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!
Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice
Written by Holly on Friday May 14, 2010
In response to the passing of legendary performer Lena Horne, we've made a programming change for this Saturday.
LENA HORNE: IN HER OWN VOICE, AN AMERICAN MASTERS SPECIAL will air Saturday, May 15 at 6pm. This preempts the regularly scheduled OUTDOOR OKLAHOMA and RICK STEVES' EUROPE.
LENA HORNE: IN HER OWN VOICE tells the story of her journey to reluctant stardom. In addition to exclusive interviews with Horne and her daughter, the documentary, directed by Susan Lacy, includes interviews with Ossie Davis, Alan King, Liz Smith and others who worked with the performer. Clips from signature movies like "Stormy Weather" and MGM films of the 1940's are interwoven with her early TV appearances to accentuate her life story.
Lena Horne died Sunday, May 9th at the age of 92.
Doris Eaton on GALLERY
Written by Holly on Thursday May 13, 2010
Doris Eaten Travis passed away earlier this week at the age of 106. She was a singer and dancer on Broadway and in film, but most recently she was known as the last surviving Ziegfeld girl.
Doris was the subject of a 2006 GALLERY episode, and we’d like to honor her by airing that episode tonight at 8pm on OETA.
Here is the description from the April 2006 premiere...
Once upon a time Doris Eaton was the youngest member of the famed Ziegfeld Follies taking the Broadway stage in 1918 when she was just 14. Today at 102 Doris Eaton Travis is the last one left, the last surviving Follies Girl. And she can still dance. She goes back to Broadway every year to perform at a benefit gala held the New Amsterdam Theatre, the same stage where she sang and danced decades ago. At one time four members of her family were starring on Broadway in different shows. When times changed and attention shifted from Broadway shows to movies Doris changed too and opened more than a dozen Arthur Murray Dance Studios in Michigan. The later when most people her age were retiring she moved to Oklahoma with her husband Paul and started a horse ranch. She went to college too and got a degree, with honors, from the University of Oklahoma at age 88. Now she’s written a book to honor her family’s history on Broadway. After 102 years old age is finally beginning to slow her down but you can still find Doris and her friends dancing at a club in Norman most every Friday night.
Happy Mother's Day on OETA Create
Written by Holly on Saturday May 8, 2010
It’s Mother’s Day weekend!
Okay, technically Sunday is the special day to spoil that special woman in your life, but OETA Create wants to make Saturday special as well. Today we'll share special moments with some master chefs as Mary Ann Esposito pays homage to her mom, Daisy Martinez prepares her abuela (grandmother’s) special pork chops and home décor guru Katie Brown shows how to prepare a personalized Mother’s Day gift.
I'd like to give a special Day-Before-Mother's-Day shout out to my mother, Amelia Watkins, who loves "how-to" programming like what we have on OETA Create. Unfortunately, she lives in rural Oklahoma and can't receive the OETA Create channel. But she does watch our main channel, and I greatly appreciate all the feedback she gives me on our quilting progamming. She knows what she's talking about! Below is a picture of one of the incredible, handstitched quilts she made using my husband's old "car show" t-shirts. Hi, mom! I love you!
Friday Night Lineup
Written by Holly on Friday May 7, 2010
Friday nights are changing a little on OETA.
Last week's episodes of NOW ON PBS and BILL MOYERS JOURNAL were the final ones due to Bill Moyers' plans to retire (again). The new Friday night lineup looks like this:
- 7pm WASHINGTON WEEK
- 7:30p NEED TO KNOW -- A cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting. The program will feature documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and more, covering five primary news beats: the Economy; the Environment and Energy; Health; National Security; and Culture.
- 8:30p BBC NEWSNIGHT -- A weekly round-up of news and current affairs including interviews with global opinion formers and documentary features from all over the world. Presenters include Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark, Gavin Esler and Emily Maitlis. Thought-provoking and informative, Newsnight offers in-depth analysis of complex global issues. BBC Newsnight is commissioned by BBC World News, which is presented nationally on public television by KCET Los Angeles. Produced out of the BBC's London studio, BBC Newsnight and BBC World News draw from the BBC's unrivalled global newsgathering resource of 2,000 journalists and 70 international bureaus.
- 9pm Music Programming
- 10pm THE RED GREEN SHOW
- 10:25p DOCTOR WHO -- The new season starts next week!
- 11:10p OETA MOVIE CLUB (encore of Saturday night's movie)
Goldman Sachs CEO Visits With Charlie Rose
Written by Holly on Friday April 30, 2010
Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs, will be on CHARLIE ROSE tonight at 10pm. We will repeat this episode on OKLA at 2am Saturday morning (aka "late, late tonight") and Sunday afternoon at 4pm.