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!
OETA Create Problems
Written by Holly on Monday July 2, 2012
Fans of OETA Create have probably noticed that the programming doesn't match the online guide. Also, the programs are starting at odd times. And the logo at the bottom right of the screen is different. What's going on?!?
Here's the scoop...
Severe thunderstorms in the New York/DC area this past weekend caused a break in the communication lines (fiber optics) between the originator of the programming and the satellite provider. While crews work on repairing the lines, an emergency loop feed is being used in place of regular programming.
All parties are working very hard to restore the feed. We will keep you updated on any further information we receive and apologize for the inconvenience and frustration it has caused.
Thank you for understanding.
Programming Notes 6/29 to 7/05
Written by Holly on Friday June 29, 2012
Friday, June 29
7pm OKLAHOMA NEWS REPORT -- The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We’ll have Oklahoma reaction to the landmark health care decision… After a string of defeats for Tea Party-backed candidates, political analysts begin questioning the movement’s influence… Oklahoma State’s new rural medicine track is training doctors to fill a critical gap, and going it in a new way… Teen drinking is costing lives and almost a billion dollars a year, but a new effort is attacking the problem… Hardy handfishermen search murky rivers for big catfish, making “noodling” a unique part of Oklahoma life… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
9pm MARIACHI HIGH: PBS ARTS -- A year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School in South Texas. (This is the first in the new line of “PBS ARTS” programs that will roll out over the next few weeks. The ones that don’t air on the Main channel will air on the OKLA channel on Saturdays.)
10:25pm DOCTOR WHO “The Beast Below” – This is the middle of the 5th Series. We’ll complete this series one last time and then we’ll move on to the next series starting October 12th.
Saturday, June 30
7:30am SUNUP – SUNUP discusses pasture weeds, treatment options and continued forage recovery from drought damage. Plus, testing summer annuals for nitrates, Senate-approved farm bill, air temps and soil moisture, wheat and corn prices, sheet metal storage box part 1, peaches and quilt pattern barn artwork.
Sunday, July 1
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Primary Election Wrap-up” – Discussion of the results of the Oklahoma Primary Election and the politics of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, with guests: Vickie White Rankin, Former State Representative… Doug Miller, Former State Representative… Patrick McGuigan, Editor, CapitolBeatOK… Arnold Hamilton, Editor, The Oklahoma Observer
3pm OKLAHOMA HORIZON -- Will Rogers - Robert Henry, Oklahoma City University president and former Oklahoma attorney general and federal judge gives his perspective on Will Rogers… Will Rogers & Politics - Often referred to as the most trusted man in America's history, Will Rogers became politically influential as the voice of the people… Will Rogers Museum - Claremore's Will Rogers Museum honors Oklahoma’s favorite son… Will Rogers & Movies - The most popular actor in the nation during his day, Will Rogers trailed only one actress in popularity - Shirley Temple… Fly In - Some Oklahomans have turned the tragedy of the airplane crash that killed Will Rogers and Wiley Post into an annual event that honors their pioneering aviation legacy.
7pm QUEEN AND COUNTRY – This four-part series looks at the traditions and institutions surrounding the monarchy, from Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace through the queen's royal visits... to some of the greatest royal palaces. Will air in this time slot for four consecutive Sundays.
8pm MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! “Endeavor” -- Before Inspector Lewis, there was Inspector Morse, and before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse, fed up with police work and ready to nip his career in the bud by handing in his resignation. That is, until a murder turned up that only he could solve. Shaun Evans ("The Take," "The Virgin Queen") stars as the young Endeavour Morse, before his signature red Jaguar but with his deductive powers already running in high gear.
9:30pm 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.
Tuesday, July 3
7pm MICHAEL WOOD’S STORY OF ENGLAND (Parts 1 and 2) -- This series tells the story of England, from the Dark Ages until the 20th century, through the eyes of one place: Kibworth, Leicestershire.It's the story of people and their land over time. But also it's a tale of migration -- Romans and Britons, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, Normans, Flemings, Huguenots and Jews -- the story is one of newcomers, right down to the modern waves of immigration, West Indians Africans, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis. All of them came to English shores to create communities, to make a living and raise families -- in time becoming English and then British. This is their story, too. (Part 3 will air next week at 7pm and Part 4 the next week at 7pm.)
9pm FRONTLINE “Money, Power and Wall Street: The Crisis Spreads” – Explores how an epidemic of greed spread from financial institutions in America to Europe and back.
Wednesday, July 4
7p & 8:30p A CAPITOL FOURTH -- A CAPITOL FOURTH, featuring musical performances by some of the country's best known and award-winning musicians in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, on National Public Radio and around the world to our troops on the American Forces Network. Bringing viewers the most spectacular fireworks display anywhere in the nation,the annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH captures the pyrotechnics from every vantage point with twenty television cameras stationed around the city -- including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument and across the Potomac River. In tribute to America's birthday, the show is capped off with Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery.
Thursday, July 5
7pm STATELINE #607 “Chance to Change” – A look at preparations made to bring the prisoners back into society. (Original broadcast -- 5/03/05)
7:30pm GALLERY #1301 “On the Fringe” -- THEY are the women of “Fringe”, Oklahoma’s latest arts organization made up entirely of female artists. Born from the late night musings of an Oklahoma City metal sculptor, Fringe has assembled 25 talented team members, all submitting to a strict application process. The scrutiny paid off. The first two Fringe exhibits saw hundreds of patrons and now, one year after it’s conception, the group has its own gallery. From paintings, to mosaics, to metal and wood work, the ladies of Fringe cover all mediums. Join Gallery on OETA to meet the founder and talk to the women who are driving this new endeavor to nurture female artists On The Fringe. (Premiere)
10pm POV “The City Dark” -- Is darkness becoming extinct? When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves from rural Maine to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to America's brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. Blending a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky, "The City Dark" provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars.
When Are We Getting New Episodes of DOCTOR WHO??
Written by Holly on Friday June 1, 2012
I know! I know! That's the question you're asking and I WANT to tell you they're coming SOON!!... But, I can't.... You'll have to wait a few more months.
The company that arranges and sells the broadcast rights of DOCTOR WHO episodes to public television stations here in America is getting the new season as quickly as possible. And as soon as they have them, we will have them, and then you will have them.
Until then... Please enjoy the only episodes of DOCTOR WHO that we currently have rights to air. Tonight is the final episode of Series 5, titled "The Big Bang." Next week, you'll see "End of Time, Pt. 1," followed the next week by Part 2. Then we'll start again with all of Series 5.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Programming Notes 4/20 to 4/26
Written by Holly on Friday April 20, 2012
Friday, April 20
7pm ONR -- An overabundance of natural gas is pushing prices down, creating economic uncertainty for producers with little prospect of a quick recovery… Making Oklahoma a little more “green” in some ways you might not expect… We’ll take you to a company in Shawnee to find out why it’s been a success for more than 100 years… Travelling Highway 9 through “Tornado Alley” leads to the country’s center for storm prediction… Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business… Shawn Ashley of eCapitol brings us the latest news @ the Capitol… And, remembering the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, 17 years after the deadly attack.
9pm SWITCHBACK – THE CELTIC SESSIONS -- A live concert featuring both original and traditional Celtic music performed in an exciting style.
Saturday, April 21
7:30am SUNUP – SUNUP shows producers how to identify armyworms in wheat, and explains treatment options and potential yield loss. Plus, storm damage, soil compaction assessment, cow-calf industry trends, grain market analysis, Oklahoma Prescribed Fire Council, composting and rainwater harvesting.
Sunday, April 22
8:30am TRACKS AHEAD – Premiere of the new season!
1pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Fallin For Business” – Discussion of the results of a new business climate survey (FallinForBusiness.com) and the impact of the survey on state economic development and policy priorities with guests: Dave Lopez, Secretary of Commerce and Tourism and Chris Wright, Ph.D., CEO, Reliant
8pm MASTERPIECE “Birdsong, Pt.1” -- This is an adaptation of Sebastian Faulk's best-selling novel about lovers torn apart by World War I. Eddie Redmayne (The Pillars of the Earth) plays Stephen Wrayford, whose pre-war affair with Isabelle Azaire (Clemence Poesy, Harry Potter) has an enduring effect on him as he fights in the trenches. The saga concludes next week with Part Two.
9:30pm FOUND CAUSES #101 “Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans & Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Services” -- Found Causes features people who serve the community by actively getting involved in the lives of people in crisis. They participate in nonprofit charities that have a proven record of providing effective support. Each episode gives an in-depth look at two different charities and the solutions they are providing. We also hear from the people whose lives have been changed by the generosity of others. You will witness real people telling their story in their own words. This series will air in different time periods, at least one episode per month, through the end of this year. It will repeat regularly on OKLA.
Tuesday, April 24
8pm FRONTLINE “Money, Power and Wall Street” -- In a special four-hour investigation, FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the origins of the financial meltdown and the battle to save the global economy. Over two consecutive weeks, the films explore key decisions, missed opportunities and the unprecedented moves by the government and banking leaders that have affected the fortunes of millions of people.
In Hour 1, FRONTLINE tells the epic story of the rise of modern finance. A revolution in banking begins at a luxury hotel in Boca Raton, FL, where a rowdy team from J. P. Morgan invents a new marketplace for trading risk. Correspondent Martin Smith (College, Inc., The Madoff Affair) interviews leading bankers, officials and journalists to explain how financial engineering on Wall Street brought the global economy to its knees - and the reverberations are still being felt along Main Street. Immediately following, in Hour 2, FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk (Inside the Meldown, The Warning) investigates how the country's leaders failed to prevent an oncoming crisis and ended up initiating the largest government bailout in history. Told by participants from Washington and Wall Street, the story includes inside accounts from the campaign of presidential candidate Barack Obama. By the time of his election Obama is thoroughly up to speed on the disaster, but the question remains - what can he do once he takes office? (Hours 3 and 4 will air next week in this time period.)
10pm ROLL CALL #119 -- Rep. Charles Key (R) from District 90 in Oklahoma City… Sen. Harry Coates (R) from District 28, which covers parts of Seminole, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, and Oklahoma counties… Rep. Purcy Walker (D) from District 60 covering parts of Beckham, Ellis Greer, Harmon, and Roger Mills counties in Southwestern Oklahoma.
Wednesday, April 25
8pm NOVA “Secrets of the Sun” -- It contains 99.9 percent of all the matter in our solar system and sheds hot plasma at nearly a million miles an hour. The temperature at its core is a staggering 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. It convulses, it blazes, it sings. You know it as the sun. Scientists know it as one of the most amazing physics laboratories in the universe. Now, with the help of new spacecraft and Earth-based telescopes, scientists are seeing the Sun as they never have before and even re-creating what happens at the very center of the Sun in labs here on Earth. Their work will help us understand aspects of the sun that have puzzled scientists for decades. But more critically, it may help us predict and track solar storms that have the power to zap our power grid, shut down telecommunications, and ground global air travel for days, weeks, or even longer.
9pm AMERICA REVEALED “Electric Nation” -- Our modern electric power grid has been called the biggest and most complex machine in the world - delivering electricity over 200,000 miles of high-tension transmission lines. Travel around the country with host Yul Kwon to understand its intricacies, its vulnerabilities and the remarkable ingenuity required to keep the electricity on, every day of the year. At New York State's governing grid control room, learn how a massive blackout cut power to 40 million Americans; to understand how we can protect against this type of colossal failure, join a team who makes daring repairs from the side of a helicopter in flight. Visit the country's largest coal mine, rappel down the side of a wind turbine, take a rare tour of a nuclear plant and travel on a massive tanker - as Kwon reflects on the challenges and opportunities to keep the power flowing.
Thursday, April 26
7pm ASK A LAWYER – A lot of information can be found here.
8pm THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR – We recorded the episodes of THIS OLD HOUSE that fed during the pledge drive so that you wouldn’t miss any of the new episodes. Now, all of the 10th season has aired. We’re going to join the regular PBS feed, already in progress, which means we’re starting with episode #1004 instead of #1001. For technical reasons, we need to do it this way. Episodes #1001-1003 are repeats and we hope you had the chance to view them when they first aired last year.
10pm INDEPENDENT LENS “Facing the Storm: The Story of the American Bison” -- Bison have had a rich and complex relationship with the people of North America. From the first Americans who relied on bison for food, shelter and clothing to modern wildlife conservationists who are struggling to re-establish a place for bison in the Great Plains, this program introduces viewers to a rich history of human sustenance,exploitation, conservation and spiritual relations with the ultimate icon of wild America. (This will air regularly on OKLA, starting Sunday 4/29 at 1:30pm and Monday 4/30 at 10am.)
Programming Notes 3/30 to 4/05
Written by Holly on Friday March 30, 2012
Friday, March 30
9pm LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN “Adele” – Just days after the release of her record-breaking sophomore album, "21," British sensation Adele performed for a small group of lucky fans at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club in Santa Monica, CA. Her powerful voice filled the elegant ballroom with hits like "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You" from "21," and "Chasing Pavements" from her Grammy-winning debut album, "19," as well as a cover of the soul classic "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Recorded February 25, 2011, Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club, Santa Monica, CA.
Saturday, March 31
5am GREAT PERFORMANCES "The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater" -- Michael Tilson Thomas explores the American Yiddish theater though the lives of his grandparents.
7:30am SUNUP – SUNUP has a progress report on wheat and canola, and crop insect and disease treatments. Plus, Mesonet weather and late freeze information, grain and cattle market analysis, Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit featuring drought recovery, freemartin heifers, clecos to clamp metal and the 2012 DASNR Champions.
11:30am P. ALLEN SMITH’S GARDEN HOME – This premiered last Saturday, but it’s worth mentioning again… All episodes of VICTORY GARDEN have been repeats for quite a while, so we’re putting this series on hiatus. We’ve received lots of requests to air P. ALLEN SMITH’S GARDEN HOME and we’re excited to able to bring it to OETA viewers.
Sunday, April 1
5am AUSTIN CITY LIMITS can now be seen in this timeslot in high definition. It is the episode that PBS fed to us on Saturday night.
7:30am ROUGH CUT-WOODWORKING WITH TOMMY MAC -- This premiered last Sunday, but it’s worth mentioning again… WOODWRIGHT’S SHOP is going on hiatus for a while so that we can bring you a highly-requested similar program, ROUGH CUT-WOODWORKING WITH TOMMY MAC, which we’ve received lots of requests to air from viewers.
8:30am ALL ABOARD – This is a three-part series about trains. We aired all of THE AVIATORS episodes. They’re repeating on OKLA if you want to see them all again. We’ll air more of THE AVIATORS on our Main channel when new episodes are released. Following the three episodes of ALL ABOARD, we’ll air the new season of TRACKS AHEAD.
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Health Care Reform and the Supreme Court“ – Discussion of the constitutionality of the federal Affordable Care Act and the arguments presented at the U.S. Supreme Court with guests: Rick Tepker, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Scholarship and Enrichment, University of Oklahoma College of Law… Andrew C. Spiropoulos, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of State Constitutional Law and Government, Oklahoma City University School of Law
3pm OKLAHOMA HORIZON -- The Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Program… Scotland - From historic castles to rugged landscapes, Scotland is a small country with big character and people proud of their heritage that spans thousands of years… Diversity in Ag - Farmers in Ireland are learning that diversification is key to the survival of the family farm… Irish Tourism - From ancient castles to the Irish nightlife, tourism is important to Ireland… Irish Ag - How does a wet climate factor into Ireland's agricultural diversity?
8pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Great Expectations” – This is a two-parter. The first part is only one-hour in length. Next week will be two hours in length. Widely considered one of Charles Dickens' greatest novels, "Great Expectations" tells the story of Pip the battered orphan boy, who rises from blacksmith's apprentice to gentleman under the patronage of a mysterious benefactor, who assures him of "great expectations." Starring Gillian Anderson, David Suchet and Ray Winstone.
Monday, April 2
8pm AMERICAN MASTERS “Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel” -- Discover the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind the bestselling novel "Gone With the Wind."
9pm AMERICAN MASTERS “Harper Lee: Hey Boo” – Explore the phenomenon behind To Kill a Mockingbird and the mysterious life of its author.
Tuesday, April 3
10pm ROLL CALL #102 -- Guests include: Representative Randy McDaniel; Representative Gary Banz; Representative Ed Cannaday
10:30pm TREASURES OF THE GILCREASE “To Capture the Sun: Gold of Ancient Panama” -- Narrated by Jeanne Tripplehorn, this documentary explores the shimmering beauty of the Gilcrease collection of ancient Panamanian gold. More than 100 extraordinary objects tell the story of a culture where possessing and wearing gold conferred power and status - with fascinating parallels to our own times. Produced in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name and as part of theTreasures of Gilcrease series on OETA. If you'd like more information or a video, contact the Gilcrease museum shop at 918-596-2725.
Wednesday, April 4
7pm THE PEOPLE’S BUSINESS #2501 -- First episode of the new season. This program will air LIVE every Wednesday at 7pm through May 16th. The PBS programs that feed at 7pm Wednesday nights will be shifted down to 10pm.
8pm NOVA “Hunting the Elements” – In this special two-hour episode, David Pogue, lively host of NOVA's popular "Making Stuff" series and personal technology correspondent for "The New York Times," spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry on a quest to unlock the secrets of the elements. Because this is two hours, it won’t repeat on the weekend like other NOVAs do.
10pm NATURE “Ocean’s Giants: Deep Thinkers” – For the next month and a half, NATURE will premiere at 10pm on Wednesdays. It will continue to repeat most Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 10am.
Thursday, April 5
7pm STATELINE #1304 “Path to a Paycheck” – Educators and employers all over the world are aware of a fact that very few Oklahomans would ever suspect. Our state's career tech system is one of the best in the world. Every year delegations from foreign countries and from other states visit Oklahoma to tour the campuses and unlock the secret to our state's success. An instructor at Francis Tuttle in Oklahoma City says "It's not your Daddy's Vo-Tech!" Today, it is a comprehensive system that significantly contributes to the states' economic development and quality of life. OETA's award winning documentary series Stateline explores vocational training opportunities and looks into the lives of Oklahoma students who say college wasn't a fit for them and so they have chosen a different "Path to a Paycheck."
7:30pm GALLERY #501 -- Billie Letts -- The Oklahoma author rocketed to literary stardom with her first novel, "Where The Heart Is." It was selected by talk show host Oprah Winfrey to be one of her books of the month. The compelling story of a young girl trying to cope with troubles also became a major motion picture starring Ashley Judd. Billie's latest book will be in stores this month. We'll talk to her about her Oklahoma roots and what it takes to become a best selling teller of tales… Etruscan Treasures -- Shawnee's Mabee-Gerrer Museum is hosting a fabulous collection of ancient gold. The collection has NEVER been seen in public anywhere in the world. The jewelry is 25-hundred to 3-thousand years old. How did it end up in Shawnee instead of Paris, London or New York? We'll tell you… Guitar Man -- Oklahoma City's Carol Cox has a way with guitars. He's been playing them and making them for years. The guitars Carol makes aren't just musical instruments they are works of art. We'll show you how Carol turns a chunk of wood into a wooden wonder with strings.
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” – A look at how puppeteer Kevin Clash followed his dream to be a part of Jim Henson's team. This will repeat next Monday (April 9th) at 8pm.