Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Educational Television Authority Sets Viewership Record for Centennial Show

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Educational Television Authority Sets Viewership Record for Centennial Show

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The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority broke the national record for viewers with its broadcast of the state Centennial Spectacular, said OETA Executive Director John McCarroll on Monday.

OETA held a live broadcast of the event, which featured a host of Oklahoma celebrities and was held on Statehood Day, Nov. 16, at the Ford Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The broadcast was viewed by 30 percent of Oklahoma households.

"We set a record across the United States," said McCarroll. The only other program to gain anywhere near as many viewers was a basketball game in Connecticut a few years back that garnered more than 20 percent of that state's viewers, he said.

"We are always the number two or three among public television stations across the United States," said McCarroll, assuring members of the House General Government Subcommittee on Government Modernization that the station has put to good use the funding the state provides.

OETA receives about 60 percent of its funding from private sources, including endowments and viewer donations, but the Legislature provided an appropriation of nearly $8. …

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