Thunder fans, go ahead and bring your radios to the games. Thanks to a change in Sports Animal Radio Network policy, you can follow the broadcasts at the Ford Center.
Responding to an inquiry from The Oklahoman, the network dropped the delay on its Thunder broadcasts, network operations manager Chris Baker said. The delay of about eight to 10 seconds was necessary to produce the high-definition broadcast, but made it difficult for fans at the Ford Center or those watching the game with the sound turned off on their TV to follow the broadcasts. Matt Pinto’s call was way behind the action.
Although HD is the future of radio, few people have HD radios. The delay creates a dilemma for radio stations that cover sporting events: Use the technology with its crystal-clear audio quality or appease sports fans and turn it off during game broadcasts.
Most of the local stations are following the latter. KRXO-FM 107.7 routinely turns off the delay for its OU broadcasts, Renda Broadcasting market manager Don Pollnow said. KXXY-FM 96.1 usually does so for its OSU broadcasts, Clear Channel market manager Bill Hurley said.
The Sports Animal carries a 90-minute pre- and postgame show, "Thunder Forecast,” and 90-minute postgame show, "Thunder Recap,” hosted by Craig Humphreys.
Baker said the Sports Animal is developing plans for a three-hour coaches show but hasn’t decided what night it will air.