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!
AugustFest -- Friday, July 31
Written by Holly on Friday July 31, 2009
WASHINGTON WEEK and NOW ON PBS will air tonight as usual at 7pm and 7:30pm. AugustFest programming will begin at 8pm with ROCK, RHYTHYM & DOO WOP and ROY ORBISON & FRIENDS: A BLACK AND WHITE NIGHT.
BILL MOYERS JOURNAL won't be seen in its usual time, but you can see it tonight at 1am or Saturday morning at 6am.
THE RED GREEN SHOW and DOCTOR WHO will pick up where they left off on Friday, August 14. You won't miss any episodes.
OETA MOVIE CLUB's Friday Night encores will return to the schedule after AugustFest as well.
Have a good weekend!
AugustFest Begins Thursday, July 30
Written by Holly on Thursday July 30, 2009
It's that time of year again -- AugustFest -- A time when we invite our viewers to show their support of public television in Oklahoma. The funds raised will enable OETA to purchase educational PBS and syndicated programming for 2010. It's true when we say that it's viewers like you who make the programs on public television possible.
For an overview of AugustFest programming, click here. You'll find out more about the individual programs, a highlight reel, plus a complete list of what can be seen on our OETA OKLA channel.
I'm going to use this blog to inform you about the programs that are being preempted or moved during AugustFest and how you can be sure not to miss any of your favorites. Pledge programming begins tonight, Thursday, July 30th. Here are the programs that usually air on Thursday nights and when you can see them again...
THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR "Brooklyn Project, Part 2" -- This episode originally aired back in February. If you'd like to see it again, set your DVR/VCR for Friday morning at 5am and Saturday morning at 4am.
GLOBE TREKKER -- You aren't missing any episodes of this series. It will resume after AugustFest on Thursday, August 13 at 9pm with the "California" episode.
SOUNDSTAGE "Josh Groban: An Evening in New York" -- This is a new episode that we're showing on OETA OKLA next Thursday, August 6 at 7pm. You can also catch it tonight at 1am on the main OETA channel or Saturday morning at 2am.
LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE and WAITING FOR GOD -- All of the britcoms will pick up where they left off after AugustFest. Tune in at the usual time on August 10 for the latest from all of your favorite characters.
Come back tomorrow for information on your favorite Friday night programs.
Written by Holly on Friday July 24, 2009
Have you heard of OETA Create?
OETA Create is a cable channel dedicated to the wonderful world of How-To. There are programs with expert advice on cooking, arts and crafts, gardening, home improvement and travel. OETA Create can be found on channel 113 on Cox Digital Cable in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
One of the fun things about OETA Create is Marathon Saturdays, which features a new theme each week. This Saturday is "Camp Create."
Parents, if the novelty of summer vacation has worn off and left your children bored and uninspired, send them to Camp Create for fun activities and projects that will keep them engaged for at least the rest of the summer. Your children can garden with P. Allen Smith; craft with Vicki Payne, Sloan Rutter and Katie Brown; or sew with Nancy Zieman. The kids are sure to have a good time at Camp Create!
Click here and scroll to 5am to see the list of the "Camp Create" programs and descriptions.
And tune in next week when OETA Create visits the Tropic of Cancer.
Last Call for Coupons!
Written by Holly on Friday July 24, 2009
You have just one week left to apply for your TV Converter Box coupons if you haven't already done so. The NTIA stops accepting applications and appeals at midnight on Friday, July 31st.
The coupons look like credit cards. Stores swipe them just like they do with credit cards and you only have to pay the difference. Be aware of the expiration date, though! The card becomes invalid 90 days after it's mailed to you.
We are especially eager to let our viewers in rural parts of Oklahoma know about this who watch OETA from one of our translators. The rural translators were given extra time to convert to digital, so they're still sending out an analog signal like they've always done. But in late September or possibly early October that analog signal will be shut off for good and viewers must be able to receive a digital signal or they'll lose OETA. The options are to sign up cable or satellite, buy a digital TV or, the cheapest and easiest option, get a converter box. Of course, you don't have to have a coupon to get a converter box, but it's a shame to throw that $40 or $80 down the drain!
Let me ask you... Does your grandma in Idabel know about this? What about your uncle in Medford? This would be a good time to call them and make sure.
Here is the official NTIA press release with important links and information.
July 31st Last Day to Apply, Appeal for TV Converter Box Coupons
Coupon Application Deadline Nears. The coupon application deadline is fast approaching. If you are still not DTV-ready, it's not too late. Help is still available, but you must take action immediately. Eligible households may continue to apply or re-apply for TV converter box coupons. Applications for coupons are accepted online, by phone at 1-888-388-2009 (1-888-DTV-2009), by mail and by fax. Mailed applications must be post-marked no later than midnight on July 31, 2009. It typically takes nine business days to process and mail coupons. If you have applied for coupons, but not yet received them, check the status of your request on www.DTV2009.gov by selecting Check Your Application Status.
Appeals for Denied Coupon Applications. The last day to file an appeal is midnight on July 31, 2009. If you apply for coupons through the Web site, and the application is denied, there is a link within the denial message to appeal. Filing an appeal via the Web site is the quickest way for the Coupon Program to process and respond to appeals. If you wish to provide additional detail beyond the space provided, you may submit your appeal in writing or by e-mail.
Coupons Can Be Used Until They Expire. Even though the last day to apply for coupons is July 31, 2009, you can use your coupons at participating retailers until they expire. Call ahead to area retail stores to confirm availability of coupon-eligible converter boxes on the day you plan to shop. Coupon-eligible converter boxes also may be purchased online or by telephone and shipped directly to your home.
SOUNDSTAGE: Fall Out Boy
Written by Holly on Thursday July 23, 2009
Here's the set list for tonight's performance by Fall Out Boy on SOUNDSTAGE...
3. A Little Less Sixteen Candles
4. Sugar We're Going Down
5. I Don't Care
6. Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet
7. Watch a Catch Donnie
8. Coffee's for Closers
9. She's My Winona
10. America's Suitehearts
11. Thnks fr the Mmrs
12. Dance, Dance