From humble beginnings in a basement classroom, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) is now a statewide network that provides a diverse fare of television programs to viewers across Oklahoma and in surrounding states. In 1956 OETA began with one transmitting station, little money, limited broadcast hours and a small and an almost immeasurable audience. Today, with OETA's statewide network of four transmitting stations and 14 translator stations, more than 650,000 viewers tune into OETA on a weekly basis. OETA is America's most-watched Public Broadcasting Service network.
OETA is licensed to the state of Oklahoma and operates as a public/private partnership. OETA is supported by both public and private funds. State funds provide for some of OETA's operational expenses including helping to fund OETA’s extensive statewide network. OETA is responsible for maintaining the state’s infrastructure for the PBS Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) system, which provides a path between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and cellular service providers to relay important emergency information statewide via cellular networks.
OETA provides essential educational content and services that inform, inspire and connect Oklahomans to ideas and information that enrich our quality of life. We do this by consistently engaging Oklahomans with educational and public television programming, providing educational training and curriculum, outreach initiatives and online features that collectively encourage lifelong learning.
OETA will help create more knowledgeable, civically engaged and productive citizens of Oklahoma.
OETA works with others to help Oklahomans thrive.
OETA encourages lifelong learning with continuous, equal access to quality content.
OETA serves and is accountable to Oklahomans.
OETA encourages imagination, innovation and expression.
OETA wants to achieve the best quality results and be effective in its work.
OETA adheres to the highest standards of conduct, performance and fairness.
OETA is inclusive in its workforce, services and content.