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New faces on the Oklahoma City Thunder sideline

by Mel Bracht Published: October 9, 2009
The Oklahoma City Thunder went outside the market to fill its TV sideline position, hiring an NBA veteran and an NBA rookie to split job duties.

Veteran sportscaster Tom Werme will work 17 Wednesday night games, home and away, on KSBI-52, Thunder TV. Former OU basketball player Elissa Walker Campbell will work about 25 home games for Fox Sports Oklahoma.

"Both have an incredible amount of experience and versatility,” said Ken Adelson, Thunder senior vice president and executive producer. "They’ll be involved in multiple platforms.”

Fox Sports Oklahoma won’t use a sideline reporter for about 40 telecasts. Adelson said game analyst Grant Long will handle interviews, and other network personnel will serve as host. Last season, sideline reporter Brent Weber worked most of the games.

A University of Syracuse graduate, Werme, 40, has experience covering the Charlotte Bobcats, and also has worked as a play-by-play announcer with Fox Sports South, the Big Ten Network and Raycom Sports. A Fort Mill, S.C., resident, Werme said he does a lot of voice-over work and even played a sportscaster in the May 2007 season finale of CW’s "One Tree Hill.”

"It works out great to get some additional work in the NBA,” Werme said. "I just love the electricity of an arena on game night, especially when you have superstar athletes in the building.”

Walker Campbell, the daughter of the late Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Walker, was a reserve forward for the Sooners from 1989-92.

by Mel Bracht
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...
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