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.”
Thulin, a Dallas resident who grew up in Pittsburgh, raves about the growth of Oklahoma City.
“To see Bricktown and what Mick Cornett has done as mayor. He’s a better mayor than a sportcaster,” Thulin said with a laugh of Cornett, the former KOCO-5 sports director. “I’m just so proud of him and so proud of the city.”
Thulin also experienced close up the spirit of the state last year when it rallied to help victims of the Moore tornado.
“My wife and I hopped in the car and we worked up there a couple of days, tearing down houses and stuff,” he said. “I was watching everyone chip in. It’s that spirit, you can’t tell people about that. You got to see it firsthand.
“The spirit of Oklahoma. I appreciate it a lot more than when I lived there. It’s just fun to get back there and be part of that again.”