Dick Pryor
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After a quarter of a century in public media, the deputy director and editor-in-chief of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority announced Monday he's moving on to a new career.

Since 1990, Dick Pryor has hosted OETA's Oklahoma Forum, the Oklahoma News Report, and the network's live election coverage.

The 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck near Prague, Okla., in November 2011 mortally wounded two century-old towers at St. Gregory’s University — a small catholic university and monastery that has become one of the most visible illustrations of Oklahoma’s earthquake surge. 

The shaking occurred nearly four years ago, but the university and monastery are still struggling with physical and financial damage.

OETA Considers Tower Deconstruction An Opportunity

Aug 29, 2014
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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.”


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.

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.

OETA Constitution Day Special

Sep 23, 2013

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.


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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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.

Big Bird Lives On In Oklahoma

Mar 14, 2013

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.