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!
Turkey Time on OETA Create
Written by Holly on Friday November 20, 2009
Join OETA Create for a "Let's Talk Turkey" marathon this Saturday, November 21, with a day of Thanksgiving cooking, lifestyle and home improvement.
If you have family coming over for a feast, you'll be ready with the help of master chefs Julia Child and Jacques Pepin.
Style experts Katie Brown and HOLIDAY TABLE'S Chris Fennimore and Emily Luche will offer tips to bring a festive look to anyone's dinner table.
The marathon will also feature the one-hour holiday special A HOME FOR CHRISTY ROST: THANKSGIVING.
OETA Create will help give you the bells and whistles that makes the Thanksgiving holiday memorable. OETA Create can be found on Cox Digital Cable channel 113.
Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel
Written by Holly on Thursday November 19, 2009
In case you didn't know... Country music legends Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel join forces tonight on the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS stage in celebration of their collaborative album, "Willie and the Wheel."
If you miss tonight's performance at 10pm, tune in tomorrow night, Friday November 20th, at 9pm for an encore broadcast.
Veterans Day Programming
Written by Holly on Tuesday November 10, 2009
This Wednesday, November 11th, we'll honor our veterans with an evening full of programming dedicated to their bravery, heroism and sacrifice.
The evening begins at 7pm with SECRETS OF THE DEAD "Airmen and the Headhunters." In 1945, an American B24 bomber is shot down over Japanese-controlled Borneo. The airmen bail out and survive, only to find themselves isolated and lost in the impenetrable jungle. Briefed to fear the "savage" Dayak inhabitants, the Americans are instead taken in by these tribes and become witness to a compassionate, resourceful people who shatter stereotypes, protect them from the Japanese, and eventually deliver them safely into the hands of an eccentric British Major who orchestrates their rescue by building a bamboo runway deep in the Borneo interior.
Then at 8pm, THE WAY WE GET BY is a P.O.V. documentary giving an intimate look at senior citizens who've greeted nearly 800,000 American troops at a tiny airport.
At 9:30pm, HALLOWED GROUNDS is a look at military cemeteries around the world where American military men and women are buried.
And at 10:30pm, OETA's own STATELINE documentary "Thunderbirds" introduces viewers to the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City. Beyond 27,000 square feet of exhibits and a 15 acre park, the Thunderbirds can be found around the world. From amphibious landings on European shores and through Korea, the 45th is revered. From tornado relief back home in Oklahoma, through Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and to boots hitting the ground in hurricane devastated New Orleans, the men and women of the 45th are there.
New Season of MEXICO - ONE PLATE AT A TIME
Written by Holly on Friday November 6, 2009
Top Chef Rick Bayless is back for another season of MEXICO - ONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS.
In the new 7th season, Rick embarks on his greatest food adventure yet... An insider's tour of Mexico City, a food metropolis bursting with traditional foods and flavors and cutting-edge eateries.
In each episode, Rick will dive into Mexico City's mouthwatering market stalls, hidden-treasure taco stands and a variety of restaurant dining rooms. He'll study their versions of iconic Mexican dishes and then he'll come back to his home kitchen to try recreating the dishes.
Rick will also take viewers behind the scenes at his world-renowned restaurants in Chicago, Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, to show how he and his chefs reinvent classic Mexican dishes in fresh new ways.
The tour starts tomorrow, Saturday, November 7 at noon with "Tacos on Fire!" Rick takes us to Super Tacos Chupacabras, hidden away under a freeway overpass in Mexico City. Back at home, Rick gets ready to throw his own "Supertacos" party with a little help from his friends.
Happy 40th Birthday SESAME STREET!
Written by Holly on Thursday November 5, 2009
SESAME STREET begins its new season next Tuesday, November 10, forty years ago to the day of the series debut.
James Earl Jones was the celebrity guest in that first episode. The show was an immediate success, and just one year later, Big Bird was on the cover of Time.
Here are a few more things you might not have known about SESAME STREET...
- The fabric for Bert and Ernie's sweaters could be purchased at a store back in 1969. But today, their sweaters have to be hand knit to match their original pattern.
- A Birdseed Milkshake at Hooper's Store cost 20 cents in 1969 and costs $2.99 now.
- Big Bird is covered with approximately six thousand dyed North American turkey, coq, ostrich and hackle feathers.
- All of the SESAME STREET Muppets have four fingers, except Cookie Monster, who has five.
- Oscar the Grouch was orange in the first season.
- Ernie is the only SESAME STREET Muppet to have a built in smile (despite how they might be drawn in the graphic to the right).
- Cookie Monster used to have pointy teeth. Yikes! Glad that's changed.
With over 21 million minutes (and counting) since the Count's first "ah ah ah," SESAME STREET continues to grow with children and their changing needs. As preschoolers today have different viewing habits, the 40th season has been reformatted to resemble a typical broadcasting block. Murray the Monster Muppet hosts each episode from different locations linking four longer segments. Each episode will begin and end with a brand new version of the classic "Sunny Days."
While maintaining an emphasis learning letters and numbers, the new season kicks-off "My World is Green & Growing," a two-year science initiative designed to increase positive attitudes towards nature. First Lady Michelle Obama appears in the first episode and teaches "the street's" residents about the many benefits of planting a garden. (A final peace of trivia... Michelle Obama is the fourth First Lady to be on the show.)
On a personal note... I am a SESAME STREET alum, having watched the series since I could first focus my little eyes on a television set. We didn't have cable TV in the rural community where I grew up, and unless the weather was clear, we couldn't even get all of the broadcast stations. But, thankfully, we always had OETA. There isn't a doubt in my mind that SESAME STREET helped "wire" my brain to enjoy learning. (Wouldn't it have been a shame to go through all those years of education and not enjoy it?) Thank you, Children's Workshop, PBS and OETA, for making learning fun. And thank you to my parents for knowing it really is okay to put your kids in front of the TV... especially when it's on the right channel.