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!
Thread the Needle on OETA Create
Written by Holly on Friday August 28, 2009
As summer winds down, our thoughts turn to ways to spruce up our homes for the fall.
Tomorrow's Saturday marathon on OETA Create, we'll help you get the ball rolling with projects from our sewing and home improvement Goddesses. Let Martha Campbell Pullen, Nancy Zieman, Vickie Sloan and daughter Sloan Payne-Rutter inspire your creativity with unique embroidery, sewing tricks and techniques. All you need to know is how to Thread the Needle.
Austin City Limits
Written by Holly on Thursday August 27, 2009
Tonight's episode of AUSTIN CITY LIMITS with Nick Lowe and The Swell Season was originally recorded in late 2008. It premiered on many PBS stations in January 2009, but we were in our pledge drive at that time. So, tonight's broadcast is the premiere of this episode.
For more than forty years, Nick Lowe has been writing songs, influencing musicians and gaining fans worldwide. In recent years the Englishman's work has shifted focus placing him more as a balladeer than a rocker. You'll hear him tonight sing the following:
Grammy recipients have appeared on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS numerous times, but it's a rare thing for Oscar winners to grace the stage in studio 6A. But that is indeed the case in tonight's episode with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová, also known as The Swell Season. The duo starred in the indie film Once, in which they played struggling musicians. The song "Falling Slowly" on the Once soundtrack won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Tonight, The Swell Season performs:
The Kennedys: American Experience
Written by Holly on Wednesday August 26, 2009
To mark the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, OETA will air THE KENNEDYS: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE tonight at midnight on OETA's main channel. Viewers can also see this three-hour program tomorrow night (Thursday) at 7pm on OETA OKLA.
THE KENNEDYS: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE draws on a wealth of still photographs, archival footage, and home movies, and features extensive interviews with family members, friends, and first-hand witnesses to the many chapters of the Kennedy story.
Jimmy Webb on OETA
Written by Holly on Tuesday August 25, 2009
Attention Jimmy Webb fans! The Oklahoma songwriting legend will be on LEGENDS & LYRICS tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 10pm on OETA.
Jimmy Webb is the only artist to have ever received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. He won 8 Grammys in one night based on two songs "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Up, Up and Away", which was named Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Webb also wrote "Highwayman" the title song for the album with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. He has written soundtracks for film scores, Broadway musicals, and also classical compositions and cantatas. Webb is a Songwriter's Hall of Fame inductee as well as a Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Also on the program will be Charlie Daniels and Phil Vassar.
Happy Anniversary to Me!
Written by Holly on Sunday August 23, 2009
As of today, I've been working for OETA for ten years. A whole decade! In those ten years, I've gotten married, had two kids and moved twice.
What else has changed?
-- We're now on the air 24/7. We used to turn off our transmitter at midnight.
-- Draft schedule grids are now typed in a Word document instead of Word Perfect.
-- "Masterpiece Theatre" has undergone three title changes. (Mobil Masterpiece Theatre > Exxonmobile Masterpiece Theatre > Masterpiece Theatre > Masterpiece)
-- National Geographic used to be a magazine that produced a series for PBS. Now it has its own cable channel and has mostly left PBS behind.
-- Oklahoma turned 100-years old and our Capitol building now has a dome, and OETA captured the celebrations for all to see.
-- We're now broadcasting in beautiful high definition!
Things that have not changed include my desk chair, phone extension and most of my office supplies. No complaints, though! I love my office.
I hope I'm still here ten years from now. I look forward to looking back and waxing nostalgic about all of the changes that have happened since then.