Thunder Wins Regional Emmy for Live Coverage of Sports Event

OKLAHOMA CITY, July 19, 2010 – The Oklahoma City Thunder broadcast team earned a regional Emmy Award on July 18 for best live coverage for sports/event. The Thunder won the Heartland Emmy for its broadcast of the Thunder’s Dec. 22, 2009, game against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

"To receive this honor after just two seasons of existence is a testament to the hard work and teamwork exemplified by this remarkable group of broadcasters,” said Thunder Senior Vice President and Executive Producer Ken Adelson. “It could not have been achieved without terrific support from the entire Thunder organization and the players gave us an incredible canvas to work from."

Thunder staff members involved in that broadcast included Adelson, Director Eric Date, EVS Operator Robert Eaton, Production Manager Rob Hedrick, Game Producer Todd Minhinnett and Production Coordinator Shauna Hawthorne. As with all Thunder games, it featured Thunder broadcasters Brian Davis, Grant Long and Matt Pinto.

The Heartland Chapter represents markets in Oklahoma City; Tulsa; Denver, Wichita/Hutchinson, Kan.; Omaha; Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo.; Lincoln/Hastings-Kearny, Neb.; Topeka, Kan.; Grand Junction/Montrose, Colo.; Cheyenne/Scottsbluff, Wyo.; and North Platte, Neb.

The Thunder broadcast proved strong enough to beat out a group of nominees that included coverage of a Colorado Rockies game.

The team's weekly magazine television show, "Air Thunder," also received a nomination for best sports program series.

The Emmy award comes only a week after the Thunder organization also earned an award for its work in the community. The Journal Record’s annual Beacon Awards recognized the Thunder with the “Big League Award” during a July 13 ceremony at Oklahoma City’s Skirvin Hilton Hotel.