Pipeline Blog

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!

Week of July 26th - Programming Notes

Monday, July 26
8pm                HISTORY DETECTIVES -- Rhonda Bradley never met her father. He's still listed Missing in Action from the Korean War. In a letter dated 1953, her father mentioned a man he said saved his life. Eduardo Pagan researches the "Korean War Letter" to find the man Rhonda believes is a hero. Then Tukufu Zuberi searches for the author of Diana: A Strange Biography. Could "Diana" be groundbreaking literature as the first widely published and true lesbian autobiography? Then, Wes Cowan digs into the mystery of the "Lookout Mt. Painting," depicting a Civil War battle. How did the artist of this painting end up in prison at the Rock Island Arsenal?
Tuesday, July 27
7pm to 11pm       PRIMARY ELECTION COVERAGE – Live coverage of the primary elections statewide, produced by Mickie Smith and the OETA staff. The entire four hours will rebroadcast on OKLA from 12am midnight until 4am this same night. 
Preempted for election coverage…
NOVA “Who Killed the Red Baron” – This will air Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 11am as well as many times in the overnight schedule.
CARRIER “Squared Away” – This will air tonight at midnight, 7/29 at 3am and 8/01 at 1am.
POV “Presumed Guilty” – This will air tomorrow night at 10pm.
Wednesday, July 28
7pm       PAUL MCCARTNEY "The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Performance at the White House" -- The enduring pop genius performs his songs and accepts the Gershwin prize from President Obama.
8:30pm   (Repeat of the 7pm program)
10pm      POV “Presumed Guilty” – Lawyers struggle to free an innocent man who was picked up off the street and charged with murder. (This program was originally scheduled to air last night, but we preempted it for election coverage.)
Thursday, July 29
8pm         GALLERY #803 – "The Singing Cowboy Gene Autry" (Original Broadcast 11/13/07)
8:30pm    STATELINE #1201 -- “What’s Shakin’” -- Beneath Oklahoma’s red dirt are many fault lines, and one of them runs under the town of Jones. Small little tremors that would probably go unnoticed in Los Angeles and San Francisco rattled nerves in this otherwise stable community. Researchers at the Oklahoma Geological Survey say there’s been a swarm of earthquakes over the past year. They are busy trying to answer the big question: why? There's no shortage of ideas on what could be causing the earthquakes in Jones, and theories range from oil and gas drilling to a Biblical “end of times.” (Original Broadcast 7/16/10)
Friday, July 30
9pm         ROY ORBISON: IN DREAMS -- This documentary tells the climactic and inspiring life and times - and music - of first generation Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Roy Orbison. The melancholy in his songs resonated with listeners of all ages, but especially heartsick teenagers who knew how it felt to lose in love.
Saturday, July 31
8pm         FROM GERSHWIN TO GARLAND: A MUSICAL JOURNEY WITH RICHARD GLAZIER -- In an intimate studio setting, renowned pianist Richard Glazier performs "Embraceable You," "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "An American in Paris," "Body and Soul," "Concerto in F," "Bess, You is My Woman Now," "Boy Next Door," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Trolley Song," "Over the Rainbow" and "Rhapsody in Blue."  
Sunday, August 1
6:30pm         RENO HISTORIC RACES -- Each May, vintage car enthusiasts from around the United States converge on Nevada's Reno-Fernley Raceway to view classic race cars and mingle with millionaire racers, mechanics, self-described "gearheads" and collectors. This documentary, produced in 2008, includes footage of the restoration of a vintage car, a visit to Reno-Fernley track, a tour of one of the world's great Porsche collections and racing etiquette lessons for the million-dollar-car circuit. In addition, racers describe the adrenaline-fueled thrills of driving these historic automobiles. 
9:30pm         EXPLORE ADA #121 -- This episode features the Robert S. Kerr Water Research Laboratory and Ada’s sculpture park. EXPLORE ADA is produced by the city of Ada. For more information, contact the city's Public Information Office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Memorial Day Programming

Written by Holly on Friday May 28, 2010

memorialdayWe're celebrating Memorial Day all weekend long on OETA!

We have some wonderful special programs rolling out over the next few days aimed at honoring those who have defended our freedom and those who have lost their lives doing so.

Saturday, 4pm to 7pm -- FOR LOVE OF LIBERTY: AMERICA’S BLACK PATRIOTS looks at the largely untold history of African-American participation in America's armed forces, from the earliest days of the Revolutionary War to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Sunday, 1pm -- D-DAY: THE PRICE OF FREEDOM pays tribute to the courageous men who began the liberation of France more than 60 years ago.

Sunday, 6pm -- FLY BOYS: WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA’S TUSKEGEE AIRMEN tells the triumphant story of the African-American soldiers who served their country during World War II.

Sunday, 7pm and 8:30pm -- NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT -- Another all-star lineup this year, including Kelli O’Hara, Dennis Haysbert, Katherine Jenkins, Yolanda Adams, Brad Paisley, Colin Powell and hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna. They will join the National Symphony Orchestra on West Lawn of the US Capitol to honor men and women in uniform.

6:30pm -- STATELINE "Thunderbirds" airs tonight in place of the nightly newscast. "Thunderbirds" focuses on the Oklahoma Army National Guard 45th Infantry Division.

9pm -- HALLOWED GROUNDS visits 22 of America's overseas military cemeteries, and tells the story of these remarkable places with historical sequences about the wars and battles that created them, and moving vignettes and interviews about the men and women who rest in them.

okla_logoThe celebration continues on OKLA with OKLAHOMA WORLD WAR II STORIES on Sunday at 5pm and Monday at 6am and 9pm. LOST AND FOUND: LEGACY OF USS LAGARTO airs Sunday at 6pm. Then VOICES OF A NEVER ENDING DAWN airs Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and is told in the haunting words of the young soldiers who were forced to fight an unknown enemy called "Bolsheviks."

Keep your eye on the full OETA schedule for a complete listing of all the programs honoring the brave men and women who have fought to preserve our freedom.

Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice

Written by Holly on Friday May 14, 2010

LenaIn 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

DorisEatonTravis1922Doris 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! 

create_logoOkay, 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!