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!

Presidential Address

Written by Holly on Tuesday December 1, 2009

OETA and The NewsHour will be providing live coverage of President Obama's speech tonight. The presidential address on the subject of Afghanistan will originate from West Point beginning at 7pm. 

We are hearing that the speech could be could be 30-40 minutes in duration.  The NewsHour plans to provide brief analysis and conclude coverage with an estimated 35-45 minutes total duration. 

When the coverage concludes, we will return to our regularly scheduled program, STATELINE "Oklahoma Television Pioneers", already in progress.

STATELINE "Oklahoma Television Pioneers" will air in its entirety again at 10pm tonight.

JFK: Breaking the News

Written by Holly on Sunday November 22, 2009

JFKreportersreact46 years ago today, Presiden John F. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

The documentary JFK: BREAKING THE NEWS looks at the broadcast coverage of the assassination and shows how closely the television medium and its audiences are joined in times of crisis. The documentary is one of the first broadcast examinations of how local journalists in 1963 delivered rapidly breaking news to a nation in despair.

Narrated by Jane Pauley, JFK: BREAKING THE NEWS allows television audiences to understand the tremendous technical obstacles that had to be overcome and the immediate journalistic decisions that accompanied the initial live remote broadcasts generated by television more than four decades ago.

Tune in for JFK: BREAKING THE NEWS tonight, Sunday November 22, at 6pm.

Turkey Time on OETA Create

Written by Holly on Friday November 20, 2009

ChristyDecoratingJoin 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

willie35In 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

veteransdayThis 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.