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OETA is Oklahoma's PBS affiliate. Its name stands for Oklahoma Educational Television Authority.

1st Logo (1970's-1980's?)

Logo: Just an on-screen text consisting of the dark red word "OETA" and the channel numbers in blue, with their respective cities and call names next to them.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extinct.

2nd Logo (1987-1998)

Logo: On a black/gray gradient background, we see "OKLAHOMA" and "NETWORK", both in silver, zoom out tilted and tilt into its correct angle. We also see a red outline of the map of the United States, "An OETA Production" wipes in and we see the outline flash where Oklahoma is located, revealing the map shape in red. It flashes one more time.

Trivia: This logo was designed by Grekel Productions.

FX/SFX: The zooming and light effects. Standard animation for the time.

Music/Sounds: A jazz fanfare with a whoosh.

Availability: Seen on old prints of The Lawrence Welk Show and on seven Welk-related specials, beginning with A Champagne Toast to the Big Bands and ending with To America with Love. OETA continually updated the masters of its prints of various episodes of The Lawrence Welk Show over the course of the nearly 35-year history of its rebroadcasting the series to various public television stations, so your best bet for this logo is to check old blank VHS tapes.

Legacy: This logo is just dated, especially by the late 90s.

3rd Logo (1998-)

Logo: On a gray background with a light passing over it, we see "OETA", with a gold outline, zoom out very slowly. "THE OKLAHOMA NETWORK" zooms out rapidly below "OETA".

FX/SFX: The zooming.

Music/Sounds: A piano tune with bells. Usually when used at the end, the closing theme. It may also use the opening theme when used at the beginning.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • The Lawrence Welk Show had the following play:
    • Opening: A flute and brass fanfare followed by a clicking sound.
    • Closing: Just the clicking sound.
  • There is also a silent variation.

Availability: Currently seen on reruns of The Lawrence Welk Show on PBS stations. It can also be seen on Welk-related specials produced between 1999 (Lawrence Welk’s Songs of Faith) and 2007 (Lawrence Welk's TV Treasures).

4th Logo (2009-present)

Logo: On a black background, a light is seen shining with a close-up of the OETA logo at an angle. It starts to zoom out and turn as "THE OKLAHOMA NETWORK", now in Copperplate Gothic and in gold, zoom out spread apart before coming in and resting below the logo. It all zooms out as "IN HIGH DEFINITION" appears below and compresses in as the light moves to the right side of the screen.

FX/SFX: The logo turning and zooming out, the light.

Music/Sounds: Same as before.

Availability: Currently seen on Rick Steves: On The Record. Also seen on the Lawrence Welk Show-related specials Welk Stars Through The Years and Lawrence Welk's Big Band Splash. Most recently appeared on the 2020 TV special The Lennon Sisters,Same Song Separate Voices

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