Claremore Daily Progress

October 4, 2013

Station to air “UHF,” featured cast members live in-studio

Tom Fink
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE —

RSU Public TV’s “UHF25” celebration continues this weekend, with a special “UHF”-themed pledge drive Saturday night.
Beginning at 7 p.m., RSU Public TV will air the 1989 Weird Al Yankovic movie “UHF,” with several local Tulsa and Tulsa metro cast members and extras from the movie in-studio, answering phones during the pledge drive and recounting their on-set experiences.
“We’re thrilled to be continuing our commemoration of the 25th anniversary of ‘UHF’ this weekend, and we’ve got several surprises in store during the pledge drive — we hope everyone tunes in, enjoys the evening, and makes a pledge,” said Jennifer Sterling, program and membership manager for the station. 
“We’ll be presenting very special and unique ‘thank you’ gifts to some of those who make pledges, everything from copies of the poster —created for the movie’s 25th anniversary, personally selected by Mr. Yankovic himself and designed by a graphic designer at RSU — to concert tickets for the ‘Weird Al’ concert later this month at the Brady Theater in Tulsa.”
Sterling, who will co-host the pledge drive with Holly Wall of This Land Press in Tulsa, said that among the special guests to be interviewed during the live segments are Lisa Stefanic, seen prominently in the movie’s “Wheel of Fish” segment, and former RSU professor Eldon Hallum, credited in the movie’s cast on IMDB as “Spatula Husband.”
Person who miss the opportunity to pledge during Saturday night’s drive will get another opportunity on Sunday, when RSU Public TV airs the “Weird Al” concert movie, “Weird Al: The Alpocalypse Tour” on Sunday night. RSU Public TV also will be airing the promos filmed by Yankovic when he was in Claremore on Sept. 24 to speak to communications students and attend the dedication of a supply closet in honor of him, in reference to a scene from the movie “UHF.”
Sterling said Yankovic’s affection for Tulsa and the Tulsa metro area is long-standing, and his movie is of particular relevance to RSU’s Public TV.
“We’re so grateful to Al for his support of RSU Public TV, and the time he took out of his busy schedule to include us,” she said.
 “As the smallest public television in the United States, we have a special place in our hearts for ‘UHF’ as the themes of being the ‘little guy’ in a big market and doing a lot with a little are ones with which we’re very familiar.
“And of course, just like Channel 62 (in the movie), we depend on our viewers and pledge drives to help us stay on the air,” she said. 
Saturday’s pledge drive will be from 7-9:30 p.m. on Channel 35 (Cox). RSU Public TV is the only full-powered public television station licensed to a public university in Oklahoma, one of six in the nation. 
The station provides educational, cultural and general interest programming to an audience of 1.3 million viewers in northeastern Oklahoma, and the Tulsa metropolitan area. RSU Public TV has earned numerous awards for its original productions, including three Heartland Emmys and 15 Tellys for excellence in local programming. 
For more information, contact Jennifer Sterling, program and membership manager, at (918) 343-7882. or jsterling@rsu.edu.