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!
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.
Time Team America
Written by Holly on Monday July 6, 2009
Part extreme adventure, part hard science, and part reality show... TIME TEAM AMERICA is coming to OETA this Wednesday. Get ready to dig in!
In each one-hour episode of TIME TEAM AMERICA, the seven members of the team have just three days to uncover the buried secrets of their assigned dig. They face searing heat, driving rain, alligator-infested swamps, frayed nerves and of course the inevitable technical setbacks. Through it all, the audience peers over the shoulders of the archaeologists at work, eavesdropping on intense conversations and sharing the rush of discovery.
What makes this five-part series even more exciting is that one member of the team is an Oklahoman!Dr. Joe Watkins is currently the Director of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. He is a Choctaw Indian and one only a small group of American Indians with a PhD. in Archaeology. He's pictured here examining a toy papoose found at Range Creek, Utah.
As a young boy growing up in southeastern Oklahoma, Joe found a two thousand year old stone projectile point while walking in the woods. Joe's grandmother, who spoke only native Choctaw, told him it "belonged to the people before our people." Immediately enthralled by that discovery, Joe found his passion, and since then has logged more than forty years of archaeological experience.
TIME TEAM AMERICA airs on Wednesdays through July at 7pm.
A Capitol Fourth via Twitter
Written by Holly on Sunday July 5, 2009
I'm not much of a Twitterer. But if I was, the following would be my updates from last night's A CAPITOL FOURTH.
Jimmy Smits & Elmo
Written by Holly on Saturday July 4, 2009
This year's A CAPITOL FOURTH celebration has a special treat for the entire family: Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and more of the SESAME STREET gang will be on hand to celebrate America's birthday! Jimmy Smits recently caught up with Elmo to talk about the upcoming performance in A CAPITOL FOURTH.
A CAPITOL FOURTH airs live tonight at 7pm. It repeats at 8:30pm.