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!
New How-To Series
Written by Holly on Friday September 18, 2009
You may notice a couple of changes to our how-to programs this Saturday morning...
In place of AMERICA SEWS WITH SUE HAUSMANN at 8:30am, which wrapped up its 28th season last week, we have MARTHA'S SEWING ROOM. It's the 30th season for MARTHA'S SEWING ROOM, and this season starts off with creating serger bias trim for a baby daygown. Martha will also hand embroider summer bells with chain stitch leaves on a baby bonnet and construct a tie-on crib organizer. Guests include Pam Mahshie and Beverley Sheldrick.
Then at 10am, we begin a new cooking series, FOOD TRIP WITH TODD ENGLISH. This is the second season of English's show. It replaces EVERYDAY BAKING in the Saturday morning schedule. But don't worry, EVERYDAY BAKING and EVERYDAY FOOD will return with new seasons next year. In FOOD TRIP WITH TODD ENGLISH, the master chef, author and restaurateur again brings his talent and taste for reinventing traditional cooking to public television. During his travels at home and abroad, Todd explores a different dish or culinary tradition, drawing inspiration for new recipes from each locale's native cuisine and ingredients.
PBS Renews History Detectives
Written by Holly on Thursday September 17, 2009
We just got word... PBS has agreed to renew the acclaimed series, HISTORY DETECTIVES, for two more seasons!
Since its first broadcast in 2003, the series has been a hit with the OETA audiences, as well as PBS audiences across the country. Season eight of HISTORY DETECTIVES will broadcast in summer of 2010; season nine will air in summer of 2011.
Mysterious artifacts, structures and documents, often submitted by viewers, dispatch the series team of detectives across the country to hunt down the facts behind family folklore. They sleuth out the connections between puzzling objects and defining moments in history. The detectives apply their expertise and knowledge, combined with the latest forensic technology and plain old determined research to unearth the untold stories of America's past.
Who's Your Favorite?
Written by Holly on Monday September 14, 2009
You have the power to choose the most charged member of THE ELECTRIC COMPANY.
THE ELECTRIC COMPANY is hosting an online challenge, beginning today, Monday, September 14th, where kids can vote for their favorite member of the electric crew (Lisa, Keith, Jessica or Hector)!
You have until Friday, September 25th to cast your vote.
And then, tune in on weekdays Tuesday, October 13 through Monday, October 19th at 4:30pm to see the winner starring in all of the episodes for that week.
Wild Chronicles' 4th Season
Written by Holly on Saturday September 12, 2009
The fourth season of WILD CHRONICLES begins tonight!
WILD CHRONICLES is a weekly magazine show produced by National Geographic and hosted by Boyd Matson, who is a 1969 graduate of Southern Nazarene University (then Bethany Nazarene College), majoring in Political Science.
Airing Saturday nights at 6:30pm, WILD CHRONICLES focuses on the work of researchers and explorers in the field, cover natural history, science, conservation and environmental issues, adventure and culture. Each episode features the Crittercam, a research tool attached to animals that records video, audio and environmental data, providing an up-close look at animals' worlds from their perspective.
Tonight's episode, titled "Living with Us," opens the new season with a report from the Santa Monica Mountains BioBlitz, a 24-hour dash organized by the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service to find, identify and learn about as many plant and animal species in the park as possible; an up-close view of the miniature world of harvester ants; a look at a centuries-old agricultural tradition in Spain that protects livestock from predatory wolves; and a visit to a primate sanctuary in Florida where unwanted pet monkeys get a second lease on life.
RAGGS Winner from Tulsa
Written by Holly on Thursday September 10, 2009
An OETA viewer was hand-picked as a winner in the first Raggs Rockin' Kids Search this summer. The RAGGS production crew received more than 1,000 entries from viewers across the country. Only 100 of them were given a free trip to Charlotte, NC to tape a RAGGS segment with Dumpster the Cat at the WTVI studios.
We were all excited to hear that 7-year old Lydia from Tulsa was among the winners. Congratulations, Lydia!!
One of the most popular segments in RAGGS is when the kids sit down and chat with Dumpster. They discuss a variety of topics that ultimately contribute to the overarching theme of each episode. Dumpster is quick-witted and engaging when talking to the children and their candid replies are priceless.
When asked about her interview with Dumpster, Lydia said, "I tried to answer the questions to help little kids learn and he asked me 'what's acting?' I wanted to say 'you're acting, I'm acting, you're just a puppet Dumpster,' but I didn't because the kids watching the show think the cat was really a cat."
The winners of the Raggs Rockin' Kids Search were selected based on the following criteria: conversation, animation, and natural comfort in front of the camera, which I'm sure our Lydia has in spades! If you'd like more information about this contest or future contests, keep an eye on the RAGGS website.
RAGGS airs every day at 7:30am and 8:30pm on OETA KIDS. No word yet when Lydia's episode will air.