BA teen blends sports, talk radio

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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9:56 am | Updated: 9:27 am, Thu Mar 29, 2012.

He’s only 15 years old but Broken Arrow’s Tyler Jones is making a name for himself in sports talk radio.

To the webcast world, he is Dr. Thunder.

A sophomore at South Intermediate High School, Jones hosts a 30-minute show –  The Dr. Report with Tyler Jones – Monday through Friday at 10 p.m. (CDT) from “the shed” in his backyard.

With a smooth baritone voice, which belies his youth, and a wealth of sports knowledge most twice his age can’t acquire, Jones is gaining national and international attention in the sports media world.

Perhaps most impressive is Jones’ guest list, which has included Bruce Howard, Joel Klatt, Tribble Reese, Kenny Albert and Chris Neville, just to name a handful.

To listen to his show, log onto http://www.blogtalkradio.com/search/the-dr.-report-with-tyler-jones/.

Tyler Jones’s passion for sports – perhaps the University of Oklahoma football – began at a young age.

A family photo, when he wasn’t even three months old, shows young Jones and his father, Charlie Jones, on the living room floor watching a televised University of Oklahoma football game.

By kindergarten, he was counting by 3s and 7s, which stumped his teacher, who was told Tyler Jones learned those numerals by watching football.

When he was seven, Tyler accompanied his father to a Sooner spring football game.

“I remember Tyler leaning on the railing in the south endzone,” Charlie Jones said. “He was taking it all in.”

That, too, was a family photo favorite. That moment was just the beginning.

As a fifth grader, while the family was living in La Grande, Ore., Tyler’s love for sports almost drove his teacher crazy.

“We had to write stories about animals and I got tired of that,” Tyler Jones said, grinning. “So, I turned them into sports stories.” His teacher told his parents the youngster needed to develop more interests.

Tyler Jones couldn’t get enough sports. He consumed every story he could read – in print, on internet … or anyway he could get it. His life was – and still is – about athletics.

In eighth grade, Jones did a weekly TV broadcast for this school.

After ninth grade, he launched into sports talk radio, doing a nightly show – called The Dr. Report With Tyler Jones – from La Grande. Shortly after the debut, his family moved to Broken Arrow and Jones didn’t miss a beat.

Now a sophomore at South Intermediate High School and two months from getting a drivers license, Jones is creating a small empire.

Blessed with baritone vocal chords before his time, Jones has carved a remarkable niche at a young age.

“He’s always had a deep voice,” Charlie Jones said. “When he was 8, he’d answer the phone and because he was voice was so low, people thought they were talking to me and Tyler would carry on a conversation for a long time.”

Having settled in Broken Arrow last October, Tyler Jones has continued his nightly sports talk show and has drawn attention from all over the world and some big names in the industry.

A few realize Jones originates the show from “the shed” in the backyard. Yes, the storage building that holds the lawn mower.

When weather conditions and he gets parental consent, Jones brings the show inside where “he paces back and forth across the kitchen floor for 30 minutes,” his father said.

Mother, Lesa Jones, prefers her son do the show from the shed because “he gets so loud. But it’s okay.”

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