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!
Quality Time with Dad
Written by Holly on Friday June 19, 2009
We always hear relationship advice that says "turn off the TV and have a meaningful conversation." But come on, the reality is we all love TV and we all love to talk about what we watch on TV.
So, if you find yourself in the living room with Dad this weekend, tune in to OETA and have a good chat about these dad-friendly shows...
THIS OLD HOUSE -- Saturday at 12:30pm -- Learn about installing a cell phone zone extender so you don't have to go outside or stand on the toilet to get a good signal on your cell phone.
NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP - Saturday at 1pm - Learn how to build a portable chop saw station so you can have your own "New Yankee Workshop" at home.
HOMETIME - Saturday at 1:30pm - The crew makes a basement more livable by taking care of asbestos, low-hanging pipes and floor drains.
MOTORWEEK - Sunday at 7am - They road test the 2009 Nissan 370Z and 2010 Mazda3.
NOVA "Bone Diggers" - Saturday at 3pm, Sunday at 11am -- Preserved remains of long extinct, fascinating creatures litter the floor of a prehistoric grave site in a cave in Australia.
NATURE "Animals Behaving Worse" -- Sunday at 7pm -- As cities and suburbs extend further into animal habitats, conflicts between humans and animals are on the rise, ranging from annoyance and harassment to outright threat and danger.
While we're on the subject of Father's Day, let me take this opportunity to say howdy and "I love you" to my dad. Instead of watching TV, he and I will be watching my son hit a birthday piñata. Now that's good family fun.
The History Detectives are Back!
Written by Holly on Thursday June 18, 2009
If you put Antiques Roadshow, C.S.I. and Mythbusters in a blender, you'd get something pretty close to History Detectives.
Here's how the show works... A person has an historical object and a story that's been passed down with it, and they call on one of the "History Detectives" to find out if the story is true. In their research, the detectives use resources that are available almost anyone... libraries, museums, experts and archives. In the end, they find out the real history behind the object.
A few of the questions they'll try to answer in Season 7:
- Did John Wilkes Booth's father once threaten to kill President Andrew Jackson?
- Did Thomas Edison build a device for communicating with the dead?
- Why were tiny babies exhibited at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair?
- Was a gun handed down through two generations of prominent Chicago families used by Al Capone's gang during the St. Valentine's Day Massacre?
- Why did President Millard Fillmore pardon an unknown Indian convicted of murdering a St. Louis trader?
HISTORY DETECTIVES has come to Oklahoma at least four times in doing their research, and I want them to come back. Not only is it interesting to learn about Oklahoma's history, but it's exciting to think I might run in to one of them at the airport or the mall. I actually did see detective Wes Cowan (pictured, top right) at a restaurant at one of the PBS conferences, but I was too star struck to say anything. All I remember is that he ate a salad and was very polite to his waitress.
Let's try to get HISTORY DETECTIVES to visit Oklahoma again. If you have an object that might have played a role in American history, submit your story here.
Season 7 of HISTORY DETECTIVES starts this Monday, June 22nd at 8pm.
Father's Day Gift Ideas
Written by Holly on Thursday June 18, 2009
June is a busy month. There are weddings, birthdays and various other celebrations. Just this weekend alone, I have my son's birthday and Father's Day. I have only two more gifts to purchase, but I know exactly what I'm going to get, so the hardest part is over.
Sports Dad: Ken Burns' Baseball DVD Set
Spiritual Dad: Walking the Bible DVD Set
History Buff Dad: Ken Burns' Civil War DVD Set
Movie Buff Dad: The Ultimate Sherlock Holmes Collection DVD Set
ShopPBS is offering $10 off any $50 purchase right now. But if it's too late to order for Father's Day, go ahead and get the gift for Dad's birthday or Christmas. You'll be glad you did.
Thursday Night Docs
Written by Holly on Wednesday June 17, 2009
We take pride in Thursday nights around here because that's the night we show a full hour of our award-winning documentaries.
GALLERY (8pm) explores the art and culture of Oklahoma. STATELINE (8:30pm) focuses on the issues and concerns of Oklahomans. Both have won numerous awards, including several regional Emmy Awards.
You may have detected our pattern... The newest episode of GALLERY premieres the first Thursday of the month, followed by an archive episode of STATELINE. They trade places the second week with STATELINE premiering and an archive episode of GALLERY. We repeat the new episodes in the third and fourth week, but they're paired with different archive episodes.
If you didn't follow all of that, don't worry. It all comes down to this... The documentaries are well-done, timeless and still in production. So, keep watching for the old and the new!
Tonight's GALLERY is our newest episode, "Oklahoma Rocks". From rockabilly to bubblegum pop, Oklahoma has its fair share of rockers. So many, in fact, that the Oklahoma History Center has an entire exhibit dedicated to them. Here is the open to the program to get you in the mood. And at 8:30pm, it's STATELINE "Thunderbirds", originally produced in 2006, spotlighting Oklahoma's 45th Infantry Division. You can read more about "Thunderbirds" and even watch the full episode here.
Chess in Concert
Written by Holly on Tuesday June 16, 2009
Sadly, I've never seen the stage performance of Chess. It's been one of my favorite musicals since the moment I first listened to my college roommate's CD. I even made the lyrics to "Nobody's Side" a special study project of mine in Voice and Diction class my senior year. I know all of the songs forwards and back. But alas, when I sing along, I'm forced to create the scenes in my head from mere imagination.
All that changes tomorrow night when GREAT PERFORMANCES features "Chess in Concert".
The performers chosen for this concert couldn't be more perfect... Idina Menzel as Florence, Adam Pascal as Freddie and Josh Groban as Anatoly. Lyrics are by Tim Rice (of Disney fame), with music composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA.
Okay, so it's not a full performance with all the spoken lines and dancing and whatnot. They're just going to sing the songs from the show, but it's going to take my breath away, and I can't wait.
Even if you're not a fan of musical theatre, you probably know more about Chess than you realize. Have you ever heard "One Night in Bangkok" by Murray Head? That's from Chess. What about "I Know Him So Well" by Whitney Houston (and others)? That's from Chess.
Tune in tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 7pm. It's going to be a great show. Until then, I'd like to leave you with a gem from the Tim Rice lyrics...
Everybody's playing the game.
But nobody's rules are the same.
Nobody's on nobody's side.