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 Monday July 20, 2009
We interrupt our regular scheduled programming blog to bring you this exciting announcement... Congratulations to several members of the OETA staff for their awards won this weekend!
OETA was nominated for six Emmy Awards at the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences dinner held Saturday. The Heartland Chapter covers most of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Our own BJ Wexler got to take home one of the coveted statues as "Best Program Host." He's pictured here with the Producer and Director of the OETA Movie Club, Mickie Smith.
OETA also won eight awards from the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters on Friday. Awards went to the following:
Legends & Lyrics
Written by Holly on Wednesday July 15, 2009
Pop quiz! -- Who sang "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"? Who sang "Footloose"?
Most people can tell you the answers are Charlie Daniels and Kenny Loggins, but the average person may struggle to name the songwriter responsible Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" and Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing". The answer is Diane Warren. Who was behind Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill , No Doubt's Return of Saturn and the Dave Matthews Band's Everyday? Answer: Glen Ballard.
The new music series LEGENDS & LYRICS honors the true creators of the most popular genres of commercial music - the songwriters. In each episode, award-winning recording artists play their most memorable songs and tell about the inspiration behind them. Afterwards, up-and-coming recording artists perform their original songs. Each episode also features a "Did You Know?" segment telling interesting facts about today's commercial music and a "Tip of the Week" segment designed to pass along professional advice to aspiring artists.
I couldn't find a clip of tonight's episode, but here's one from later in the year...
The first episode premieres tonight, Wednesday July 15 at 10pm. We'll hear from Kris Kristofferson, Patty Griffin, Randy Owen and Ray Stevens.
LEGENDS & LYRICS will always be in this timeslot, Wednesdays at 10pm, but it won't air every week. Later guests include: Garth Brooks, Kenny Loggins, Charlie Daniels, Shawn Colvin, John Hiatt, 3 Doors Down, Kip Winger, Loretta Lynn and Cowboy Jack Clement.
Emmy Nominations for PBS
Written by Holly on Tuesday July 14, 2009
PBS dominated the Emmy Award nominations in the "News & Documentary" category with 41 nods. Closest competitors are CBS with 23, and 13 each for ABC and HBO/Cinemax.
P.O.V. scored 10 nominations; FRONTLINE, seven; and NOVA, four. One strong category: "Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story/Long Form," with PBS taking four of five spots.
Winners will be announced September 21 in New York City.
For a look at the official announcement from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, click here.
Confirmation Hearings on OETA OKLA
Written by Holly on Monday July 13, 2009
OETA will air full coverage of the Senate Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor on OETA OKLA starting this morning around 9am. The hearings will run from Monday to Wednesday, but could extend to Thursday. The hearings are expected to run until around 4pm each day, but it all depends on how the events transpire.
NewsHour Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff will anchor live coverage from the hearing room in the Hart Senate Office Building, with analysis from Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal. PBS will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the days when Sotomayor is scheduled to testify before the committee.
Today's hearing is expected to include statements from each of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and possibly Sotomayor's opening statement. Over the course of several days, the hearings will continue with questions and answers with Sotomayor followed by testimony from other witnesses. The NewsHour's coverage will begin with the Committee members' statements on Monday and will continue through the conclusion of Judge Sotomayor's appearances before the committee.
There will be breaks, lunches and/or recesses through the hearings that we will fill with our regular programming, but as long as PBS is feeding us coverage of the hearings, we will carry it.
OETA OKLA can be seen over-the-air with any digital television or converter box. It's the "point-two" digital channel, like 13.2 or 11.2. Some cable providers are also now offering OKLA. For example, Cox Digital Cable offers OETA OKLA on channel 112. Viewers who cannot watch the coverage on OKLA will be able to see a summary of the day's events on NEWSHOUR each night at 5pm on OETA's main channel.You can also watch the hearings streaming live here.
International DanceSport World Championships
Written by Holly on Friday July 10, 2009
In case you haven't noticed, ballroom dancing is cool again. ABC has Dancing with the Stars and Fox has So You Think You Can Dance. Now, the spectacle and flair of ballroom dancing comes to OETA with the three-part series INTERNATIONAL DANCESPORT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Top dancers from all around the world perform and compete in three main ballroom dancing categories: Latin, Standard and World Ten. The "Latin" category will have the Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. The "Standard" category has the Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, and Quickstep. And the "World Ten" category is a mix of all ten dances.
The competitions were filmed in Vienna, Berlin and Melbourne and each includes background and insight into the passionate dances and a candid look at the dancers.
INTERNATIONAL DANCESPORT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS starts this Saturday, July 11 at 8pm. The next two episodes will air the next two Saturdays in the same timeslot. All three episode repeat the following Sundays at 6pm. Cha-cha-cha!