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.

  • 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

  • OU Football: Spencer Tillman joins the Baker Mayfield-Johnny Manziel comparision chorus

    BY MEL BRACHT | Updated: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    New OU quarterback Baker Mayfield drew comparisons to a former Texas A&M quarterback — John Manziel — from FS1 analyst Spencer Tillman on the network's play of the game, a remarkable scramble by Mayfield before finding an open tight end Mark Andrews for a touchdown.  "It was a Johnny Manzielesque effort on that particular play to find him in the end zone in a Johnny Manziel manner," said Tillman, a former Sooner running back calling his first OU game for FS1. Andrews actually caught it near the 5 before running in for the score. Later in Oklahoma 52-38 victory over Tulsa, Tillman told play-by-play colleague, "Tim Brando, he looked like a candidate.

  • Ratings watch

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer   | Updated: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    OU telecast earns 22.8 OU's 31-24 double-overtime victory over Tennessee topped the week with a 22.8 on ESPN, a 2 percent decrease from last year's game on KOCO-5 (23.2). With a 4.2 for its 32-8 victory over Central Arkansas on Fox Sports Oklahoma, OSU had its worst rating since The Oklahoman started charting them in 2007. The rating was hurt by going against the OU telecast, which started 90 minutes earlier. The only rating close to that in the nine-year span was a 4.6 for the Cowboys' storm-delayed 59-33 victory over Tulsa on FSOK on Sept. 18, 2011, which didn't end until 3:35 a.m.  Sports events Sept. 8-14 1. Oklahoma at Tennessee, college football, Saturday, ESPN, 22.8. 2. N.Y. Giants at Dallas, NFL, Sunday,

  • OU football: ESPN announcer Brad Nessler marvels at Sooners' 'amazing comeback'

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer   | Updated: Sun, Sep 13, 2015

    After Zack Sanchez stepped in front of a Tennessee receiver and intercepted a pass to seal Oklahoma's 31-24 overtime victory Saturday night and end the four-hour game, ESPN play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler marveled at the Sooners' second-half comeback. "Oklahoma comes back and upsets ... what looked like a sure win for Tennessee ... an amazing comeback by Oklahoma." He noted it was the largest lead Tennessee had ever blown at home. Nessler and analyst Todd Blackledge credited quarterback Baker Mayfield for finishing strong after a dismal first three quarters when many OU fans likely were calling for Trevor Knight to take over the offense.

  • OSU football: Mike Morgan, J.C. Pearson, Steffi Sorensen to call OSU vs. Central Arkansas

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Mike Morgan, analyst J.C. Pearson and sideline reporter Steffi Sorensen will call the game for Fox Sports Oklahoma. Mike Morgan, a radio broadcaster for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves, is a former voice of the South Carolina Gamecocks football, basketball and baseball teams. Pearson, a former University of Washington and Kansas City Chiefs defensive back, has called NFL and college football games since 2003. Sorensen was a standout player for the University of Florida women's basketball team, and also is a fitness model and trainer.

  • OU football: Veteran crew of Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe to call OU vs. Tennessee

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    The veteran broadcast team of Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will call the game for ESPN. Nessler, a Minnesota State University graduate who joined ESPN in 1992, is one of the leading play-by-play commentators in the business. He was also the play-by-play voice of EA Sports “NCAA Football” and college basketball “March Madness” video games.  A former Penn State and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Blackledge rejoined ESPN in 2009 after a stint with CBS. Blackledge lives in Canton, Ohio, and also coaches high school basketball. Rowe, a University of Utah graduate, is one of ESPN's top sideline reporters, covering football, men's basketball and softball, as well as the NBA and WNBA.

  • Ratings watch: OSU-Central Michigan telecast tops week with 12.2

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer   | Published: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    ESPNU's telecast of OSU's 24-13 victory over Central Michigan on Thursday night topped the Oklahoma City sports ratings for the week with a 12.2.