Thunder to Broadcast Entire Season in High Definition
OKLAHOMA CITY, Wednesday, August 19, 2009 – All 82 regular season Oklahoma City Thunder games will be broadcast in high definition (HD) this season. All games will be carried on either FOX Sports Oklahoma (OKC COX Ch. 37 – HD Ch. 722) or Thunder TV/KSBI (OKC COX Ch. 15 – HD Ch. 715) with play-by-play announcer Brian Davis and color analyst Grant Long returning for their second season. A complete list of cable and satellite stations are listed below, and fans are encouraged to check their local listings.
The Thunder will also play on national TV three times, including once on ESPN when they host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Dec. 16. The Thunder will also play on NBA TV on Sunday, Nov. 15 vs. the Los Angeles Clippers and again on Wednesday, Dec. 2 vs. the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Thunder is one of only ten NBA teams to broadcast all 82 games in HD. The complete TV schedule is below. The entire regular season schedule will be also be on the radio on WWLS The SportsAnimal 640 AM and 98.1 FM in Oklahoma City, and games can also be heard statewide on the Thunder Radio Network with play-by-play announcer Matt Pinto.
“We’re committed to providing our fans, who are among the loudest and most passionate in the league, with the best possible viewing and listening experience,” said Ken Adelson, the Thunder’s Senior Vice President & Executive Producer. “We are excited to be able to showcase the Thunder in sparkling clear HD every game. We are proud to among the first teams in the NBA to go all HD.”
Fox Sports Oklahoma will handle 65 of the 82 regular season games on the network.
"We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Oklahoma City Thunder," said FOX Sports Oklahoma Senior Vice President/General Manager Jon Heidtke. "Last year's inaugural season created an exciting atmosphere throughout the state that helped us build FOX Sports Oklahoma into the premier destination for local sports programming. We're excited to showcase Thunder games again this season as the team continues to grow a loyal fan base."
Wednesday night games will be primarily broadcast on Thunder TV/KSBI. Thunder TV will handle 17 games this season, with 16 of those games on Thunder TV Wednesday nights.
Thunder TV/KSBI will also bring three pre-season games to Thunder fans: Monday, Oct. 12 vs. Phoenix at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14 vs. Miami in Tulsa at 7 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 20 vs. San Antonio in Austin at 7:30 p.m.
“With all of the exciting changes taking place at Thunder TV this fall, including our move into our new state-of-the-art facility, we are obviously thrilled to be looking at our second season as the local broadcast partner with the Oklahoma City Thunder,” said Brady Brus, Thunder TV/KSBI President. “With our move to our new facility, we have some exciting additions to our Thunder programming planned for this season.”
WWLS The SportsAnimal 640 AM AND 98.1 FM, and the rest of the Thunder Radio Network, will also cover all seven of the Thunder’s preseason games. A list of the Thunder Radio Network affiliates is below.
“WWLS and The Sports Animal Radio Network are excited to air all 89 preseason and regular season games of the Thunder’s second season in Oklahoma City,” said Larry Bastida, Market Manager for Citadel Broadcasting in Oklahoma City. “Thunder fans can always count on The Sports Animal for anything and everything Thunder.”
“We’re thrilled to be starting our second season with WWLS - The SportsAnimal as our flagship station, bringing the excitement of Thunder basketball to fans across the ever-growing Thunder Radio Network.” Adelson said.