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OETA Wins Two Regional Heartland Emmy Awards

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OETA Wins 2 Heartland Emmys
Robert Reid, Jonathan Thompson, Robert Burch, Ryan Lorg

Oklahoma Educational Television Authority is proud to announce its outstanding achievement of winning two prestigious 2023 Regional Heartland Emmy Awards. These awards recognize the exceptional quality and dedication of OETA's programming and its commitment to delivering enriching content to audiences across the region.

The first Emmy was awarded in the "LIFESTYLE - LONG FORM CONTENT" category to the Gallery America episode titled "Oklahoma Outback: Western Oklahoma Road Trip." This captivating episode takes viewers on an extraordinary art road trip through the Oklahoma Outback and Western Oklahoma, offering a fresh perspective on a region often overlooked. Exploring the backroads, host Robert Reid, and videographer Jonathan Thompson visit art co-ops in Clinton, OK and witness the vibrant mural districts in Woodward, OK. The episode delves into the local lore, from windmills to the works of renowned architect Bruce Goff and the fascinating WPA-era Kiowa murals. It also showcases the region's natural attractions, including the majestic Black Mesa.

Susan Cadot, Vice President of Production at OETA, expressed her excitement over the award, saying, "We are incredibly honored to receive this Regional Heartland Emmy Award for 'Oklahoma Outback: Western Oklahoma Road Trip.' This recognition is a testament to our dedicated team's commitment to producing engaging and thought-provoking content. We are proud to bring the beauty and rich cultural heritage of Western Oklahoma to audiences, inspiring them to explore and appreciate the lesser-known aspects of our state."

The second Emmy win was in the "POLITICS/GOVERNMENT - LONG FORM CONTENT" category for the episode titled "Carl Albert, Little Giant," part of the popular series "Back in Time." This episode sheds light on the remarkable life and accomplishments of Carl Albert, a towering figure despite his modest physical stature of five feet four inches. Born in a mining camp, Albert ascended to become second in line to the presidency, not once but twice. In 1947, he achieved his dream by serving alongside notable political figures such as John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon. Known as the "Little Giant from Little Dixie," Albert ultimately rose to the position of Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Regional Heartland Emmy Awards celebrate excellence in television programming within the Heartland Chapter region, encompassing television markets in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado. OETA's success in winning two awards highlights its unwavering commitment to producing exceptional content that captivates and educates audiences.

For press information and inquiries, please contact Jarred Smith, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at OETA, by e-mail



About Gallery America
OETA’s Emmy Award winning Gallery America brings you the best in the arts from Oklahoma and around the nation. Hosted by Robert Reid, Gallery America is dedicated to showcasing Oklahoma’s visual and performing talents and culture.

About Back in Time 
Back in Time is OETA’s award-winning documentary series showcasing significant people, events, and stories that shaped the history of Oklahoma.

About OETA
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. For more information about education curriculum and programs, local productions, digital television, community resources and show schedules explore

Gallery AmericaOklahoma Outback: Western Oklahoma Road Trip

Gallery America takes an art roadtrip of the Oklahoma Outback and Western Oklahoma.

Back in TimeCarl Albert: Little Giant

Carl Albert, from humble beginnings to the most powerful politician in Oklahoma history.