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!

Oka' - Chickasaw National Park

Written by Holly on Monday September 28, 2009

okaAt 9:15pm tonight, we will air a 12-minute short film called OKA'. It was produced by Oklahoma filmmaker Rick Thompson and focuses attention on the history of the unique freshwater and mineral springs in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

Produced to accompany the Ken Burns television documentary THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA, the film tells the story of the former Platt National Park. This high-definition film also showcases opportunities on the horizon for the Arbuckle region with the opening of the new Chickasaw Cultural Center in 2010.

OKA' will air four times tonight... 9:15pm, 11:45pm, 2:15am, 4:45am. If you would like to see it again after tonight, you have three options...

  1. Watch it online on here.  
  2. Tune in Friday night after the OETA MOVIE CLUB at 1:45am on our main channel.
  3. Tune in Tuesday night on OETA OKLA at 9:15pm.


The National Parks vs. Regular Program Schedule

Written by Holly on Sunday September 27, 2009

OldFaithfulIt will not go unnoticed that this is NATIONAL PARKS week on OETA. In fact, it's NATIONAL PARKS week on all of the PBS stations around the country. 

You will not miss any new episodes of your favorite programs. Everything has been put on hold while NATIONAL PARKS airs.

Sunday -- If you need to get your NATURE fix, a repeat episode can be seen Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 10am. ARE YOU BEING SERVED and KEEPING UP APPEARANCES are preempted, but they'll pick up where they left off next week.

Monday -- ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is preempted, but you can see a repeat episode on Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 9am. LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE and WAITING FOR GOD are preempted, but they'll pick up again on Tuesday night.

Tuesday --  NOVA can be seen Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 11am.

Thursday -- PBS didn't feed THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR this week. You can see all new episodes started next Thursday.

Friday -- PBS isn't feeding WASHINGTON WEEK, NOW ON PBS or BILL MOYERS JOURNAL this week. RED GREEN and DOCTOR WHO will be back in their normal timeslots next week. No episodes will be skipped.

We hope that you're looking forward to NATIONAL PARKS and that you'll enjoy it. But in case you're frustrated that your usual programs aren't airing, just hang on. It's only one week.

Beats and Eats on OETA Create

Written by Holly on Friday September 25, 2009

BataliStipeWhen you have an empty stomach, let music be your guide. You'll be surprised at the fun and flavorful meals a lively tune can inspire. 

This Saturday, September 26, on the OETA Create channel, Oklahoma chef Loretta Oden chows down on Cajun gumbo while a Zydeco band sets the mood. Mario Batali talks food and music with rocker Michael Stipe of the group R.E.M. Jacques Pepin and violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman meet at the intersection of the culinary and non-culinary arts. That's just a few of the musical adventures planned for the day.create_logo

There's no better combo for making your stomach smile than beats and eats on OETA Create.


Sid the Science Kid App for iPhone

Written by Holly on Thursday September 24, 2009

sidthekid2Hey, parents of young scientists! Now you can have a microphone just like Sid the Science Kid!

In each episode, Sid uses his trusty toy microphone to share his questions and ideas. Now all of Sid's friends at home can do the same in real life with the help of an easy-to-use iPhone app. The app is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch and is available free through iTunes!

The app allows kids to record their own voices or other sounds, for up to 20 seconds, and then play them back. Even the youngest scientists will be able to interact with the buttons to make laughs, applause and animal sounds.

It's the producers' and designers' hope that kids will learn to identify the qualities and sources of sound, experiment with sounds that are quiet or loud, change the pitch of their voice and record things of various distances to see how they sound.  

Parents, you could also use the laugh tracks and applause tracks to jazz up your personal messages and lessons to your science kids.

"Little Dorrit" Wins 7 Emmys

Written by Holly on Wednesday September 23, 2009

MASTERPIECE's "Little Dorrit" was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with seven Primetime Emmy Awards, the most of any MASTERPIECE title in a single year. It won for Outstanding Miniseries, Writing, Directing, Casting, Art Direction, and Cinematography.

littledorrit460One of Charles Dickens' greatest love stories also has the timely theme of chronic debt and financial collapse. Adapted by Andrew Davies (Bleak House), the five-part miniseries stars Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice) as hero Arthur Clennam, newcomer Claire Foy as Amy "Little" Dorrit, and Tom Courtenay (The Golden Compass) as her father, who has been incarcerated for 25 years for insolvency. Scores of other great actors appear in this moving tale that was particularly close to Dickens' heart, since his own father did time in debtor's prison.

You can watch "Little Dorrit" online for a short time, but be sure to give yourself plenty of time. It's eight hours long.