General Manager's Message

Generally Speaking...


It’s hard to believe, but this month marks the 5 year anniversary of Ozarks Public Television’s conversion to digital-only broadcasting.  The conversion was no easy undertaking – for stations or viewers – but has brought about some lasting advantages.  One of these is the ability of stations to provide multicast channels.  OPT CREATE is one of OPT’s two multicast channels, and has become a mainstay in many homes around the Ozarks.  If you’ve not experienced OPT CREATE, you’re missing out! 

OPT CREATE is a dynamic service filled with some of public television’s best lifestyle programs.  From cooking to crafting, from travel to home improvement – OPT CREATE has something for everyone.  And, the best part is that you can receive OPT CREATE over-the-air, without a subscription to cable or satellite.  If you do have cable or satellite, however, you may have to request that your carrier add OPT CREATE to their lineup.  

Don’t miss the 2nd annual Color Me Rad 5K for OPT Kids on April 12.  As I’ve mentioned here before, OPT spends a really significant sum – around half a million dollars each year – to acquire and broadcast quality programming for our youngest viewers.  The Color Me Rad 5K for OPT Kids is a wonderful way to support that effort, while having a great (and colorful!) time.  Visit for more information and to register as a runner or a volunteer.  And thanks, for all you do to support OPT. 


Arlen Diamond

Tammy Wiley
General Manager