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!

Jimmy Webb on OETA

Written by Holly on Tuesday August 25, 2009

JimmyWebbAttention 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

OETA_Building.jpgAs 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.My_office

-- 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.

Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 Minutes

Written by Holly on Friday August 21, 2009

286_hewitt_aboutIn 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.OETA_OKLA_2_copy

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

MexicoV1Oklahoma 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

Ken_BurnsYou'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.