The Oklahoma City Thunder broadcast team earned a Heartland Regional Emmy Award for it’s live game telecast of the Thunder vs. the LA Lakers on Dec. 22, 2009, airing on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
“To receive this honor after just two seasons of existence is a testament to the hard work and teamwork exemplified by this remarkable group of broadcasters,” said Thunder Senior Vice President and Executive Producer Ken Adelson. “It could not have been achieved without terrific support from the entire Thunder organization and the players gave us an incredible canvas to work from.” (Quoted in an article from The Daily Oklahoman, July 21, 2010)
The Thunder telecast featured broadcasters Brian Davis, Grant Long and Matt Pinto. The game proved strong enough to beat out a group of nominees that included entries from Fox Sports Rocky Mountain and Altitude in Denver. The team’s weekly magazine television show, “Air Thunder,” also received a nomination for best sports program series.
The Heartland Chapter represents markets in Oklahoma City; Tulsa; Denver, Wichita/Hutchinson, Kan.; Omaha; Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo.; Lincoln/Hastings-Kearny, Neb.; Topeka, Kan.; Grand Junction/Montrose, Colo.; Cheyenne/Scottsbluff, Wyo.; and North Platte, Neb.