Hello. My name is Holly. I'm part of a team of people who assemble the programming schedule for OETA.
We look at the PBS national schedule, local programs and programs from other stations and distributors. We take in all that information and combine it with Member ballot feedback and viewer suggestions, and at the end of the month, I put together a schedule for each of our four channels.
The following are some notes about upcoming programs, preemptions and other points of interest that viewers might not hear otherwise. I hope you'll find it useful!
Written by Holly on Wednesday February 17, 2010
OETA's "Fesitval" pledge drive begins in less than two weeks! The dates are March 1st through March 21st. We have lots of new, exciting programs this year -- concerts with Michael Buble, Pat Boone, Chet Atkins and many more... a new Rick Steves program... and several new self-help programs. Good stuff!! More information on Festival coming soon.
New episodes of DOCTOR WHO begin on May 15th with "Voyage of the Damned," starring David Tennant and Kylie Minogue.
Many of you have heard about a program called FOR THE LOVE OF LIBERTY: THE STORY OF AMERICA'S BLACK PATRIOTS. This program isn't from PBS but rather American Public Television. We've recorded it but we haven't been able to schedule it yet. It consists of two 2-hour episodes. Let me tell you, finding a place for a 2-hour special is hard enough, but finding a place for four hours of non-PBS programming is really tough. If we preempt our regular programs like ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, WASHINGTON WEEK or LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE, viewers are understandably upset. Such is the difficulty of programming a public television station. We can't please everyone, but we'll keep trying!
FRONTLINE will be taking a look at the earthquake in Haiti and trying to find whether the chaos in the aftermath could have been avoided and how to do better in the future. That's coming March 30th.
A couple of new local series begin in April. TWO WHEEL OKLAHOMA features a couple of motorcycle enthusiasts who take viewers on two-wheel rides across our state. It begins April 4th on Sunday mornings. And on April 11th, COWBOYS IN TALL GRASS begins on Sunday evenings. This series brings alive Oklahoma's rich history with old photos, old film and gifted storytellers.
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, MASTERPIECE presents "The Diary of Anne Frank." The clip I saw of this made me cry almost immediately.. and it wasn't even a sad part. It's just that well produced. You shouldn't miss it.
Shakespeare enthusiasts, get a pen and write this down... Wednesday, April 28th 7pm to 10:30pm... GREAT PERFORMANCES presents "Hamlet from the Royal Shakespeare Company." This edgy adaptation stars David Tennant (of DOCTOR WHO fame) as the tortured Danish prince and Patrick Stewart as Claudius. I can't wait!!
In Performance at the White House
Written by Holly on Wednesday February 10, 2010
The show must go on... and it did!
Despite the blowing snow and impending blizzard conditions, the cast and crew of IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE put together a fabulous performance of "A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement."
Press from The Washington Post, The New York Times and USA Today managed to attend yesterday's festivities, and all have published articles out today (or posted very late last night on their website). You might have seen them appear in your RSS feeds! Here's a sample of what was said:
It was truly a momentous occasion, as Bob Dylan performed "The Times They Are A-Changin'" for the 1st time in 30 years for a live audience...not to mention it was his first-ever performance at the White House. Joan Baez called for a singalong from the invited audience, and got one, on “We Shall Overcome." Yolanda Adams, a gospel luminary, sang “A Change Is Gonna Come,” while Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson traded lines on “People Get Ready.” Natalie Cole sang “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free,” and President Obama joined the closing all-star singalong for “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” often known as the black national anthem. Your viewers are in for an unforgettable treat!
IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE "A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement" airs tomorrow night, February 11 at 7pm on OETA.
We Heard the Bells
Written by Holly on Tuesday February 2, 2010
WE HEARD THE BELLS: THE INFLUENZA OF 1918 is new documentary for public television premiering on OETA Wednesday night, February 10th at 10pm. It explores the history of pandemic flu and its implications...for today and the future
WE HEARD THE BELLS explores the personal and family experiences of a diverse group of Americans during the influenza pandemic of 1918, including one survivor from Sequoyah County in Oklahoma. The history of the flu unfolds as these survivors tell their stories. Their memories frame key questions that drive the continuing search for answers to help us weather the current H1N1 pandemic and future flu pandemics.
The program is narrated by award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson.
Watch OETA and Earn College Credit
Written by Holly on Friday January 22, 2010
Starting this Sunday, January 24, at 5 o'clock in the morning, OETA will begin airing the Spring Semester of Adult Learning Telecourses.
For many, many years.. (I'm not exactly sure how many, but at least as long as I've been here).. OETA has aired telecourses like this to help people who are enrolled in "Distance Learning" programs at colleges across the state. They enroll at a college, watch the programs that air on OETA and then take tests throughout the semester to earn college credit.
The telecourses are organized through Rose State College. For more information on enrolling and earning college credit, click here.
Where's the New DOCTOR WHO?
Written by Holly on Friday January 15, 2010
DOCTOR WHO fans probably noticed that we finished the 2006 season last week with "Doomsday." Tonight we'll have the Christmas special "Runaway Bride," which transitions into the 2007 season.
In "Runaway Bride," a woman about to get married finds herself transported onto the TARDIS. The Doctor eventually learns that she is in some way linked to an alien plot to destroy the planet Earth. Will the Doctor save the girl (and the Earth) and take her back to her fiance? Or will he recruit her as his new travel companion? We'll see.
The 2007 season will begin next week with "Smith and Jones." We will continue airing the episodes in chronological order through the weeks, and by the time they've all aired once again, we will have secured the broadcast rights for the 2008 season. We estimate that to be in May.