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Chris Plank hired as new OU football sideline reporter

Tulsa sportscaster will host pregame and postgame shows
by Mel Bracht Published: June 30, 2011
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/articleid/3581642/1/pictures/1455240">Photo - The "Pride of Oklahoma" band spells out "Thanks Bob" in honor of radio personality Bob Barry during half-time of the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas Tech Red Raiders (TTU) at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
The "Pride of Oklahoma" band spells out "Thanks Bob" in honor of radio personality Bob Barry during half-time of the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas Tech Red Raiders (TTU) at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
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“I am real excited, not just because they are going to be good and not just because they are going to be fun to follow, but because I have so much respect for Bob Stoops and what he’s accomplished,” he said. “I’m real excited to see him and how he does business.”

In addition to his sideline role, Plank will host the 45-minute pregame show and handle postgame interviews from the Sooner locker room.

Plank has worked for KTBZ since graduating from TU in 1997. He co-hosts the “Big Show” from 2-6 p.m. weekdays on KTBZ with Jeremie Poplin. He also has done play-by-play and sideline reporting for Cox Communications and has served as the play-by-play radio announcer for Jenks and Bixby high schools.

For two years, he was the host of Fox Sports Radio's overnight show, “Third Shift,” which was fed to 200 affiliates.

Although he grew up in Wood River, Ill., just outside of St. Louis, Plank said the Cardinals aren’t his favorite baseball team.

“There is this odd thing about me, that I’m a West Coast homer. I love the Dodgers. I love the Lakers. I’m the biggest Raiders fan you’ll ever meet,” he said. Plank and his wife, Sarah, have two children, Will, 7, and Emma, 2.

Tramel: Plank a solid move for OU
by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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