OETA began its 25th year of "Festival" programming March 6. The "Festival '99" specials will continue through March 21.
A centerpiece of this year's programming is "The Oklahoma I Remember." It airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday with repeats at 8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. March 14; 9 p.m. March 18; and 2 p.m. March 20.
"The Oklahoma I Remember" was produced by OETA and takes a nostalgic look at Oklahoma in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Oklahoma author Michael Wallis hosts the show and provides colorful commentary about motels, gasoline stations and tourist attractions along Oklahoma's portion of "The Mother Road," Route 66.
Bob Allen, recently retired executive director of OETA, said of the program: "It was in production for almost two years. Our staff traveled across the state to talk with Oklahomans about exciting places they remembered from their childhoods; places like Union Station in Tulsa, Doe Doe Park in Lawton, the Big Dipper rollercoaster at Springlake Amusement Park in Oklahoma City, riding the streetcar from Sand Springs to Tulsa, and going to the local drive-in movies.
There are some great music specials during "Festival '99." "Bee Gees: One Night Only" features Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musicians the Bee Gees performing their most popular singles from the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s, plus songs from their recent CD, Still Waters. It airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
"John Tesh: One World" airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday. In collaboration with local musicians and native performers, Tesh brings an adventurous, eclectic performance that goes to the spirit and heart of a variety of musical styles - from American Indian to Irish, Spanish to Italian, classical to pop. "Miss Patti Page: The Singing Rage" airs Saturday at 9 p.m.