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!
Written by Holly on Wednesday September 2, 2009
OETA's Oklahoma City transmitter will be on reduced power today (Wednesday, September 2) while final DTV maintenance is being performed.
We'll be transmitting at about 65% of our usual power, causing our viewers who live farthest from our transmitter to lose OETA during this time. We will return to full power when maintenance is complete.
The maintenance is scheduled to occur between 9am and 4pm (barring rain).
The Rainbow's End
Written by Holly on Tuesday September 1, 2009
As of last Friday, PBS is no longer feeding READING RAINBOW and all of its broadcast rights have expired.
Since its premiere in 1983, READING RAINBOW has helped children build lasting relationships with books at home and in the classroom. Production ended several years ago and viewership for the show has declined dramatically.
Nationally-recognized stories authored by children will be available online between August and December 2009, at which point the READING RAINBOW Web site on pbskids.org will end.
For the rest of this week, IT'S A BIG BIG WORLD airs in the READING RAINBOW 12pm timeslot.
Earthquakes in the Heartland
Written by Holly on Monday August 31, 2009
Last week's swarm of earthquakes in Central Oklahoma sparked some discussion about the rare occurance of such events in the heartland. While it's true that most of North America's more dramatic earthquakes occur on the West Coast, the midwest has seen it's share of some pretty big ones. Especially the area of New Madrid, Missouri back in the early 1800s. Were these freak events or could we expect more out of New Madrid? Or even Central Oklahoma?
The season finale of of NOVA SCIENCENOW digs deeper into the study of earthquakes. Using new data from cave stalagmites and the Mississippi riverbed, scientists are converging on a startling new understanding of how and why they strike in the heartland.
NOVA SCIENCENOW will also look at the connection between sleep and memory. We'll dig for a fossil that could be Earth's first primate. And we'll also meet marine geologist Sang-Mook Lee who continues to teach and work in fascinating ways despite being paralyzed from the neck down.
Tune in Tuesday, September 1 at 8pm.
Last of the Summer Wine
Written by Holly on Monday August 31, 2009
A few years ago, we purchased the broadcast rights to the first ten seasons of LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE. Unfortunately, it was not well received. If there were viewers who were pleased, we didn't hear from them. But we did hear from unhappy viewers who thought the early episodes weren't as well-written or well-produced as Season 11 through 28. As a result, we didn't purchase the broadcast rights to those seasons again. Until now.
Flash forward three years, and we've heard from enough of you who want to see the old episodes that we're going to try doing this again. We've purchased the broadcast rights to ALL episodes of LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE that our BBC distributor has to offer. That's Seasons 1 through 31, plus four Christmas specials, to make a total of 266 episodes!
The broadcast rights begin on Monday, August 31. And, even though it interrupts the current episode order, we're starting from the beginning rather than waiting.
We begin, naturally, with the pilot episode. Clegg (Peter Sallis) is taking flowers to his wife's grave when he stops to chat with the vicar. Blamire (Michael Bates) and Compo (Bill Owen) meet up with him to reminisce about life, death and tiddlers. This episode also includes the formidable Nora Batty (Kathy Staff), and café owners Sid (John Comer) and Ivy (Jane Freeman).
Adult Learning Telecourses
Written by Holly on Sunday August 30, 2009
Early risers may notice a change in our 5am to 7am schedule starting today. The fall semester of adult learning telecourses has begun.
For many years, OETA has partnered with Rose State College in offering college credit for watching and learning from these programs. True, they are broadcast for educational purposes, but they're also very entertaining. The one on Psychology is my favorite (Mondays at 5am).
For more information on getting college credit and for a complete fall semester schedule, click here.
The telecourses will air Sunday through Saturday from 5am to 7am until late November.