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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!

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.

logo_galleryGALLERY (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.Stateline_Logo

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.

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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

I remember the first time I went to the theatre. I was six-years old. It was"Up With People" and it took my little-kid breath away. And even today, regardless of the show, I still get that rush when the lights come up and orchestra comes alive.CHESS_in_Concert

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.

Doctor Who Explainer

Written by Holly on Thursday June 11, 2009

Doctor Who Season 2 Episode 1If you are a hard core DOCTOR WHO fan, then I don't need to tell you everything that I'm about to tell you. But if you're like my husband who only watches DOCTOR WHO every so often, then you'll appreciate the following explanation...

The current incarnation of DOCTOR WHO is Series 3 of the revival of the original British program. (OETA also aired Series 1 and 2 as soon as they became available on this side of the pond.)

Last week was the final episode in Series 3, "Last of the Time Lords." The character known as The Master conquered the Earth and held the aged Doctor prisoner. It was up to Martha Jones to carry out the Doctor's plan and save the universe. She did and then she left the Doctor to go back to her family and to get her medical degree. Once again, the Doctor is all alone.

So, now what? OETA doesn't have the broadcast rights to Series 4, and we probably won't have them until the spring of 2010. So, we're starting from the beginning of Series 3 for viewers who may have missed some of the new episodes.

Tonight's episode is called "The Runaway Bride", and it aired originally in the UK as a Christmas special. It picks up where Series 2 ends right after the Doctor says goodbye to Rose Tyler.

 A sidenote to all David Tennant fans (and who isn't?!?)... Mr. Tennant has been chosen as the new host of MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY starting this October. Other than getting used to a new Doctor, what does this mean? It promotes Tennant from a cool sci-fi guy to a sophisticated gentleman who will be seen on many more American TV sets than if he held onto his Doctor role forever. 

The Digital Transition -- It's Kind of a Big Deal

Written by Holly on Wednesday June 10, 2009

Remember when analog TV was scheduled to end on February 17, 2009? We had meeting after meeting preparing for that deadline. And then the FCC changed it to June 12th (tomorrow!). But OETA had already put so much money and momentum into a February transition that we went ahead and turned off the analog transmitter at 1pm on February 17th. (I watched it happen from a hospital room with a brand new baby in my arms.) dtv_tvimage-national-english

Fortunately, many stations in Oklahoma City have already made the switch. And that's part of the reason that Oklahoma City is the most prepared city in the nation for the transition. However, out of the 56 Nielsen markets studied, Tulsa ranks as #48 in preparedness with almost 22,000 homes completely unready for the transition.

Regardless of your location, if you wake up on Saturday morning and you're missing some channels on your dial - rescan! Tell your converter box or digital television to scan for more television stations. And if you're still missing some channels, then perhaps you live beyond where the digital signal can reach. Sadly, the digital signals just don't go as far as the analog ones did.

For those of you watching OETA from one of our 14 translators in the rural parts of Oklahoma, you will most likely continue to receive an analog signal until September 2009. More information on getting prepared can be found here.

OETA_OKLA_2_copyWhile we're talking DTV, let me give a shout out for the OETA Okla channel. If you watch OETA's digital signal over-the-air, OETA Okla is in the "point-two" designation (i.e. 13.2). Or if you have Cox Digital Cable, it's on channel 112. There are some smaller cable companies that are starting to pick up OETA Okla as well. We hope the whole state will see it soon.

OETA Okla has children's programming on the weekend mornings, a 24-hour delay of PBS's primetime schedule and all the programming about Oklahoma that you could want, plus a plethora of news and public affairs programming that just wouldn't fit on our main channel. It's like having two OETAs. Come to think of it, that's exactly what it is.

Ferrets: The Pursuit of Excellence

Written by Holly on Wednesday June 10, 2009

Would you consider yourself a cat person or dog person? Have you ever met a ferret person? You will tonight.


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The hour-long program airs tonight at 9pm on OETA. If you miss it, you can catch it tomorrow night on OETA OKLA.