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Media notes: Thunder sets ratings record

By Mel Bracht, Staff Writer Published: November 6, 2009
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turday on ESPN. Joe Tessitore will be the host.

→The NFL Network begins its fourth season of Thursday night broadcasts with Chicago at San Francisco at 7 p.m. Nov. 12. Play-by-play announcer Bob Papa will work with former Detroit Lions president Matt Millen, who also has called some college games for ESPN.

→FSN’s coverage of the Oklahoma City Thunder has expanded into Kansas, with FSN Midwest carrying 41 games to about 500,000 homes in Wichita and Topeka.

→More Oklahoma cable systems also are carrying the telecasts, including Allegiance Cable (Shawnee and McAlester). SuddenLink has expanded coverage to all its state areas except Grove, Henryetta, Pauls Valley and Seminole.

For satellite viewers, Thunder telecasts air on DirecTV channel 679. Although Dish Network does not have a regular channel for the Thunder, the games can be found on a channel in the 440-450 range.

→Fox Sports Oklahoma has started carrying OSSAA fall programming, generally after Thunder telecasts. The 5A softball final airs at 9 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Tuesday. The 6A final next airs at 9 p.m. Nov. 16. A one-hour fall baseball special debuts at 10 p.m. Nov. 20.