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.

  • What you need to know about new Oklahoma City Thunder TV analyst Michael Cage

    By Mel Bracht | Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    THUNDER PREVIEW — Since he’ll be in your home for nearly 100 evenings this season, here’s 12 things you need to know about new Thunder TV analyst Michael Cage:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder has become network darlings

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    THUNDER PREVIEW — From 2010-15, the Oklahoma City Thunder ranks fourth in national TV appearances on ESPN, TNT and ABC despite playing in NBA’s third-smallest market

  • Sports media: Film director had to warm up to idea of ESPN documentary on former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    “Brian and The Boz” will debut at 8 p.m. Tuesday

  • Oklahoma football: With a new ESPN film coming out, Brian Bosworth says 'The Boz' is finally dead

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Brian Bosworth didn’t want a film made about his playing career and life until there was an ending. Bosworth said the ending to “Brian and The Boz” came on March 3, 2013.

  • OSU football: Vetern ESPN crew of Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham to call Saturday's game

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    ESPN’s crew of Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham and reporter Quint Kessenich will call its first OSU game this season. Patrick, 69, a George Washington University graduate, joined ESPN in 1982. He is the play-by-play voice for many of the network’s top events, including college football, men’s basketball and the College World Series. Cunningham, 45, a former offensive lineman with the University of Washington, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, also has produced several films. Kessenich, 46, was an All-American lacrosse goalkeeper at John Hopkins University.

  • Ratings watch: Kansas State-Oklahoma telecast gets 19.9 rating

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Nationally, ABC’s Notre Dame-Florida State telecast is highest-rated college game this season

  • World Series: Fox's new baseball broadcast crew hits home run in its first season

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Joe Buck and first-year analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci offer interesting insights and quiet during dramatic moments

  • OSU football: Fox Sports 1 crew highly critical of Cowboys' offense

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Fox Sports 1 analyst Charles Davis said he was surprised by the lopsidedness of No. 12 TCU’s 42-9 rout of No. 15 Oklahoma State on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas. “I thought we would have a much more evenly contested battle, at least in the first half,” Davis said. Davis was stunned by the lack of firepower from OSU’s offense, which failed to score a touchdown. Sideline reporter Molly McGrath had noted to start the third quarter that OSU coach Mike Gundy had told her that his team didn’t have the same explosive capabilities of TCU. That was clearly evident to all viewers. “That’s just weird to hear that statement and then to just watch them struggle to manufacture offense,” Davis said.

  • OU football: ESPN breaks down Michael Hunnicutt's technique that led to missed field goals

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    ESPN announcer Dave Pasch was as startled as many of the spectators Saturday afternoon at Owen Field as he called Michael Hunnicutt’s missed 19-yard field goal with 3:53 left that cost the Sooners the chance to take the lead vs. Kansas State. “And he missed it wide to the left! I can’t believe he hooked it! Considered by many to be the best kicker in college football and he hooked that thing dead left from 19 yards.” Oklahoma went on to lose 31-30. Analyst Brian Griese, a former Michigan and NFL quarterback, said, “That’s a confidence thing. Michael Hunnicutt, normally solid, and he’s flustered.” Examining the kick on the replay, Griese noted Hunnicutt’s form was off.

  • Media notes: Fox Sports 1 sets ratings record with Cardinals-Giants NLCS

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    Game 4 of NLCS nets 5.1 million viewers. St. Louis led all markets posting a 24.3 for Game 4 and 25.2 for Game 5. Oklahoma City tied for 10th for Game 4 with a 3.7.

  • Ratings watch: Oklahoma-Texas game gets 30.1 rating on KOCO-5

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Dallas-Seattle game produces highest NFL rating with 18.7.

  • OSU football: Fox Sports 1 crew surprised Kansas kicked to Tyreek Hill

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, | Updated: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Fox Sports 1 play-by-play announcer Craig Bolerjack clearly was surprised by Kansas’ decision to kick to OSU speedster Tyreek Hill after the Jayhawks tied the game 20-20 Saturday. “They kick away! They kick away!” It was a decision Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen would soon regret. “Tyreek Hill at the 2… 25, 30 … Tyreek Hill 40… Look out! Hill will take it to the house!” Analyst Ryan Nece added, “Boom! That’s why you don’t kick to Tyreek Hill. That one could be the one.” “Is this kid from this planet?,” Bolerjack added. “Lightning has struck Lawrence. You have to see it to believe it.” On the second replay, FS1 put a clock on the return showing Hill ran the 99 yards in

  • OU football: ABC crew critical of Texas players', coaches' discipline

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    ABC’s announcing team of Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and sideline analyst Todd McShay continually harped on Texas’ sloppy play in the Longhorns’ 31-26 loss to the Sooners, even mental lapses by the coaching staff. After Texas scored its final touchdown, the Longhorns had to burn a timeout on the two-point conversion. “You knew if you scored a touchdown, you’re going for 2,” McDonough said. “That play should have been called… That’s on him (Charlie Strong) and his coaching staff.” “He (Charlie Strong) and his staff need to be more disciplined,” he said, noting that he had seen similar lapses in watching video of other Longhorn games.

  • Media notes: Former Sooner Gerald McCoy will be profiled on ESPN's 'E:60'

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Portrayed as the NFL’s gentle giant, former Southeast High School and OU standout Gerald McCoy prefers the lighter side of life.

  • Oklahoma football: Fox's OU-TCU telecast tops week with 24.5 on KOKH-25

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Kansas City Royals get best two baseball ratings of week. OSU gets a 9.9 on FS1.

  • OU football: Fox crew of Gus Johnson, Charles Davis laud TCU's defensive performance

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    After the game, excitable Fox Sports announcer Gus Johnson called TCU linebacker Paul Dawson’s game-winning pick-six interception a momentous play for the third-year Big 12 Conference program. “That is the play that will be forever a part of TCU football,” he said. At the time, analyst Charles Davis credited Dawson for deciphering Trevor Knight’s pass. “Watch him read the play, stay with the eyes of the quarterback, delayed rush and what a catch as Paul Dawson takes it the other way. He’s a high school wide receiver.” The fourth-ranked Sooners had several opportunities to pull out a victory, but failed to sustain an offensive drive. “Fittingly that the defense finished things off for TCU,” Davis

  • OSU football: Fox Sports 1 crew 'shocked' by play call, official's reversal on first half's last play

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    Fox Sports 1 play-by-play announcer Tim Brando said he was shocked by Oklahoma State’s go-ahead touchdown on the final play of the first half, both by the play call and the reversal by the replay official. After watching several replays, neither Brando nor analyst Brady Quinn said they thought running back Desmond Roland had broken the plane of the goal line for the score. “I’m shocked,” said Brando, who was calling his first OSU game in 26 years. “I continue to be amazed by the way replay works.” Quinn said, “They didn’t call it a touchdown. … I didn’t think there was enough evidence to overturn it.” Brando said calling a run with so little time on the clock stunned him.

  • OU football: Gus Johnson back in the booth for OU vs. TCU

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    Fox’s lead college football broadcast team of Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and sideline reporter Molly McGrath will call its second OU game this season. Johnson, 47, gained fame for his enthusiastic style calling “March Madness” games for CBS. Davis, 49, a former University of Tennessee defensive back, also works for the NFL Network. McGrath, 25, a former Boston College cheerleader, co-hosts “America's Pregame” show for Fox Sports 1.

  • OSU football: Tim Brando, former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn to call OSU vs. ISU

    Published: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    Tim Brando and Brady Quinn will call Oklahoma State’s home game vs. Iowa State. Brando, 58, the longtime host of CBS’ “College Football Today” studio show, joined Fox Sports in June. His last OSU telecast was the Cowboys’ 10-6 victory over Missouri on Dec. 4, 1986, on ESPN. Quinn, 29, is a former Notre Dame quarterback who played for six NFL teams in seven seasons.

  • Media notes: Katy Perry to be guest picker on ESPN's “College GameDay”

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    “College GameDay” will be in Oxford, Miss., site of the Alabama-Ole Miss game