Spanish-speaking OKC Thunder fans get full home coveragePosted by Inside Hoops
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that the team will broadcast all 41 home games in Spanish language on both radio and television.
For the second straight season, the radio network will include Spanish language broadcasts on WKY 930 in Oklahoma City. Spanish language television broadcasts of the Thunder’s home games can be seen by selecting the Secondary Audio Program (SAP) option on your television.
“Bringing the Spanish broadcasts to the community on radio and TV through the use of the secondary audio is another important step for the Thunder to connect with our fans through all possible platforms,” said Ken Adelson, Thunder Senior Vice President and Executive Producer.
Veteran announcer Eleno Ornelas will be back as the Thunder’s Spanish language play-by-play voice for the second straight season. Ornelas brings a wealth of professional play-by-play experience in several different leagues. He currently serves as the coordinator of Spanish broadcasting for Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. He is the play-by-play announcer for all Rangers home and away Spanish radio broadcasts on KFLC 1270 AM. In addition, he contributes to the Rangers Hispanic marketing and community initiatives in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
“It’s going to be great to be back in Oklahoma City again this season,” Ornelas said. “The Ford Center was a loud and exciting arena last year, and I can’t wait to be a part of it again. I’m happy to be able to provide the NBA in Spanish to Thunder fans listening and watching all over the state of Oklahoma. I’m sure the Hispanic community will show up at the Ford Center again this year to support the Thunder.”
Ornelas joined the Rangers’ Spanish radio broadcast team in 2000 and did both play-by-play and analysis, working with Edgar Lopez, before becoming the full-time play-by-play announcer in 2003. Prior to joining the Rangers full-time, he worked in the sports department for 1270 AM.
The Juarez, Mexico native began his broadcasting career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at KRVA Radio in Dallas before joining KESS-AM in 1998. In addition to the Rangers, Ornelas was the play-by-play announcer for the Dallas Mavericks and has covered the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Burn soccer team during his tenure with 1270 AM.