Cumulus Media switched WWLS-AM 640 to ESPN Radio full-time Thursday, allowing sports fans another venue for national sports talk. The station will continue to carry Oklahoma City Thunder broadcasts and OU and OSU pregame and postgame shows.
The move brings Doug Gottlieb, an occasional contributor to the Sports Animal radio network, back into the area on a regular basis. The show from Gottlieb, a former OSU guard, airs weekdays from 3-6 p.m.
The rest of the ESPN Radio weekday lineup includes “Mike & Mike in the Morning,” 5-9 a.m.; “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” 9 a.m.-noon; “The Scott Van Pelt Show,” noon-3 p.m.; “Hill & Schlereth,” 6-9 p.m.; “SportsCenter Tonight,” 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; “SportsCenter All Night,” 1-5 a.m.
“Sports Animal” programming will continue to air on WWLS-FM 98.1 and its network affiliates: Tulsa's KYAL-FM 97.1 and AM-1550. Muskogee's KBIX AM-1490, Pawhuska's KPGM-AM 1500, Woodward's KSIW AM-1450 and Elk City's KADS-AM 1240.
ABC to air Bulls-Thunder
The Thunder will make its ABC debut this season, hosting the Chicago Bulls at noon Sunday. Mike Tirico and analyst Hubie Brown will call the game with Ric Bucher reporting. In the second game of the doubleheader, Boston hosts Miami at 2:30 p.m. (Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Lisa Salters).
ESPN has a doubleheader Friday night with Dallas at Orlando at 7 p.m. (Breen and Chris Mullin) and Portland at L.A. Clippers at 9:30 p.m. (Dave Pasch, Jon Barry and Bucher).
CBS has added Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, Butler coach Brad Stevens and Marquette coach Buzz Williams to the set for “The Final Four Show,” 2-4 p.m. Saturday. They will join host Greg Gumbel and analysts Greg Anthony, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Seth Davis. Kansas star Thomas Robinson, who within a month's time last year lost two grandparents and his mother, will be profiled. Jim Rome will interview Kentucky coach John Calipari and Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
Jim Nantz will calls his 27th Final Four, working with Clark Kellogg for the fourth time and Steve Kerr for the second time. Tracy Wolfson will be the reporter.
Former Connecticut star Rebecca Lobo will serve as a sideline analyst for ESPN's coverage of the Women's Final Four. Doris Burke will be the main analyst, working play-by-play will be announcer Dave O'Brien and the reporter will be Holly Rowe.
— Sunday night's Heat-Thunder telecast was ESPN's most-watched NBA telecast with 3.5 million viewers. The 2.6 final rating was the second-highest-rated game on the network this season.
— The third season of “SportsCenter Special: Gruden's QB Camp” debuts at 6 p.m. Friday on ESPN with a 30-minute show highlighting Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the projected No. 1 draft pick. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III will be featured at 8 p.m. Monday. Jon Gruden is conducting one-on-one sessions with 10 top quarterbacks, including OSU's Brandon Weeden.
— ESPN's new “Sunday Night Baseball” team — Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, Terry Francona and reporter Buster Olney — will open the season by calling four games in five days, The string begins with St. Louis at Miami at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Boston at Detroit at noon Thursday, Kansas City at L.A. Angels at 9 p.m. Friday and Chicago White Sox at Texas at 7 p.m. Sunday.