Chris Plank, a veteran of Tulsa’s sports-talk radio airwaves, officially has joined the Sooner Sports Radio Network and Sooner Sports TV platforms, the school announced on Wednesday.
Plank, 40, told his radio audience last month that he was leaving 1430 The Buzz (KTBZ) after an 18-year run at the station.
At OU, Plank will continue to be the sideline reporter during football broadcasts. He will also call baseball and softball games as well as contribute on various Sooner Sports TV programs and produce a new weekly podcast for SoonerSports.com and the Sooner Sports Radio Network.
“This, to me, is a dream job,” Plank said on Wednesday night. “I’ve always wanted to be more involved in play-by-play and covering events. It’s not like you don’t get to do that in sports talk, but when I started (on the sideline of OU games) in 2011, it became very apparent this is where I wanted to be.”
Plank graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1997 and has been a member of 1430 The Buzz since that point. Leaving Tulsa – his only home outside of his native Wood River, Ill. – was difficult.
“I’ve lived two places my whole life, Tulsa and Wood River,” Plank said. “When we pulled out with the moving truck and went down the turnpike, it was hard and emotional. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”
Plank will remain on 1430 The Buzz until Aug. 27. On Aug. 28, a “favorite moments” show will be broadcast. Plank’s longtime co-host Jeremie Poplin has been promoted to program director and host of “The Big Show.”
Plank will resume his national radio show “FOX Sports Overtime,” which he co-hosts on Sunday nights with Arnie Spanier from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. nationally on more than 350 affiliates.
His first duty for Sooner Sports will be calling play-by-play of OU’s women’s soccer game against Little Rock on Aug. 30. It’s the first of many different sports that he’ll handle broadcast duties. Plank also will host the Coach’s Corner show on Thursday nights and help create the podcast.
“We’re going to try to do some cool things,” Plank said. “I’ve always had the vision of building a podcast network from scratch. It’s amazing everything that they have on Sooner Sports TV and the Sooner Sports Properties. It has meshed together and I definitely wanted to be more involved with them.”