For the first time in seven years, Cox Communications will have a monopoly on local high school football telecasts as KSBI-52 does not plan to air a game of the week.
On Thursday, Cox announced its 17-game high school football telecast schedule, which includes four appearances by Broken Arrow and three each by Southmoore, Tulsa Union and Jenks.
Cox's schedule includes Tulsa Union vs. Jenks — the state's most-heralded rivalry — at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, from the University of Tulsa's Chapman Stadium.
Steve Marshall will serve as Oklahoma City area play-by-play announcer, and Mike Wolfe will handle the Tulsa telecasts. The analysts have yet to be named. The telecasts will be replayed on Saturdays.
On two Fridays, two games are listed. On Sept. 16, Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union will air statewide and Owasso at Jenks will air on another channel in Tulsa or on tape delay. On Sept. 30, Putnam City North at Midwest City will air in Oklahoma City and a Tulsa area game to be determined will air in Tulsa.
KSBI President Vince Orza said his station is taking a different approach by offering scoreboard update shows on Thursday and Friday nights instead of a game of the week.
“We'll send our folks to cover several games each night rather than just one game,” he said. “We'll be going live from multiple venues and giving a full slate of scores for the area games.”
Brian Birchell, Rachel Redman and Abigail Ogle, daughter of KFOR-4 news anchor Kevin Ogle, will rotate as host of the shows, which will be one to two minutes every half hour from 7 to 10 p.m., Orza said.
Orza took control of KSBI last November when the station was purchased by a group including Aubrey McClendon and Tom Ward. Former station president Brady Brus regularly appeared on the football telecasts, which were marred by a flood of commercials during game play.
Cox high school football schedule
(Channels 3 and 703)
Sept. 1, Edmond North at Southmoore, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2, Owasso at Broken Arrow, 7 p.m.
Sept. 8, Norman at Moore, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9. Tulsa Union vs. Jenks (at TU's Chapman Stadium), 7 p.m.
Sept. 16, Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 16, Owasso at Jenks, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23, Edmond North at Del City, TBA
Sept. 30, Tulsa game TBA (air in Tulsa)
Sept. 30, Putnam City North at Midwest City, 7 p.m. (air in OKC)
Oct. 6, Southmoore at Norman, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7, Owasso at Tulsa Union, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13, Broken Arrow at Southmoore, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14, Carl Albert at Guthrie, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21, Norman North at Choctaw, 7 p.m.
Oct. 27, Mustang at Westmoore, 7 p.m.
Oct. 28, Jenks at Broken Arrow, TBA
Nov. 4, Oklahoma City game TBA