During most of the year, OETA carries great national programming from PBS and even produces some very good local programming. They carry as much or more high definition programming than the other major networks.
Except once a year when they go on the air to raise money. I understand that they need funding to make contributions toward all the great programming they carry the rest of the year, but during this one two week period the choices they make are just awful.
Tonight, while the rest of country was getting a new broadcast of Great Performances celebrating Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday, OETA is carrying a rerun of Great Performances from last December called “Hitman: David Foster & Friends” and featuring among others Celine Dion.
I’m sure that David Foster has written some great songs for Celine, but here’s what we’re missing from the official PBS press release for the new Pete Seeger episode:
Joining Seeger for this extraordinary concert event were more than 40 artists, including Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Richie Havens, Roger McGuinn, Ani DiFranco, Taj Mahal, Ben Harper, Dave Matthews, and many others who performed songs inspired by Seeger.
They will be airing the Pete Seeger special on August 7th, but there’s no guarantee it’ll be in HD. And between now then they’ll be finding the worst programming in their archives to fill the time. As an example, the Bruce Springsteen concert they have scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. will be on OETA OKLA, their dedicated SD channel while Lawrence Welk will be on their regular HD channel.
Maybe I’m getting old, but if OETA wants people under 70 to donate money, they should find some programming performed by people under 70.