Thunder Adds Spanish Language Radio Broadcasts

OKLAHOMA CITY, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 – The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that its radio network now includes Spanish language broadcasts of all Thunder home games. The team has entered into an agreement with its radio partner Citadel Broadcasting to carry the Spanish broadcasts on WKY 930 AM and KINB 105.3 FM in Oklahoma City. Veteran announcer Eleno Ornelas has been named the Thunder’s Spanish language play-by-play voice.

Ornelas brings a wealth of professional play-by-play experience in several different leagues. He currently serves as the coordinator of Spanish broadcasting for Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. He is the play-by-play announcer for all Rangers home and away Spanish radio broadcasts on KFLC 1270 AM. In addition, he contributes to the Rangers Hispanic marketing and community initiatives in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

“Eleno will be a great addition to our broadcasting team,” said Thunder Senior Vice President & Executive Producer Ken Adelson. “We’re very happy to add a Spanish language broadcast to our inventory of communication outlets. Spanish speaking fans around Oklahoma will enjoy Eleno’s call of our games, and we’re very pleased to bring the games to this fan base.”

Ornelas joined the Rangers’ Spanish radio broadcast team in 2000 and did both play-by-play and analysis, working with Edgar Lopez, before becoming the full-time play-by-play announcer in 2003. Prior to joining the Rangers full-time, he worked in the sports department for 1270 AM.

The Juarez, Mexico native began his broadcasting career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at KRVA Radio in Dallas before joining KESS-AM in 1998. In addition to the Rangers, Ornelas was the play-by-play announcer for the Dallas Mavericks and has covered the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Burn soccer team during his tenure with 1270 AM.