Mark Finkner becomes "The Voice of the Red Raiders"

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Oct. 5, 2007

Lubbock, Texas - Texas Tech Men's Basketball is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Finkner as "the Voice of the Red Raiders" beginning with the home opener against UC Riverside on November 10.

Mark begins his first season as the full-time play-by-play voice of Texas Tech Basketball for the 2007-2008 season. He filled in calling Red Raider Basketball in three of the past four seasons. Mark is currently the program director for the flagship station of the Red Raiders, Sports Radio 1340, KKAM and hosts "The Café" call-in show, weekdays from 11 AM to 1 PM. Mark was the play-by-play voice for Red Raider Baseball twelve of the previous thirteen seasons and was sideline reporter for Red Raider Football the past nine years. He has also hosted the Texas Tech coaches' radio shows for Bob Knight, Mike Leach, and Larry Hays.

"This switch in play-by-play positions is a win-win situation. I've worked the past 12 years with a winner in Coach Larry Hays and Texas Tech Baseball. Now, I get the opportunity to work with another winner, Coach Bob Knight and Red Raider Basketball. All his accomplishments, on and off the court, speak for themselves. I'm looking forward to a great season. I hope you enjoy the broadcasts as much as I will bringing them to you!"

Mark has won three Texas state broadcasting awards for his play-by-play with the most recent coming in 2004 for his play-by-play call of the Texas Tech vs. Iowa game at American Airlines Center in Dallas. He was also on the call for Coach Bob Knight's 850th career coaching win at Baylor in 2005.

Joining Mark for the radio broadcasts on the Texas Tech Sports Network as analyst will be Texas Tech veteran Gerald "Corky" Oglesby.

Corky earned his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma Baptist University in 1959 and his M. Ed. in 1965 from Texas A&M. After coaching at Tulsa Central High School, University of Tulsa, and Western Kentucky University, Corky came to Texas Tech in 1969 as the assistant basketball coach and recruiting coordinator for Bob Bass. Corky served in the same capacity under Gerald Myers through 1976. In 1977, he became the Texas Tech head track coach for 19 years. Presently, he is with the Red Raider Club working with Special Projects as a Developmental Officer.



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