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.

  • ESPN's Seth Greenberg: No. 3 OU isn't overrated despite recent struggles

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Veteran coach Seth Greenberg, 59, who posted a 383-293 record in 22 years as head basketball coach at Long Beach State, South Florida and Virginia Tech, has made a successful transition to broadcasting. In his second season with ESPN's "College GameDay," he will be in Norman on Saturday for shows at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to preview the OU-Kansas game at 1:30 on ESPN. Greenberg discussed the transition to broadcasting and the game in a phone call this week.  Q: Following your fine coaching career, how do you like the broadcasting side of college basketball? A: "It's totally different. I'm very fortunate. I don't take for granted the opportunity that has been given to me. I've got a great gig. I work with incredible people. The

  • Media notes: Marv Albert agrees to multiyear extension with TNT

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Veteran announcer Marv Albert has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with TNT to call NBA games. Albert will no longer work the NCAA Tournament under the new deal. In a conference call Tuesday, he said calling four games a day in the early rounds was too much strain on his voice, forcing him to take off some NBA telecasts to recover. Albert, 74, will call this weekend's NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, his 21st year providing commentary for the event. He will continue to work regular-season and playoff games for the network. The Hall of Fame broadcaster has been associated with the NBA for nearly 50 years, and is in his 18th season as a TNT play-by-play announcer. "I am obviously thrilled about the new contract

  • Ratings watch: Thunder gets second-best TV rating for Golden State game; Super Bowl ratings down 9 percent in Oklahoma City

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer   | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Nationally, CBS' Super Bowl 50 broadcast ranked second all time behind last year's game in viewership with an average 111.9 million viewers, trailing last year's game by 2.5 million.

  • ESPN's 'College GameDay' coming to Norman next week for OU-Kansas game

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    'College GameDay' will air at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from Lloyd Noble Center in advance of 1:30 p.m. game Saturday

  • Media notes: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook to be featured on NBA TV's 'NBA Inside Stuff'

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    All-Star starting guards Russell Westbrook of the Thunder and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers will be featured on NBA TV's "NBA Inside Stuff" at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Westbrook provides a behind-the-scenes look at one of the workouts that helped him prepare for his All-Star campaign. The show, co-hosted by Grant Hill and Kristen Ledlow, also takes a look at George's return to health and excellent first half of the season. This week's episode will also feature Toronto native and Raptors guard Cory Joseph talking about his breakout season and the city hosting next weekend's 65th NBA All-Star Game.

  • Sports media: CBS plans more production advancements for Super Bowl coverage

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Much has changed in sports television production in the 50 years since CBS and NBC televised the first Super Bowl in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 15, 1967. CBS executives are promising more advancements on Sunday when it covers Super Bowl 50 from Santa Clara, Calif. Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, credited Fox Sports executive David Hill for adding the continuous score and time graphic to the screen in 1994, when it obtained the TV rights to the NFL from CBS. The virtual first-and-10 line made its debut in 1998, and since has become a staple of college and NFL telecasts. "It's almost impossible to watch a football game without that," McManus said in a recent conference call.

  • Ratings watch: Thunder telecasts dominate Oklahoma City sports ratings for the week

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Thunder telecasts on Fox Sports Oklahoma swept the first four places in the Oklahoma City TV ratings in the first week without the NFL, excluding the Pro Bowl, which you probably can't call pro football. In the Big 12-SEC Challenge, the OU-LSU and Kentucky-Kansas games got 4.8 and 4.0, respectively, on ESPN. The OSU-Auburn game got a 1.8 on ESPN2. Nationally, the Kentucky-Kansas game generated 2,984,000 viewers, marking the most-viewed game in the third annual event. Across all ESPN networks, viewership for the Challenge was up 46 percent vs. the 2014 Challenge (846,000 vs. 579,000 viewers) and up 61 percent vs. the 2013 event (846,000 vs. 525,000 viewers). The Pro Bowl managed a 4.2 in Oklahoma City on ESPN, down 24 percent

  • Media notes: ESPN reporter Holly Rowe undergoes surgery to have tumor removed

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    ESPN reporter Holly Rowe, who regularly covers Big 12 Conference "Big Monday" men's basketball games, underwent surgery Tuesday to have a tumor removed. Rowe had surgery last May to remove a tumor in her chest, and she said in a statement released by the network Tuesday that a new tumor had been found. "In the coming days, I will know more about what potential additional steps I may take to address this situation," Rowe said in the statement. She thanked colleague Shelley Smith for her guidance after Smith went through her own cancer treatments. "I know I can conquer anything with prayer, love, positive energy and the support of good people behind me, and I am thankful for my son and amazing family," Rowe said.

  • Sports media notebook: 'ESPN Virtual 3' technology to be used on ABC's Saturday night NBA games

    By Mel Bracht, Staff Writer,   | Published: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    ESPN has announced it will debut "ESPN Virtual 3," a technology that illuminates the 3-point line for every 3-point shot attempt, for the second edition of "NBA Saturday Primetime" when the San Antonio Spurs host the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC. The technology will be used for all "NBA Saturday Primetime" on ABC broadcasts this season. The technology will illuminate the 3-point line in red. In the event of a successful 3-point shot attempt, the 3-point line will remain illuminated until the ball transitions to the other team. For a missed 3-pointer, the illumination will end instantly. “ESPN Virtual 3' will provide a subtle, yet impactful new way to enjoy an element of an NBA game," said Tim Corrigan,

  • OKC Sports Ratings Watch: AFC Championship tops week with 26.0

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    CBS' coverage of the AFC Championship topped the Oklahoma City ratings for the week with a 26.0 rating on KWTV-9. Nationally, CBS earned a fast-national rating of 29.3 and 53.3 million viewers, making it the second most-watched AFC Championship in 39 years. The Thunder had a good week on FSOK, topped by a 9.1 rating for its 109-106 victory over Dallas on Friday night. In men's college basketball, the OU-Baylor game Saturday on ESPN got a 4.2 and the OSU-Kansas game Tuesday night on ESPN2 got a 4.1. Sports events Jan. 19-25 1. AFC Championship, New England at Denver, Sunday, KWTV-9, 26.0. 2. NFC Championship, Arizona at Carolina, Sunday, KOKH-25, 17.8. 3. Oklahoma City at Dallas, NBA, Friday, FSOK, 9.1. 4.

  • Media notes: OKC Dodgers' broadcasts to air again on KGHM-AM 1340, "The Game," under new three-year deal

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Dodgers and iHeartMedia Oklahoma City have announced an extension to their  partnership, keeping OKC Dodgers games on KGHM-AM 1340 “The Game” through the 2018 season. All 144 games will air on 1340 “The Game,”, and through the iHeartRadio mobile app beginning 15 minutes before first pitch with “Dodgers on Deck” and concluding with “The Dodgers Post-Game Report” following each game.  Nationally syndicated broadcasts of the Triple-A All-Star Game and the Triple-A National Championship will continue to air on KGHM as well. “OKC Dodgers Rewind” will air as a daily recap of the previous game across other iHeartMedia properties. Alex Freedman will return as radio voice

  • Media notes: NBA TV to air Warriors-Spurs showdown game Monday night

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    NBA TV will televise the highly anticipated NBA Western Conference showdown between the teams with the two best records in the league, Golden State and San Antonio, at 9:30 p.m. Monday. The network's coverage will include Craig Sager reporting from Oakland, Calif. Studio analyst Grant Hill discussed the matchups he's most looking forward to seeing: “Will Tony Parker make Stephen Curry work on the defensive end and attack him? I want to see Draymond Green and LaMarcus Aldridge; Aldridge's length and ability to cover a lot of space defensively, and also his ability to score over the smaller Green.

  • Sports media notebook: Rachel Nichols to host daily NBA show after rejoining ESPN

    By Mel Bracht, Staff Writer, | Published: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    As part of her return to ESPN, Rachel Nichols will host a new, daily program focused on the NBA that will debut Feb. 18 when NBA games resume following the All-Star break. Nichols has been working for CNN and Turner Sports. "The Jump" will air on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. weekdays. The fast-paced, half-hour program will originate from ESPN's Los Angeles studios and will include regular appearances by current and former NBA players, as well as ESPN analysts, reporters and insiders. “'The Jump' is going to be a great big conversation about all the fun, serious, smart, crazy, big-issue, small-smile moments that make the NBA so fascinating,” Nichols said in a news release.

  • ESPN's Van Gundy says Thunder must shore up defense to be title contender

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    ABC begins its new "NBA Saturday Primetime" series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls. ABC/ESPN's No. 1 team of Mike Breen and analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson will call the games. Two Thunder games will be part of the eight-game series — a home game against Golden State on Feb. 27 and a road game against San Antonio on March 12. The series will tip off each week at 7 p.m. with a 30-minute "NBA Countdown telecast" with host Sage Steele and analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose. In a conference call Tuesday, Van Gundy and Rose discussed the NBA season. Here are their thoughts on the Thunder and rookie coach Billy Donovan. Q: The Thunder is a distant third in the West.

  • Media notes: NFL Network to re-air Super Bowl I for the first time

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Forty-nine years to the day after the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs squared off in Super Bowl I, NFL Network will be the first network to replay this historic game on television. "Super Bowl I: The Lost Game" will air at 7 p.m. Friday.  Super Bowl I, which the Packers won 35-10, was broadcast by both NBC, the official broadcaster of the AFL, and CBS, the official broadcaster of the NFL, and remains the only Super Bowl to have been broadcast live in the U.S. by two networks. CBS and NBC tapes of the game were either lost or recorded over and no full video version of the game has existed — until now.

  • Media notes: Gonzaga basketball team to be featured on HBO reality series

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    The Zags, coached by Mark Few, have appeared in 17 consecutive NCAA Tournaments overall, placing them fourth in active streaks behind Kansas, Duke and Michigan State.

  • ESPN to cover No. 2 OU basketball team's game against Kansas State from an Orlando, Fla., studio on lower-rated ESPNEWS

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    The broadcast team of Mark Neely, a former Tulsa Drillers broadcaster who lives in Kansas City, Mo., and analyst Jerod Ward, a former University of Michigan and European professional player, won't even be in Lloyd Noble Center for the game. They will be calling the game from a studio at Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.

  • Ratings watch

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    OU-Kansas telecast sets record ESPN's telecast of the Orange Bowl (Oklahoma vs. Clemson) topped the Oklahoma City ratings for the week with a 29.4 rating — a 57 percent increase from last year's meeting between the teams in the Russell Athletic Bowl (18.7). Due to lopsided games, ESPN's ratings for the New Year's Six bowls averaged 6.7 million and 12 million viewers, down 17 percent from last season. The Orange Bowl earned a 9.1 and 15,640,000 viewers and the Sugar Bowl (Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss) got a 5.1 and 8,940,000 viewers. Birmingham, Ala., was the highest-rated market for the six bowls with a 23.6 average, followed by Columbus, Ohio, 17.3; Tulsa, 14.1; and Oklahoma City, 14.0.

  • Media notes: Thunder to make two ESPN appearances this week

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Both games also will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma (Brian Davis, Michael Cage and reporter Lesley McCaslin).

  • OU-KU game sets Big 12 ratings record for ESPN's 'Big Monday'

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Kansas’ triple-overtime 109-106 victory delivered a 1.9 overnight national rating, 10.7 rating in Oklahoma City