City Thunder received two 2009 Emmy nominations for its broadcast productions when the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences last week announced its nominees.

The team’s Dec. 22, 2009 game broadcast of the Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in LA, received a nomination for best live coverage for sports/event. The game was broadcast live on FOX Sports Oklahoma, reaching over 1.7 million households throughout Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.

The team’s weekly magazine television show “Air Thunder,” presented by INTEGRIS Health, was nominated for best sports program series. “Air Thunder” is seen on multiple broadcast and digital outlets including Fox Sports Oklahoma, KSBI-TV, Thunder,NBA.com and NewsOK.com, and is heard on the Thunder’s flagship radio station, WWLS, The Sports Animal. The series is produced and directed by the Thunder broadcasting team and features Thunder broadcasters Brian Davis, Grant Long and Matt Pinto.

Winners will be announced during the annual Heartland Emmy Awards on Sunday, July 18. The awards show originates from locations in both Oklahoma City, at the Will Rogers Theatre and in Denver.

Each year the Academy’s 19 chapters across the U.S. conduct regional award ceremonies to recognize excellence in all the regional television markets. The Heartland Chapter represents the markets of Denver; Oklahoma City; Tulsa; Wichita/Hutchinson, KS, Omaha, NE; Colorado Springs/Pueblo, CO; Lincoln/Hastings-Kearney, KS; Topeka, KS; Grand Junction/Montrose, CO; Cheyenne/Scottsbluff, WY; and North Platte, NE.

About NATAS Heartland Chapter
Founded in 1947, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and the Emmy Award stand for the best in the television industry. The National Academy is the only non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing outstanding achievement, raising industry standards, and improving the quality of television. Its dedication to excellence is pursued every day by members of its 19 chapters across the country. The Heartland chapter was formed in 1986 after an intense effort to meet the high eligibility standards of the National Academy's national board, and serves the television industry in these markets/DMAs: Denver, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wichita/Hutchinson, Omaha, Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Lincoln/Hastings-Kearney, Topeka, Grand Junction/Montrose, Cheyenne/Scottsbluff and North Platte.