Oklahoma News
10:14 am
Fri August 29, 2014

OETA Considers Tower Deconstruction An Opportunity

The OETA tower scheduled to be demolished later this year.
Credit Mickie Smith / OETA

The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority plans to take advantage of the deconstructing of the tower in their “backyard” by turning it into an “educational opportunity.”

A year and a half ago Griffin Communications announced they would be taking the tower down, a “business decision due to liability issues” according to OETA Executive Director Dan Schiedel.

“They haven’t been on it for a number of years,” said Schiedel. “They’ve actually been off the tower and up the road, where we are at now, for a number of years now.”

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Public Television
4:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

OETA Board Discusses ‘3-5-7’ Scenarios

Credit OETA

The Oklahoma Television Authority Board of Directors discussed options for the ‘3-5-7’ plan and ramifications of loss of state funding during their Tuesday meeting.

The plan, or scenarios as they were referred to in the meeting, is a report requested by the Legislature that projects the impacts of the organization operating without specific amounts of state funding over the course of three, five, or seven years.

The mandate for the report was added by Sen. Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, as an amendment to HB3198.

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9:19 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Inside The State Supreme Court Hearing On Lawsuit Over Oil And Gas Tax Rate

A lawsuit over recently signed legislation that changes state oil and gas tax rates will be heard by the Oklahoma Supreme Court today, a constitutional challenge that could have broad impact on industry and legislative procedure.

I broke down the lawsuit on an Oklahoma News Report segment with OETA’s Dick Pryor, which you can watch above. But there are five things you need to know about today’s hearing, which could hinge on legal subtleties and word interpretations.

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10:59 am
Mon September 23, 2013

OETA Constitution Day Special

September is the month the United States celebrates its Constitution. On this episode of Oklahoma Voices, KGOU airs audio from a Constitution Day special from OETA, the Oklahoma Network.
What does the U.S. Constitution mean in 2013? How has the document changed since 1787? And, how has it directly impacted Oklahoma? Explore the history of the U.S. Constitution and its relevance today with state leaders, including (from L-R): ROBERT HENRY OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT AND FORMER CHIEF JUDGE OF THE 10TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS STATE REPRESENTATIVE T.W.
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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:20 am
Thu July 25, 2013

StateImpact On OETA: Discussing Threats To Oklahoma’s Environment

From left: Dick Pryor and Bob Sands with OETA, StateImpact's Joe Wertz and the Journal Record's Sarah Terry-Cobo.
Credit OETA

StateImpact joined OETA journalists Dick Pryor and Bob Sands and Journal Record energy reporter Sarah Terry-Cobo for an Oklahoma Forum discussion about threats to the state’s air, land and water.

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6:48 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Longtime Broadcaster, OETA Station Manager Bill Thrash Passes Away

OETA station manager William C. "Bill" Thrash died Monday at the age of 73.
Credit Provided / OETA - The Oklahoma Network

Longtime Oklahoma broadcaster and OETA station manager William C. “Bill” Thrash passed away Monday.

Thrash started his career at KTEN in Ada in 1955 while still in high school. An obituary published on OETA’s Facebook page says Thrash began as a camera operator, before becoming the station’s program manager. He graduated from East Central University in 1961, and his alma mater later named its television studio after him.

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State Capitol
12:30 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Big Bird Lives On In Oklahoma

OETA's Dick Pryor with state Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and minority leader Sean Burrage on the set of Oklahoma Forum.
Credit OETA

Members of the state House defeated a measure Thursday that would eventually remove direct appropriations from the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority.

The author of House Bill 2218, Republican Rep. Tom Newell, told members the director of OETA has been working with him on the bill. But House minority leader Scott Inman said the bill was really a poison pill forced on the television network.

The bill would have cut appropriations to OETA until it is eliminated by June 30, 2022.

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