Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA)
Sign-off & High Flight video recorded 19 July 1999

Page modified Sunday, 26 July 2020

The OETA was born on 18 May 1953 when the state of Oklahoma passed legislation to create an statewide educational TV service, the first state in the Union to do so. Its flagship station, KETA-TV Channel 13 in Oklahoma City, commenced operations in April 1956 as Oklahoma's first non-commercial TV facility. Three years later in January 1959, OETA put KOED-TV Channel 11 in Tulsa on the air. Nearly twenty years later OETA launched its two other full-power stations: KOET Channel 3 in Eufaula (December 1977) and KWET Channel 12 in Cheyenne (August 1978). Today, OETA operates fourteen translator and repeater stations as well as the four full-power outlets. Since 1987 OETA's production arm, The Oklahoma Network, distributes The Lawrence Welk Show to other PBS member stations nationwide (a promo for the Welk show leads off in this clip). OETA is one of a few PBS members to produce its own local/regional nightly newscasts, beginning in 1976.

The sign-off segment is over three minutes long, consising of video of Oklahoma City, Tulsa and other views of the state as well as the OETA headquarters. There's a listing of thirty-five microwave units and fifteen translator stations (the one in Frederick was decommissioned in 2011). Following the sign-off is a more recent "High Flight" video tha uses audio from a previous version that KABC-TV in Los Angeles used for many years. The clip concludes with fifteen seconds of color bars.

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