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!

Programming Notes 2/02 to 2/07

Written by Holly on Saturday February 2, 2013

Saturday, February 2

7:30am             SUNUP -- SUNUP discusses winter wheat conditions across Oklahoma and offers advice on top dress application. Plus: calf scours prevention, pasture regrowth, Oklahoma Quality Beef Network, wheat prices, crop insurance deadlines, Mesonet weather, wild hogs, sorting leftover bolts and 4-H Extension educator science training.

8pm                  OETA MOVIE CLUB 25th Anniversary Double Feature! -- “An Affair to Remember” and “Once”


Sunday, February 3

6:30am             RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY – In order to bring you OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION at 1:30pm (in the former ROLL CALL time period), we must slide RELIGION & ETHICS down to 6:30am. If this is too early, this program also airs on OKLA at 10:30pm on Sunday nights.

8am                  OUTDOOR OKLAHOMA -- Outdoor Oklahoma highlights two of the many practices that the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife use to help manage and even study the resident and migratory waterfowl population in Oklahoma. From a "goose round-up" to an aerial view of a millet seeding program, Outdoor Oklahoma gets you up close to waterfowl science.

8:30pm             TRACKS AHEAD – We’ve aired all of the new AVIATORS episodes, so now we’re back to trains. But planes will be back eventually. And automobiles will continue at 7am. :)

12:30pm            OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Corrections Crisis” -- Overcrowding is reaching a critical point in state prisons and county jails.  We discuss what’s causing the problem and its impact and the Department of Corrections’ need for additional funding, with:  Justin Jones, Director, Oklahoma Department of Corrections… Chris West, Undersheriff, Canadian County… Don Hewett, Sheriff, McClain County… Major Shannon Clark, Public Information Officer, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office

1:30pm             OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION – This program is much like last year’s ROLL CALL. Dan Schiedel sits down with legislators and public office holders. This week he chats with Lt. Governor Todd Lamb and Representative Randy Grau. Each episode will repeat on Tuesday nights at 10pm and several times on OKLA. RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY usually airs in this timeslot. It has been temporarily moved to 6:30am. (See note above at 6:30am.)

7pm                  MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey” – Episode 4 (from last week)

8pm                  MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey” – Episode 5 (premiere)

9pm                  MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey” – Episode 5 (repeat of the 8pm episode)


Monday, February 4

12:30pm            STATE OF THE STATE – OETA is producing and airing this live. 

9pm                  STATE OF THE STATE – Repeat of the 12:30pm live broadcast.


Tuesday, February 5

7pm                  PIONEERS OF TELEVISION “Miniseries”

8pm                  SILICON VALLEY:AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – Tonight’s programming has undergone many changes due to changes from PBS and the scheduled State of the Union presidential address later this month. Because of this, the listings services might not have the information correct. If anyone's television guides or newspapers show programming different from this, that's the reason. The same can be said about the next two Tuesdays after tonight. Here's a tip: The program guide on the OETA website comes directly from our Traffic and Operations software. It will always be correct.

9:30pm             THE MYSTERIOUS LOST STATE OF FRANKLIN -- At the end of the American Revolution, frontier settlers beyond the Appalachian mountains broke away from North Carolina to form their own government. They named their new territory The State of Franklin. The region's citizens, once united against the British Crown, now found themselves divided against one another.

10pm                OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION – Sunday’s episode will be repeated each week in this time period.

10:30pm            FOOD FORWARD “Urban Agriculture Across America”


Wednesday, February 6

7pm                  NATURE “Attenborough’s Life Stories, Part 3”

8pm                  NOVA “Building Pharoah’s Chariot”

9pm                  LIFE ON FIRE “Pioneers of the Deep”

10pm                GLOBE TREKKER “East Texas”


Thursday, February 7 

7pm                  GALLERY #1304 --  Gallery shows how a poem feeds the soul, bringing us poets who are sharing all they know… And Phillip Danner and Jarrod Smith provide studio space at an affordable rate and expand the number of opportunities for artists in the Plaza District by holding several free art openings and music events monthly. (PREMIERE)

9pm                  DOC MARTIN “The Apple Doesn’t Fall” -- Portwenn has a new police officer following the departure of PC Mark Mylow after his doomed marriage. His replacement is PC Joseph Penhale,who appears to have an odd affliction which causes him to fall asleep suddenly at strange times. The doctor discovers that he has narcolepsy brought on by a kick to the head from a horse suffered two years earlier. Village plumber Bert Large is having a midlife crisis. His son Al has left the village on his travels round the world and Bert feels left out in the cold. Doc Martin offers no help.

10pm                CALL THE MIDWIFE #105 – In the earlier version of the listings, this was posted as #106. That would have been out of order. I’ve sent the corrections to the listings services. I hope they make the corrections in the guides. Tonight should be #105 and next week should be #106, and the following week will be the holiday special from last December. New episodes of CALL THE MIDWIFE are coming at the end of March!!

"Up With Downton" Podcasts

Written by Holly on Monday January 28, 2013

UpwithDowntonYes, we're still chatting about Downton Abbey! If you'd like to hear us, here is a link to our podcasts. Last night's episode (#4) is at the top, with #3 below it, then #2, etc. 

New ones are posted Mondays or Tuesdays, depending on when we have time to record them. 

If you've never listened, be warned... We're not fancy. We're just a few OETA staff members who love the show and thought maybe people would like to eavesdrop on our conversations. We take the show very seriously. We're PBS nerds. I guess we work at the right place. 

Doctor Who Series 6 Repeats

Written by Holly on Friday January 25, 2013

dws6No, it's not your imagination. And no, you haven't slipped onto the Tardis and gone back in time. Tonight's episode of DOCTOR WHO is in fact a repeat.

As of last week, we've aired all of the new episodes that we have of Series 6. We'll have to wait until this fall before we'll have Series 7.

I'm just as excited and impatient as you are!

On a side note... If you're reading this, then you're probably a DOCTOR WHO fan and you'll probably appreciate this more than anyone... It's the pinewood derby car I designed to run in the "Open Class" division of my son's Cub Scout competition tomorrow. Wish me luck!


Programming Notes 1/18 to 1/24

Written by Holly on Friday January 18, 2013

 Friday, January 18

7pm                  ONR -- Oklahoma cities begin rationing water as the ongoing drought raises fears of long-term damage to state lakes... The number of flu cases continues to mount with nearly 500 people hospitalized.  Tulsa is hardest-hit… This may be the year state employees see major changes to how their salaries and benefits are determined… Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman discusses the upcoming legislative session and his policy priorities… A major expansion is underway for Oklahoma’s only statewide high-speed broadband provider, OneNet… The first class in the “School of Rock” heads toward graduation… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.

10:30pm           DOCTOR WHO “Christmas Special 2011 – The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe” – This is the last new episode of our most recent purchase. The NEW new ones aren’t available to us yet. After this episode, we’ll go back and start all over with this season.


Saturday, January 19

7:30am             SUNUP -- SUNUP travels to the OSU Wheat Pasture Research Station at Marshall to discuss lice infestation in cattle. Also: Mesonet weather, wheat prices, calving stages, value-added cattle, tree management for deer and the Oklahoma AgrAbility Project.

10am                MARTHA STEWART’S COOKING SCHOOL – We’ve aired all of the episodes of this new series, and they were so good that we’re airing them again.

O K L A -- 4:30pm – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET #701 “L’Elisir d’Amore” – This is the first episode of the season for these operas. We’ll air them on the first Saturday after they feed from PBS . However, the second episode of the season will feed in late February, and due to our pledge drive, we won’t get to air it until March 23rd


Sunday, January 20

12:30pm           OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Arts and Art Education” -- With research showing the importance of arts in student achievement and economic development, we discuss arts and art education with: Jennifer James McCollum, Executive Director, Oklahomans for the Arts… Julia Kirt, Executive Director, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition… Kim Baker, Executive Director, Oklahoma Arts Council… Jean Hendrickson, Executive Director, Oklahoma A+ Schools

8pm                  MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 3, Part 3” – This episode will repeat on our Main Channel on 1/22 at 2am and 5am, 1/26 at 11:15pm and 1/27 at 7pm. And on OKLA on 1/21 at 8pm. Fans of the program won't want to miss OETA's podcasts where a few members of the staff (including me) sit down and discuss the most recent episode. The podcasts can be found on OETA's SoundCloud site here.


Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King Day

10am                PBS NEWSHOUR INAUGURATION 2013: A SPECIAL REPORT – Coverage can be expected to last 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Children’s programming will be preempted during this special report.

4pm                  WILD KRATTS LOST AT SEA – This is a special one-hour episode. It preempts ELECTRIC COMPANY. It will not be repeated on our Main Channel. If you have OETA Kids, you can see it again on Sunday, 1/27 at 1pm.

9pm                  FLY BOYS: WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA TUSKEGEE AIRMEN -- The triumphant story of the African-American soldiers who served their country during World War II. (This is airing in celebration of Martin Luther King Day in the INDEPENDENT LENS timeslot. Viewers who want to see the “Beauty is Embarrassing” episode will need to set their DVRs for Wednesday morning at 3am or Sunday morning at 2am. 

10pm                PHOTOGRAPHER FLIP SCHULKE – Documentary about the amazing life and career of the acclaimed photojournalist. Hosted by Langston University historian Currie Ballard, this program explores the freelance photographer's life and work for publications such as Life magazine, Sports Illustrated and Ebony magazine. It also chronicles Schulke's 10-year friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His efforts to convince King that the civil rights movement should be documented led to Schulke taking approximately 11,000 photographs during that time. (This program is not available for purchase but it airs in regular rotation on OKLA.)


Tuesday, January 22

9pm                  FRONTLINE “The Untouchables” -- A look at why Wall Street's leaders and have escaped prosecution since America's financial meltdown.

10pm                FAITH IN THE HOOD -- A compelling look at the inner city focuses on the spiritual life of a Washington, DC neighborhood.


Wednesday, January 23

7pm                  NATURE “Attenborough’s Life Stories, Part 1” -- David Attenborough reflects on memorable wildlife footage, including catching a komodo dragon. Part 2 will air next Wednesday at 7pm.

8pm                  NOVA “Rise of the Drones” -- The explosive growth of airborne pilotless drones is transforming the armed forces of every nation.


Thursday, January 24

7pm                  STATELINE #1403 “Crumbling Capitol” -- A look at the disrepair and deterioration of the Oklahoma State Capitol building. 

"Up With Downton" Podcast

Written by Holly on Wednesday January 9, 2013

UpwithDowntonIs Downton Abbey a topic of watercooler conversation at your work? Do you and your friends chat about it online? Was it all over your Facebook and Twitter Sunday night? (It was on mine!) It seems people can't get enough of the D.A.! 

Several of us here at OETA are huge fans. We've been anticipating Season Three for several weeks, theorizing what drama might lie ahead. When we finally got our hands on a preview of the first episode, we went crazy talking about it. Our conversations were lively and funny, and finally one of us mentioned that we should record them. 

And that's what we've done.

Here is a link to the first installment of "Up With Downton" where we discuss Episode 1 of Season Three. There really aren't any significant spoilers in the commentary, so feel free to listen to it even if you haven't watched the episode yet.

We plan to do a podcast for each episode. If you have questions/comments/topics that you'd like discussed, please email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it