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!
Confirmation Hearings on OETA OKLA
Written by Holly on Monday July 13, 2009
OETA will air full coverage of the Senate Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor on OETA OKLA starting this morning around 9am. The hearings will run from Monday to Wednesday, but could extend to Thursday. The hearings are expected to run until around 4pm each day, but it all depends on how the events transpire.
NewsHour Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff will anchor live coverage from the hearing room in the Hart Senate Office Building, with analysis from Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal. PBS will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the days when Sotomayor is scheduled to testify before the committee.
Today's hearing is expected to include statements from each of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and possibly Sotomayor's opening statement. Over the course of several days, the hearings will continue with questions and answers with Sotomayor followed by testimony from other witnesses. The NewsHour's coverage will begin with the Committee members' statements on Monday and will continue through the conclusion of Judge Sotomayor's appearances before the committee.
There will be breaks, lunches and/or recesses through the hearings that we will fill with our regular programming, but as long as PBS is feeding us coverage of the hearings, we will carry it.
OETA OKLA can be seen over-the-air with any digital television or converter box. It's the "point-two" digital channel, like 13.2 or 11.2. Some cable providers are also now offering OKLA. For example, Cox Digital Cable offers OETA OKLA on channel 112. Viewers who cannot watch the coverage on OKLA will be able to see a summary of the day's events on NEWSHOUR each night at 5pm on OETA's main channel.You can also watch the hearings streaming live here.
International DanceSport World Championships
Written by Holly on Friday July 10, 2009
In case you haven't noticed, ballroom dancing is cool again. ABC has Dancing with the Stars and Fox has So You Think You Can Dance. Now, the spectacle and flair of ballroom dancing comes to OETA with the three-part series INTERNATIONAL DANCESPORT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Top dancers from all around the world perform and compete in three main ballroom dancing categories: Latin, Standard and World Ten. The "Latin" category will have the Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. The "Standard" category has the Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, and Quickstep. And the "World Ten" category is a mix of all ten dances.
The competitions were filmed in Vienna, Berlin and Melbourne and each includes background and insight into the passionate dances and a candid look at the dancers.
INTERNATIONAL DANCESPORT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS starts this Saturday, July 11 at 8pm. The next two episodes will air the next two Saturdays in the same timeslot. All three episode repeat the following Sundays at 6pm. Cha-cha-cha!
Death Cab for Cutie
Written by Holly on Thursday July 9, 2009
Here's a little something for Death Cab for Cutie fans. I ran across the set list for tonight's SOUNDSTAGE episode and thought I'd pass it along...
1. Employment Pages
2. Your Heart Is An Empty Room
3. New Year
4. Crooked Teeth
5. My Mirror Speaks
6. Summer Skin
7. Soul Meets Body
8. I Will Possess Your Heart
10. Long Division
11. Sound of Settling
SOUNDSTAGE "Death Cab for Cutie" airs tonight, July 9 at 10pm. If you miss it, tune in at 1am for a repeat. Or you can see it again on OETA OKLA tomorrow night, July 10 at 9pm.
Okie Noodling -- The Sequel
Written by Holly on Wednesday July 8, 2009
"No worms. No wimps. No worries." -- That's the motto of the hands-on anglers known as Noodlers.
Thanks in part to filmmaker Bradley Beesley, Oklahoma has become the unofficial headquarters for noodling. In 2001, his film OKIE NOODLING was distributed to public television stations nationwide through OETA. Some programmers may have scoffed but they scheduled it anyway, much to their audience's delight. It has since become a public television cult classic. And now, Beesley has produced a sequel.
OKIE NOODLING II explores the sport's evolution over the last decade, including commercialization and some legalization issues. Beesley revisits much the original cast from the first film and introduces us to some new, eccentric characters. The second half of the film follows the 2008 noodling tournament in Pauls Valley.
If you don't have anything planned for this weekend, the 10th Annual Okie Noodling Tournament is this Saturday. You can get your registration information here. Keep in mind the new rule for 2009: "All fish must be alive. Dead fish will be disqualified." How can you not be fascinated by a sport with rules such as this?!
Here is the show's trailer:
OKIE NOODLING II premieres tonight, Wednesday, July 8 at 10pm. It will repeat Friday, July 10 at 9pm.
The State of Creativity
Written by Holly on Wednesday July 8, 2009
Due to technical difficulties, last night's premiere of THE STATE OF CREATIVITY "Noble County" didn't air as scheduled. It is now scheduled to air on Sunday, July 19 at 9:30pm.