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Sports Animal, Oklahoma City Thunder relationship extended

With the extension between the Cumulus Media and the Oklahoma City Thunder, The Sports Animal radio station in Oklahoma City will continue broadcasting Thunder games.

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The relationship between the Oklahoma City Thunder and The Sports Animal radio station has been extended. Since 2008, WWLS 98.1 FM has broadcasted all of OKC's preseason, regular season and postseason games.

With the multi-year deal agreement with Cumulus Media on Thursday, The Sports Animal will be the home for Thunder games for years to come. "We are proud and excited to continue our strong relationship with Cumulus and The Sports Animal," Thunder Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations Dan Mahoney said. "They are the leaders in sports radio in Oklahoma, with passion and excitement for Thunder Basketball." With the addition of the Thunder Radio Network, The Sports Animals' sister station KWPN-ESPN Radio 640 AM will also broadcast Thunder games. Matt Pinto, who has been the Thunder's radio play-by-play announcer 2007, will return for his sixth season.

"When Cumulus Media acquired these stations back in 2011, our then-pre-existing Thunder alliance was one of the first things the company identified as most exciting,"Cumulus Media Market Manager Larry Bastida said. "Consequently, the extension of our Thunder relationship was enthusiastically supported, especially when considering the partnership’s significant impacts on both listenership and advertising revenues, not to mention the thrill provided to our employees from being associated with a brand recognized worldwide."