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!

Last Call for Coupons!

Written by Holly on Friday July 24, 2009

SampleCoupon_FullYou 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.


Written by Holly on Thursday July 23, 2009

 Here's the set list for tonight's performance by Fall Out Boy on SOUNDSTAGE...FallOutBoy6

1. Disloyal Order of Water Buffalos
2. Thriller
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
13. Saturday

Presidential News Conference

Written by Holly on Tuesday July 21, 2009

17660_logoPresident Obama will hold a primetime news conference tomorrow (Wednesday, July 22) at 7pm to discuss his healthcare reform plan.  PBS will present live coverage of the news conference as a "special report" of THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER.

We will carry the live coverage on OETA's main channel, preempting TIME TEAM AMERICA. If the news conference concludes in significantly less than an hour, THE NEWSHOUR may not fill to the top of the hour. We would then join TIME TEAM AMERICA in progress.

If you wish to see the full episode of TIME TEAM AMERICA, set your VCR/DVR for 4am next Monday morning on OETA's main channel. It will not be seen on OETA OKLA Thursday night because of our special presentation of "Walter Cronkite: Witness to History". It can also be seen online here.

Walter Cronkite: Witness to History

Written by Holly on Monday July 20, 2009

0f76e24daba1d362_largeTo help mark the passing of legendary newsman Walter Cronkite, OETA will air a special presentation of AMERICAN MASTERS "Walter Cronkite: Witness to History" this Thursday, July 23rd at 7pm on OETA OKLA. It will repeat Saturday, July 25 at 7:30pm, also on OETA OKLA.

Everyone knew Walter Cronkite from the CBS Evening News, where he earned distinction as "The Most Trusted Man in America" during his 19 years at the anchor desk. Throughout his award-winning career - which began as a field reporter in World War II - Cronkite covered such historic events as the first trip to the moon; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy; the Watergate scandal; the Vietnam War; the Iran hostage crisis; and John Glenn's return to space. Through it all, he steadfastly adhered to a credo of fast, accurate and unbiased news reporting. OETA_OKLA_2_copyAfter stepping down as anchorman in 1981, his story continued -- Walter Cronkite lead the life of a genuine Renaissance man -- author, sailor, producer and patron, his public concern for, and commitment to, our world never faltered.

Walter Cronkite died Friday, July 17. He was 92.


Written by Holly on Monday July 20, 2009

We interrupt our regular scheduled programming blog to bring you this exciting announcement... Congratulations to several members of the OETA staff for their awards won this weekend! 

BJ_Emmy_3_with_MickieOETA was nominated for six Emmy Awards at the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences dinner held Saturday. The Heartland Chapter covers most of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Our own BJ Wexler got to take home one of the coveted statues as "Best Program Host." He's pictured here with the Producer and Director of the OETA Movie Club, Mickie Smith.

OETA also won eight awards from the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters on Friday. Awards went to the following:

Best Video Editing
1st                        State of Creativity - Derek Watson
2nd                       Gallery: "The Song Receiver" - Dave Tamez
Election Coverage
1st                        Election Night Coverage - OETA Election Staff
2nd                       Stateline: Up In Smoke - Stateline Staff
Feature Photography
3rd                       Stateline: Shootin' Iron - Boots Kennedye
Feature Reporting
Honorable Mention        Gallery: Harmonic Healing - Susan Miller, Boots Kennedye
Investigative Reporting
Honorable Mention        Stateline: Meth in McCurtain County - Stateline Staff
General News
Honorable Mention        Slow Trolleys - Lori Rasmussen