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!

Goodbye Summer Marathon on OETA Create

Written by Holly on Friday September 4, 2009

OETA createCooks CountrySummer is coming to a close...  But before we pack away our shorts and tank tops in the attic and put the barbecue grill in the garage, let's enjoy our favorite warm weather activities one last time on OETA Create. All day Saturday, taste the juicy fruits and vegetables that summer yields with chefs Mary Ann Esposito and Caprial and John Spence.  Feel the sun on your face when you are on a picnic or at the beach with Katie Brown, Chris Kimball and Daisy Martinez.  Get the last of the summer fun before it's gone!  

Garth Brooks on Legends & Lyrics

Written by Holly on Wednesday September 2, 2009

GarthbrooksTonight's headliners on LEGENDS & LYRICS are Ed Bruce, Gordon Kennedy and Angela Kaset. All fine performers, but I'm most looking forward to the "Legend" interview with Yukon's own Garth Brooks.

I adore Garth Brooks, and not just because I'm an Okie. His songs.. his voice.. his stage presence. It's all just so darn likeable. I was actually close enough to touch him once, but I didn't. Anyway, he remains the fastest-selling solo artist in music history. He sold in more than 100 million albums in just 10 years. He won numerous awards, some multiple times.

Tonight's theme of LEGENDS & LYRICS focuses on the blended genres of country and pop. Ed Bruce performs "The Last Cowboy Song," "Jesus Loved the Hell Out of Me" and "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." Gordon Kennedy performs "I Can't Help You Now," "Change the World" and "You Move Me." Angela Kaset performs "I Didn't Know I Was Saying Goodbye," "Peace in This House" and "Something in Red."

Tonight's "Rising Star" performer is singer-songwriter Corinne Chapman.

Blame it all on your roots.... and join me tonight at 10pm for LEGENDS & LYRICS on OETA!

Transmitter Maintenance

Written by Holly on Wednesday September 2, 2009

technical_difficultiesOETA'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

reading-rainbowAs 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

MidwestEarthquakeLast 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.