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!
Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 Minutes
Written by Holly on Friday August 21, 2009
In honor of broadcast journalism pioneer, Don Hewitt, we will air the program DON HEWITT: 90 MINUTES ON 60 MINUTES, AN "AMERICAN MASTERS" SPECIAL on OETA OKLA this weekend. The times are Saturday at 3pm and on Sunday at 7pm.
Don Hewitt is best known as the creator and executive producer of 60 minutes, the first new program of its kind. Formerly the producer and director of CBS TV News, Hewitt was behind almost every important news public affairs broadcast in the 1950s & early 60s. His unparalleled understanding of the power of the television medium has led to many firsts in broadcasting history.
Hewitt had been battling pancreatic cancer. He died Wednesday at his home in Bridgehampton, New York, surrounded by his family. He was 86.
"Top Chef Master" Rick Bayless on OETA
Written by Holly on Thursday August 20, 2009
Oklahoma City's very own Rick Bayless is in the national spotlight today after winning the title of Top Chef Master last night on the Bravo channel's reality series, but OETA viewers have known his talents all along.
Rick grew up working at his family's barbecue restaurant, the Hickory House. He got his education in Spanish and Latin American studies and moved to Mexico for a few years. Then he and his wife came back to the US and opened a couple of popular restaurants in Chicago and later in California. He has written a number of award-winning cookbooks, including "Mexico - One Plate at a Time," a companion to his first season on public television, which won the James Beard Award for Best International Cookbook.
Rick's $10,000 prize will go to his own nonprofit organization, Frontera Farmer Foundation, which helps small, sustainable farms in the Midwest by providing them with capital development grants.
OETA's viewers can see Rick every Saturday morning at noon on MEXICO - ONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS. Join Rick this Saturday for "Quest for Fire" when he cooks over an open flame. He'll grill chicken on an improvised oil-drum and makes easy chorizo, potato and mushroom tacos. Mmmmm.
Promotion of "The National Parks"
Written by Holly on Wednesday August 19, 2009
You're about to see a lot more of Filmmaker Ken Burns. The promotion of THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA has begun.
The six-part, 12-hour film by Ken Burns was filmed over the course of six years and shows the history of America's national parks and the people who were willing to devote their lives to saving them. THE NATIONAL PARKS premieres Sunday, September 27 through Friday, October 2 at 7pm each night. If you miss an episode, you can catch a repeat on OKLA the next night at 7pm.
Back to the promotion plan... Ken Burns will be on David Letterman tonight (Wednesday, August 19). But that's just the beginning. You'll also see him on the following as the premiere date of THE NATIONAL PARKS approaches...
- The Today Show on September 25
- CBS Sunday Morning, feature with Harry Smith
- Jimmy Fallon Show
- Colbert Report
- CNN American Morning
- Morning Joe on MSNBC
- This Week with George Stephanopolous
- Charlie Rose
- Tavis Smiley
I've heard Ken Burns speak at various PBS events. He's well worth all the attention he's given. He's a remarkable storyteller and PBS is fortunate to have him.
Time Team America "Fort James, South Dakota"
Written by Holly on Tuesday August 18, 2009
TIME TEAM AMERICA "Fort James, South Dakota" fed from PBS on August 5 while we were in our pledge drive. We recorded it and we'll air it tonight at 9pm.
In tonight's episode, the archaeologists ride to the rescue of a Wild West time capsule. In 1865, a unit of cavalry soldiers thought they had volunteered to fight in the Civil War. Instead, they found themselves sent west to defend pioneer settlers against angry Sioux Indians in what is now South Dakota. Upon their arrival, the soldiers built one of the few stone forts on the American frontier. The fort's quartzite walls still peek out from under a grassy field. Our team has just three days to map, dig, and uncover what remains of Fort James. What they find tells an intriguing tale of 1865 frontier life.
In this picture, archaeologist Dr. Julie Schablitsky excavates what seemed to be a privy outside the fortress walls at Fort James, South Dakota. Archaeologists dig privies because they were often used as trash pits and can yield treasure troves of artifacts.
Tune in tomorrow night at 7pm for TIME TEAM SPECIAL EDITION where an expedition to the Jamestown settlement reveals the names and life stories of early colonists.
The Trouble with Live TV
Written by Holly on Thursday August 13, 2009
If you watched last night's LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, you might have noticed some glitches in the audio and video. New York was experiencing some inclement weather last night and it affected the satellite feed of the program.
PBS later fed a cleaner version of the program and that's the one we aired this morning at 5am. We'll air it again tonight at 7pm on OETA OKLA. If you can't get OKLA, you have one more chance to see it on our main channel tonight at 2am.