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.


  • Collected Wisdom: Matt Pinto, Oklahoma City Thunder radio announcer

    INTERVIEWED BY MEL BRACHT, MBRACHT@OPUBCO.COM | Updated: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Pinto’s 25-year career as an NBA broadcaster includes stints with the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle SuperSonics

  • Sports media: Marv Albert says Thunder will be a major threat in playoffs even if they are a No. 7 or 8 seed

    Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Albert will call two Thunder games for TNT the next two weeks.

  • Sports media: ESPN releases bowl announcer assignments

    Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham and reporter Jeannine Edwards will call Russell Athletic Bowl between OU and Clemson

  • KSBI secondary channel 'This TV' is discontinued

    By Mel Bracht, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Griffin Communications, which owns KWTV-9, made the move after buying KSBI-52 this month.

  • Bedlam football: FS1 crew misses mistake OU made by accepting late penalty, punting again

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Fox Sports 1 analyst Joey Harrington called it "the biggest running into the kicker penalty in the history of Oklahoma State football.” But Harrington also could have called it one of coach Bob Stoops’ biggest blunders in his 16 years as OU football coach. The young broadcast team of Harrington, 36, and play-by-play announcer Joe Davis, who turned 27 on Saturday, failed to mention Stoops’ questionable decision to take the 5-yard penalty and punt again to Tyreek Hill, one of the most dangerous returners in the country. OU could have let OSU take the ball on its own 15 yard line with 1:01 left and no time outs after Hill’s fair catch.

  • Bedlam football: FS1's Joe Davis, Joey Harrington to call first Bedlam game

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Fox Sports 1’s team of Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and reporter Kris Budden will call its first Bedlam game.

  • Sports media: Fox Sports 1's Joel Klatt says OSU will have to play best game of season to beat OU

    By Mel Bracht | Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Klatt says running game and offensive line gives the Sooners the edge

  • Media notes: NBC hires Kyle Petty for its NASCAR coverage

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Petty will work alongside host Krista Voda as an analyst during pre- and post-race shows surrounding Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series race coverage, which launches this July. In addition, Petty will continue his role as a regular contributor to “NASCAR America” on NBCSN.

  • Media notes: Fox Sports Oklahoma, Cox announce telecast plans for OSSAA state championship games

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    Class 6A final between Jenks and Tulsa Union will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus

  • Ratings watch: Fox Sports 1's OU-Kansas telecast tops week with 16.1 rating

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Thunder averages 5.0 for four telecasts on Fox Sports Oklahoma

  • OSU football: Fox announcers Gus Johnson, Charles Davis endorse Mason Rudolph as Cowboys' QB of the future

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Freshman Mason Rudolph’s debut as Oklahoma State quarterback impressed Fox Sports announcers Gus Johnson and Charles Davis even in the Cowboys’ 49-28 loss Saturday night at Baylor. “I would be absolutely shocked if he does not have the ball when they play Bedlam in December,” Davis said. He noted that Rudolph should get the start even if Daxx Garman is healthy since OSU has blown the redshirt year for Rudolph. “Rudolph now represents what you’re doing next year,” said Davis, who earlier had compared him to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and complimented his touch on the deep ball. “I would cut him loose and let him go.

  • OU football: Fox Sports 1's Craig Bolerjack says Samaje 'Perine is perfection'

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    After calling Samaje Perine’s NCAA record-breaking run early in the fourth quarter, Fox Sports 1 announcer Craig Bolerjack summed up the record succinctly: “He’s breaking one tackle after another. Perine is perfection.” Bolerjack was impressed with Perine’s 427-yard performance, which broke Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon’s 408-yard rushing record. “He did it in a gritty, old-fashioned way – through the rain, through the mud.” Analyst Ryan Nece, a former UCLA linebacker said, “Oh yeah, old-school football, just the way I like it. Power football, inside power plays, lead plays. There was nothing fancy about it. Kansas knew what was coming. They couldn’t stop it.

  • OU football: Craig Bolerjack, Ryan Nece on the call for OU vs. Kansas

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    About the TV broadcasters: Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece will broadcast the game for Fox Sports 1. Bolerjack, 56, a former Kansas State linebacker, is the Utah Jazz’s TV announcer and also has worked for CBS Sports, covering college football and basketball and the NFL. Nece, 35, son of former NFL Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott, is a former UCLA linebacker who played in the NFL with Tampa Bay and Detroit. He was promoted to the booth this season after serving as a sideline reporter last year.

  • OSU football: Gus Johnson, Charles Davis to call Cowboys game vs. Baylor

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Fox’s lead college football broadcast team of Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and sideline reporter Molly McGrath will call its second OSU game this season as the Cowboys make their second straight prime-time appearance on Fox. The enthusiastic Johnson, 47, grew up in Detroit and played baseball at Howard University. Davis, 50, 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.

  • Media notes: 107.7 The Franchise shakes up on-air lineup

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Tony Casillas leaves station to spend more time with his family in Dallas

  • Media notebook: Cox will televise both Class 6A-I semifinal football games this weekend

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Jenks will face Owasso at 7 p.m. Friday, and Tulsa Union will play Mustang at 1 p.m. Saturday.

  • Ratings watch: Oklahoma football ratings continue slump

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Since Texas game, Sooners have yet to break 20.0 plateau

  • Oklahoma State football: Fox broadcast crew shocked by Cowboys' offensive ineptness

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    The Oklahoma State football team showed it wasn’t ready for prime time in being dismantled by Texas 28-7 Saturday night on Fox. The network likely will have more of the same from the Cowboys next Saturday night when it broadcasts the OSU-Baylor game. Fox Sports announcers Joe Davis and Joey Harrington appeared shocked by the total domination by the Longhorns over the Cowboys, which they said had ranked third in points scored over the previous three seasons. At one point in the second quarter noting OSU had scored only six times in its last 47 scoring drives, Harrington said, “That’s not a Mike Gundy offense. That’s not Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, Clint Chelf of J.W. Walsh, for that matter.

  • OU football: ESPN's Matt Millen dumbfounded by Sooners' first-half gameplan

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    OU 42, Texas Tech 30 — Samaje Perine ran for 213 yards in the Sooners’ come-from-behind win over Tech on Saturday. But most of that production came in the second half, forcing ESPN’s Matt Millen to question the Sooners’ playcalling in the first half.

  • Media notebook: Cox to air Mustang at Broken Arrow football playoff game

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    The game will be shown on Cox channels 3 and 703 and streamed at www.coxhshub.com.




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