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!
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.
Young @ Heart
Written by Holly on Tuesday January 12, 2010
Okay, yeah, "American Idol" kicks off tonight... But trust me when I say OETA has something much, much better.
Tonight at 8pm, INDEPENDENT LENS "Young @ Heart" will take you to Northampton, Mass to meet the members of a choir who are rehearsing for an upcoming hometown performance. What's so interesting about these choir members?.... Their average age is 81.
What's even more interesting?... They perform songs by James Brown, The Clash and Prince.
The "Young @ Heart" group has toured Europe and sang for royalty, but this performance is different because it's in their hometown. The documentary focuses on the members as they learn new songs while dealing with several real, heartbreaking events.
If you're still on the edge as to whether you'll tune in tonight, watch this...
Goodbye, New Yankee Workshop
Written by Holly on Saturday January 9, 2010
You may have noticed the absence of THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP last Saturday at 1pm. This is because the series is no longer in production and PBS has pulled it from the main PBS feed to stations.
In its place, we have ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, a question and answer series that takes the THIS OLD HOUSE team to viewer's doorsteps to help solve their home repair problems. This week, the crew dresses up an old fireplace and shows ways to improve the look of old baseboard radiators.
Don't fret, die hard NEW YANKEE fans! The companion Web site, www.newyankee.com, will continue to provide viewers the opportunity to get into the shop with project plans, DVDs, a Q&A section, and more. And for those of you who can get our OETA Create channel, the series will continue there for a while, but it is uncertain how long. (OETA does not choose the programming for OETA Create. We pay for a subscription to the "Create" feed.)
In case you were wondering, Norm Abram isn't hanging up his toolbelt anytime soon. He will continue his work on the weekly series THIS OLD HOUSE.