Mel Bracht
News Presentation 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 and Marion (Ind.) Chronicle-Tribune, and joined The Tulsa Tribune as assistant sports editor in 1982. After the Tribune folded in 1992, he served as assistant sports editor on the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal-Gazette.

Bracht joined The Oklahoman in 1994 as a sports copy editor and wrote a weekly sports media column. In 2000, he became a full-time media writer for the features staff. He also has served as a copy editor for the features and Opinion sections and as an editorial writer. He sings on the worship team at Victory Faith Center in Midwest City.

  • OU football: FS1’s Brady Quinn says Sooners QB Baker Mayfield could be a Heisman finalist

    By Mel Bracht, Staff Writer, | Updated: Sat, Oct 31, 2015

    FS1 analyst Brady Quinn said OU quarterback Baker Mayfield is on course to earn a trip to New York in December if the Sooners can continue their winning ways. "If this Oklahoma team continues on this path and they win the Big 12, Baker Mayfield is going to be in New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony," Quinn said. Asked about his prediction by play-by-play announcer Joe Davis near the end of the telecast, Quinn, a former Notre Dame and NFL quarterback, sounded even more certain. "There's no doubt about it. His numbers and his production will match anyone in the country," he said, noting Mayfield has 21 touchdown passes, four rushing touchdowns and only four interceptions.

  • TNT analyst Charles Barkley predicts the Thunder will win the Western Conference

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    In a conference call Monday afternoon, Barkley and fellow analysts Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal discussed the upcoming season.

  • OSU football: FS1 broadcasters Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman witness parade tragedy aftermath first hand

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 24, 2015

    Walking past "covered bodies in the middle of the street" — victims of a horrific accident at the end of Oklahoma State's homecoming parade — on the way to Boone Pickens Stadium made what would have been an already difficult telecast even more difficult for FS1 broadcasters Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman. The FS1 crew called Oklahoma State's 58-10 victory over Kansas on Saturday afternoon. The pair addressed the tragedy as the final seconds ran off the game clock. Brando said, "On a very difficult, sobering day in Stillwater, Oklahoma, but for at least three-plus hours, these two teams gave us what we needed, a departure from the horror we had on the way over here.

  • OU football: ABC analyst Kelly Stouffer credits Baker Mayfield for showing composure in emotional game against Texas Tech

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 24, 2015

    OU quarterback Baker Mayfield's emotional game Saturday afternoon against his former team, Texas Tech, was overshadowed by the Sooners' powerful rushing attack, but Mayfield still earned praise from ABC/ESPN analyst Kelly Stouffer. "His biggest opponent today was himself," said Stouffer, noting he was hyped up early. "Outside of a really bad decision with the INT, he played pretty well. Composed is the word I would use today." Stouffer, a former NFL backup quarterback, criticized Mayfield for staring down his intended receiver on the interception by Justis Nelson. "What did you tell me?" play-by-play announcer Adam Amin said, "you look long, you look wrong.

  • OU football: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer to call OU vs. Texas Tech

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer and sideline reporter Olivia Harlan will call the nationally televised game, which will air on either ABC or ESPN2 in some parts of the the country. The trio called the Oklahoma State at Central Michigan game last month. Amin, a Valparaiso University graduate, covers a variety of college sports for ESPN networks. Stouffer, a former Colorado State quarterback, was a backup quarterback with the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. Harlan, daughter of TNT/CBS announcer Kevin Harlan, has worked Atlanta Hawks games for Fox Sports South and preseason Green Bay Packers games.

  • OSU football: Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman in the FS1 broadcast booth for Saturday's game vs. Kansas

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    Tim Brando and analyst Spencer Tillman will call Saturday's Oklahoma State-Kansas game for FS1. Longtime colleagues on CBS' “College Football Today” studio show, they have been reunited in the broadcast booth this season on FS1 game telecasts.  They called the Tulsa at OU game last month. Brando, a Shreveport, La., resident, also worked for ESPN and TNT in a variety of roles. Tillman, a Tulsa Edison High School graduate, was a star running back at OU and was captain of the 1985 national championship team. He served as WABC-TV's weekend sports anchor in New York from 1997 to 1999 and spent 10 years as a sports anchor for Houston's KRPC-TV. He joined CBS as a studio analyst in 1999.

  • Media notes: Former Sooner Eduardo Najera hired as Dallas Mavericks studio analyst

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    "He brings a wealth of experience as both a player and a coach and he's one of the all-time fan favorites, said Mike Anastassiou, senior executive producer.

  • Ratings watch: OU-Kansas State telecast tops week with 22.4 on KOCO-5; baseball league championships slump in OKC

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 20, 2015

    OU's 55-0 rout of Kansas State on Saturday afternoon topped the Oklahoma City TV ratings for the week with a 22.4 on KOCO-5.

  • OU football: ESPN's Ray Bentley says Sooners a playoff contender after blowout of Kansas State

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 17, 2015

    To those OU fans who had written off the Sooners' chances of reaching the national Final Four after their loss to Texas last week, ABC analyst Ray Bentley offered a dissenting opinion after OU's dominating 55-0 victory over Kansas State on Saturday afternoon. Looking at a graphic that showed OU's remaining schedule, Bentley said, “It actually sets up quite nicely for the Sooners. They are right in the midst with that schedule of being one of the final four. They need to sustain the momentum and the way they approached things this week and performed this afternoon.” For the first half, he said, “That was clean and as smooth of a performance on both sides of the ball. They looked like a national contender.

  • Ratings watch

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    ABC's telecast of the OU-Texas game topped the Oklahoma City ratings for the week with a 31.2, up slighty over last year (30.1).

  • Media notes: Royals, Cardinals and Rangers set local TV ratings records

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer   | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Kansas City Royals telecasts on Fox Sports Kansas City averaged an all-time best 12.3 rating (114,000 households) in the Kansas City market, according to Nielsen. That's the highest local TV rating in Royals' history and the highest in baseball for a regional sports network since the Seattle Mariners averaged a 13.2 rating in 2002. The Royals' ratings jumped 83 percent from 6.7 last season. Viewership for St. Louis Cardinals telecasts on Fox Sports Midwest and Texas Rangers games on Fox Sports Southwest also reached all-time highs. The Cardinals had a 10.0 rating (123,000 households), up 29 percent from last season. The Rangers averaged 5.9, a 51 percent increase from the previous high of 3.9 in 2011.

  • OSU football: ESPN2 crew praises Cowboys ability to win close games

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    ESPN2 announcer Bob Wischusen marveled at Oklahoma State's ability to win close games as the Cowboys survived to win 33-26 in overtime at West Virginia on Saturday night. “For the third straight week, Oklahoma State finds a way to survive and get a Big 12 win,” Wischusen said. “There is just a sense of belief when you have done it before,” analyst Brock Huard said. “Gundy's crew is not perfect – they are a work in progress,” he added, noting they had the confidence they can prevail in close games. Huard praised OSU redshirt senior quarterback J.W. Walsh, who scored the winning touchdown, for staying with the team after losing his starting job to Mason Rudolph. “He knew he would have a role because Mike

  • OU football: ABC crew heaps praise on Texas coach Charlie Strong

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    ABC turned its telecast Saturday into a Charlie Strong lovefest as announcers Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman went overboard in praising the embattled Texas football coach in the Longhorns' 24-17 victory over Oklahoma. “This is a very good man and a very good football coach, celebrating his biggest win in Texas,” McDonough said after the game before Strong was doused with Gatorade. “It was chaos here,” Spielman said. “They needed something good to happen and now they can build on it.” On the postgame show, studio analyst Mack Brown, a former Texas coach, noted the importance of winning the rivalry game for the Longhorns and their fans. “This should turn the corner for them and get them going.

  • Former Notre Dame QB Quinn talks Mayfield, OU-West Virginia

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Brady Quinn, 30, a former Notre Dame and NFL quarterback, said he is “stoked” about watching his first OU game in Norman on Saturday and broadcasting it for FS1 with Joe Davis and sideline reporter Kris Budden. Quinn talked about the OU-West Virginia game and his broadcast career in a recent phone interview. Q: Some people have compared OU quarterback Baker Mayfield to Johnny Manziel. What's your impression of Mayfield? A: “I think he definitely has got the ability to scramble. I wouldn't necessarily put him in the same category as Johnny Manziel only because I think Baker Mayfield does a nice job of playing within the confines of the offense.

  • Media notes: Gideon Hamilton and Bobby Thompson named as Thunder Radio Network hosts

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Gideon Hamilton is replacing Craig Humphreys as host for the Thunder Radio Network pregame, halftime and postgame shows, and Bobby Thompson, who had previously worked for the network, will be co-host, Sports Animal radio network program director Chris Baker has announced. Hamilton graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2005 with a degree in broadcast journalism and has worked at WWLS for eight years, the last seven with the afternoon-drive team of Jim Traber and Al Eschbach. Thompson previously worked for WWLS for eight years, including three years on the Thunder Radio Network, before resigning to become a student recruiter at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore. He attended the University of Oklahoma and

  • Media notebook: Bob Stoops will be a guest on Katie Nolan's FS1 show

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    OU football coach Bob Stoops will be a guest on FS1's “Garbage Time With Katie Nolan” at 11 p.m. Wednesday. The segment, “Stoops on Stoops,” includes Katie interviewing Stoops on a couple of stops around New York. They talk about some of the current NFL players he's coached, including Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray and Adrian Peterson, and Stoops also gives Katie a fake “recruiting pitch” and tries to convince her to come play for him at Oklahoma. Part of the segment will also run on FS1's "College Football Pregame" show at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Short takes • ESPN "College GameDay" will return to Clemson, S.C., for the fourth time Saturday (8-11 a.m.) to preview the No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 12 Clemson game at

  • OSU football: ESPN announcer Mike Patrick botches biggest play of OSU-Texas telecast

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Normally reliable ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Patrick flubbed the biggest play of the OSU-Texas game Saturday afternoon, Texas' botched, 10-yard punt late in the game. A fact that analyst Ed Cunningham quickly corrected. "Bad snap... And it's kicked... Are you kidding me? ... kicked out of bounds," Patrick said. "Oh, my heavens!" Except, on the punt by Michael Dickson, it wasn't a bad snap at all. "It went right through his hands," Cunningham said. "Not a bad snap at all. Just a blunder by the kicker." On the other side of the ball, OSU kicker Ben Grogan nailed the game-winning 40-yard field goal to list the Cowboys to a 30-27 victory. And kicking-game mistakes cost the Longhorns for the second week in a

  • Media notes: Longhorn Network to air 2 1/2-hour pregame show for OSU-Texas game

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    "Texas GameDay" boasts a new set this year, with the addition of an Airstream trailer parked next to the anchor desk. Host Lowell Galindo will be joined by a trio of analysts, including David Thomas, Vince Young and Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams.

  • Ratings watch: OU-Tulsa telecast tops the week with 18.7 rating on FS1

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    OU's 52-38 victory over Tulsa topped the Oklahoma City TV ratings for the week with an 18.7 on FS1. Dallas' 20-10 victory over Philadelphia topped the NFL ratings with a 16.7 on KOKH-25. Sports events Sept. 15-21 1. Tulsa at Oklahoma, college football, Saturday, FS1, 18.7. 2. Dallas at Philadelphia, NFL, Sunday, KOKH-25, 16.7. 3. Denver at Kansas City, KWTV-9 13.6, NFL Network 1.5, combined 15.1. 4. Seattle at Green Bay, NFL, Sunday, KFOR-4, 13.1 5. UTSA at Oklahoma State, college football, Saturday, FS1, 12.0.

  • OSU football: FS1 analyst gives Cowboys high marks for improvement on offensive line, forcing turnovers

    mel bracht | Published: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    Early in the UTSA-OSU telecast on Saturday, rookie FS1 analyst Steve Hutchinson listed his three things to look for, including two involving the host Cowboys: "O-line step up" and "Get takeaways." Hutchinson, a seven-time All-Pro offensive lineman who played at Michigan, gave OSU high marks in both categories in its 69-14 whipping of the Roadrunners. "The O-line is stepping up," Hutchinson said, noting the combined yardage from passing and running. "I'm sure (Mike) Gundy would like to see more, but it's a step in the right direction." Hutchinson noted the Cowboys were using fewer plays, which benefited the line. "They took a big playbook, whittled it down and gave the guys a couple of plays to work with and improve