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April 5, 2014

‘Sooner Sports Pad’ gets national acclaim

NORMAN — In its debut year “Sooner Sports Pad,” the student-produced television sports magazine from the University of Oklahoma, has won two major national awards.

The show is filmed with a live studio audience and is aired weekly on Fox Sports Oklahoma on Monday nights and replayed throughout the week on Fox Sports Southwest, where it can be seen in more than nine million television households.

“Sooner Sports Pad” won the grand prize for the Best Video Sports Program from the National Broadcasting Society at a conference in Los Angeles in March. Earlier in the year, the program also won the national award for the Best Student Sports Program Series from the Sports Video Group’s College Sports Media Awards.

“Seeing a student-produced program be singled out like this in its very first year is an exceptional achievement. Now at the end of its second year, ‘Sooner Sports Pad’ is setting the bar high for other student-produced programs in the nation,” Gaylord College Dean Joe Foote said. “We are grateful to SoonerVision for inviting us to make this program and are very proud of our students who are working at a very high professional standard.”

“Sooner Sports Pad” is co-produced by the Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication in partnership with SoonerVision, the video production unit of the University of Oklahoma Department of Athletics as part of its contract with Fox Sports. A crew of more than 50 students produces the program with the professional staff at SoonerVision. It is one of the few student-produced programs in the nation to be aired regularly on any major cable television network.

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