Broadcasting nine games in four days is a big challenge for any broadcaster. But FSN sportscaster Ron Thulin is excited about the assignment of calling the entire Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament, especially since its in his “old hometown,” where he attended Bethany Nazarene (now Southern Nazarene) and worked for Channel 4.
The telecasts will air on a variety of Fox Sports channels, culminating with the semifinals and championship on Fox Sports 1.
“It’s special,” Thulin said. “It’s huge for me because I run into a lot of old friends. A lot of the guys on our crew I worked with at Channel 4. I get to see my old hometown. It’s a thrill for me. If it wasn’t for Oklahoma City, I wouldn’t have been to the NBA. I wouldn’t have done everything I’ve done.”
Thulin, 60, credits late KFOR-4 sports director Bob Barry Sr. for getting him started in sportscasting. Thulin has gone on to work at the network level, including calling college football games for TBS and the NBA for TNT and TBS.
“He took a chance on me when I was quite the geek,” Thulin said. “He saw something. It’s funny. Everything I do as far as preparation is what Bob taught me. My spotting board for football and basketball. The way you just have fun doing the broadcast. Bob and Robbie Robertson would always drill into me to have fun and give correct information.”