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Oklahoma City Thunder announcer comes ‘to feel at home here’

by Bryan Painter Published: February 8, 2009
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/> Another man shopping had that ‘I think I know who you are’ look. But he kept his distance until Davis headed to the front of the store.

"I started to go to the checkout counter,” Davis said, "and that’s when this guy walked up to me, introduced himself and just said, ‘Hey, look, I really like what you’re doing on TV, and I’m really, really glad you’re here.’ And that was it.”

A longtime-friend, Chicago television reporter Phil Rogers, told him what to expect when Davis got the job in Oklahoma City. Rogers is a native of Stillwater.

"He said, ‘They will give you the shirt off their back and the closet it hangs in,’” Davis recalled.

Davis said others have discovered this, too.

Embracing Oklahoma
Davis loves omelets at the Classen Grill, knows most of the B.C. Clark Christmas jingle and can’t wait to take his wife, Judy, to a powwow.

He’s read Robert L. Dorman’s "It Happened in Oklahoma.” He is fascinated by the grit of Kate Barnard, the first woman in American history to be elected to a state office. He spent a recent morning at the Oklahoma History Center.

Davis has absorbed much of Oklahoma. But nothing compares with those the Sunday morning stops at the memorial.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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AT A GLANCE
BRiAN DAVIS

Age: 52.

Family: Wife, Judy Federa, married 30 years; daughter Ilona Davis, 19; son Evan Davis, 15.

Graduated: Northwestern University, degree in journalism.

Background: Fifth season with the franchise (Seattle and now Oklahoma City) and his first as the team’s television play-by-play

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