KSBI-52 is so excited about being selected as the over-the-air TV partner for the Oklahoma City Thunder that the independent station plans to rebrand itself as "Thunder TV.”
KSBI-52 (Cox 9) will broadcast all seven of the team’s preseason and 17 regular-season games, including the season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 29 at Ford Center.
The Thunder’s other 65 games will be carried by Fox Sports Oklahoma.
"It’s huge,” Brady Brus, president of Family Broadcasting Group, said of KSBI’s multiyear contract with the Thunder. "It’s significant for the station. It puts us on the fast track to things that we’re planning on doing.”
KSBI is available across a large portion of the state — over the air and through cable, Dish Network and DirecTV.
Besides the game broadcasts, the station will feature 30-minute pregame and postgame shows and a weekly magazine show. Each KSBI game telecast also will be rebroadcast twice — late at night and the next morning.
Many of KSBI’s games will be carried in HD, with plans to carry all of them in HD next season, said Ken Adelson, Thunder vice president and executive producer.
KSBI, which is building a state-of-the-art facility on Morgan Road adjacent to the Kilpatrick Turnpike, also plans to have extensive coverage of the Thunder on its evening newscasts.
Long-range plans include carrying some telecasts of the Thunder’s Developmental League team, the Tulsa 66ers.