Oklahoma Centennial Programming

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Throughout Oklahoma’s 100th year, OETA tailored many of its programming and services to the Cen- tennial. From original productions, to re-broad- casts of local favorites, OETA ensured Oklahomans across the state could participate in the celebra- tion and learn more about the rich history of our great state.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art's hosted an eight-week summer series of films exploring how Oklahoma has been portrayed in the movies, ending with a panel discussion on August 29, 2007. The lineup included Cimarron, The Grapes of Wrath, Oklahoma! and Tulsa. 

Oklahoma Centennial

Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular

An unprecedented gathering of Oklahoma’s most famous sons and daughters, the “Celebration of a Century” features performances from native Oklahomans including country music icons Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Toby Keith, plus rock legends The Flaming Lips, Stillwater’s own All-American Rejects, Jimmy Webb, Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara, Blake Shelton, Patti Page and opera singer Leona Mitchell.

The star-studded tribute also included appearances by Shirley Jones, five Miss Americas — Jennifer Berry Gooden, Shawntel Smith Wuerch, Susan Powell, Jane Jayroe-Gamble and Lauren Nelson — Amy Grant, comedian Argus Hamilton, Willard Scott, Johnny Bench, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Barry Switzer and many more. The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Canterbury Choral Society and the American Spirit Dance Company also joined in the celebration of Oklahoma’s 100th birthday.

Oklahoma Centennial Parade

Centennial ParadeOETA also broadcast live the Oklahoma Centennial Parade in Oklahoma City on Sunday October 14, 2007. The parade theme was "Oklahoma - A Unique History…An Extraordinary Future."

With floats, giant helium-filled balloons, celebrities and marching bands, The Oklahoma Centennial Parade

From the very beginning, OETA production staff was intimately involved in the planning, execution and broadcast of the Oklahoma Centennial Parade and the Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular, which achieved the highest rating OETA has ever received and continues to receive high ratings on OETA and its digital OKLA channel, ensuring all Oklahomans have the opportunity to enjoy Oklahoma’s birthday party.

Centennial Parade efforts included everything from managing the TV production and providing a satellite feed and footage of the parade to media outlets across the state, to fol- lowing the script and parade plan and broadcasting the event live statewide on OETA and online at www.oeta.tv. Additional backstage management involved organizing security person- nel and setting up a craft services tent to feed hungry crew members. OETA production crews worked day and night during the parade weekend to ensure a successful event and so that OETA viewers statewide could enjoy the festivities.


oklahoma_rising_vince_gill Oklahoma Rising, featured all-star performances celebrating Oklahoma’s Centennial, plus a special presentation of “Oklahoma Rising.” Taped at Oklahoma City’s Civic Center Music Hall, the show included native Oklahomans Vince Gill, Sandi Patty and Jimmy Webb, plus the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, Ambassador’s Concert Choir, Canterbury Choral Society and Bill Miller.

They came from all over Oklahoma to audition, bringing their hope, their talent and their instruments. In April of 2006, nearly 400 high school band students from around the state auditioned for Oklahoma’s All-Star Centennial Band — with only 150 making the cut. They are the best of the best, made even better by world class music and live performance directors. Millions around the globe watched them perform the opening ceremonies for the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade — the only high school band to enjoy such an honor.

OETA’s Gallery crew followed the All Star Centennial Band, a talented group of young Oklahomans from the very beginning: through the first audition all the way to their trium- phant march down Colorado Boule- vard in Pasadena, Calif.

Stateline OETA's documentary series Stateline featured stories throughout the centennial year focused on Oklahoma history. including stories on the first military presence in the state, the history of the Governor's Mansion, Buffalo Soldiers, Oklahoma's outlaw past, the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, natural resources, the state's economic impact and more.
Centennial Stories Logo OETA now has more than 65 Centennial Stories available for viewing online at Google Video. Subjects include Jim Thorpe, Braniff Airlines, the BC Clark Jingle, the 45th Infantry Division, the Chisolm Trail, Geronimo, Baptist Children's Home, Wiley Post, the WWII bombing of Boise City, the first tornado forecast, Oklahoma's first schoolhouse, Carl Albert, the state's record of governor impeachments, Oklahoma's first radio station, the "Orphan Train," and more.

The Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular