Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 22 – The Oklahoma City Thunder has announced the hiring of Lesley McCaslin as its new courtside/web reporter and host for game broadcasts on FOX Sports Oklahoma. She joins play-by-play announcer Brian Davis, analyst Grant Long and radio announcer Matt Pinto on the Thunder broadcast team.
McCaslin comes to the Thunder from Dallas where she has worked as an anchor and reporter on FOX Sports Southwest, covering the Dallas Mavericks, the Texas Rangers, and Big 12 and Conference USA football. Her career also includes Texas high school football broadcasts and local TV sports reporting in Texas markets Austin and Abilene. She grew up in west Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.
“We are thrilled to have Lesley join the Thunder broadcast team,” said Dan Mahoney, vice president of Corporate Communications. “She is an experienced professional with a great knowledge of and passion for the game of basketball. She will offer our viewers and web visitors valuable insight into Thunder Basketball.”
As host and courtside/web reporter, McCaslin will anchor the team’s pregame show “Thunder Live,” provide courtside reports during the game broadcasts and be a frequent video contributor to the team website, THUNDER.NBA.COM, covering Thunder Basketball and community events. She also will host the weekly “Thunder Insider” show, which appears on FOX Sports Oklahoma, THUNDER.NBA.COM, NewsOK.com and TheSportsAnimal.com.
"I am very excited to be joining a quality organization as respected as the Thunder,” McCaslin said. “I love the team's commitment to the community and strong family atmosphere. I look forward to being in Oklahoma City, covering the Thunder and continuing my relationship with FOX."
McCaslin will join the Thunder later this month, with her first appearance on the broadcast of the Thunder preseason game in Wichita vs. the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 24.
Also added to the Thunder/FOX Sports Oklahoma broadcast team for the 2012-13 season is Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, who will serve as in-studio analyst for Thunder games. Lieberman will join FOX Sports Oklahoma anchors to provide pregame, halftime and postgame analysis.
FOX Sports Oklahoma’s broadcasts of 70 Thunder games during the 2012-13 regular season can be seen on cable and satellite outlets throughout Oklahoma and portions of Kansas and Arkansas, reaching up to 1.7 million viewers. A full broadcast schedule is available at THUNDER.NBA.COM.