Oklahoma City’s new NBA team said Wednesday its games will be broadcast on a locally based all-sports radio station.


 Oklahoma City’s new NBA team said Wednesday its games will be broadcast on a locally based all-sports radio station.
The franchise signed the agreement with Citadel Broadcasting Corp. to air the games on WWLS, which broadcasts on both AM and FM frequencies. The wattage for the station’s FM signal was recently upgraded by 516 percent, Citadel officials said.
WWLS will serve as the flagship station for a statewide network the team plans to develop during the coming months, said Clay Bennett, the chairman of the team’s ownership group. He said WWLS, which is marketed under the nickname “The Sports Animal,” is recognized as the leader in Oklahoma sports radio.
The names of the announcers and studio hosts for the broadcasts have not yet been released.
The multiyear deal with Citadel includes exclusive rights for pre- and post-game coverage 90 minutes before and after games. Citadel also will air a year-round weekly program on the team on WWLS as well as daily segments about the team.
The team and its broadcasts also will be promoted on Citadel’s four other Oklahoma City stations, said Larry Bastida, Citadel’s Oklahoma City market manager.
Financial details of the deal were not released.
“We plotted an aggressive course in our pursuit to be a team partner,” Bastida said. “We feel it’s a unique and exciting opportunity for our listeners, our advertisers and our employees to partner with this franchise and the NBA. We’re pumped!”
In choosing a broadcast partner, the new NBA team chose not to follow in the path of the New Orleans Hornets, who spent two seasons in Oklahoma City following Hurricane Katrina. The Hornets’ games were broadcast the first season on KTOK-AM and the second season on KHBZ-FM. Both stations are owned by Clear Channel Communications.