July 20--"Weird Al" Yankovic will return to Oklahoma this October to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie "UHF," which starred Yankovic and was filmed in Tulsa in 1988.
Rogers State University's RSU Public TV (KRSC channel 35, cable 109) will host a series of events, including a "UHF"-inspired fund drive on Oct. 5, with local cast members of the film answering the phones, and culminating in a concert by Yankovic and his band Oct. 19 at the Brady Theater.
Tickets for the all-ages concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. July 27. Prices range from $37 to $83.
Jennifer Sterling, program and membership manager for RSU Public TV, said, "We are thrilled to be a part of this celebration and grateful to Al for his generosity to RSU Public TV."
She added that other events in conjunction with the "UHF" anniversary are still being planned, and additional information about those will be forthcoming.
Yankovic is best known for his musical parodies of songs by artists such as Michael Jackson ("Eat It," "Fat"), Madonna ("Like a Surgeon") and James Brown ("Livin' with a Hernia"), as well as his accordion-driven polka medleys. He has sold 12 million records and has earned three Grammy Awards.
"UHF," which Yankovic also co-wrote, tells the story of George Newman, an average unambitious fellow who has trouble holding down a steady job. When his uncle wins a bankrupt UHF TV station in a poker game, George is placed in charge of the station, where his quirky ideas for programming turn the station into a success.
While the film was not a success in theaters, "UHF" quickly developed a cult following when released on home video.
"As the smallest public television in the United States, we have a special place in our hearts for 'UHF,' " Sterling said. "The themes of being the 'little guy' in the market and doing a lot with a little are ones we're very familiar with. And of course, like Channel 62 in the movie, we depend on our viewers and pledge drives to stay on the air."
RSU Public TV is the only full-powered public television station licensed to a public university in Oklahoma and is one of six such stations in the nation. It 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.
James D. Watts Jr 918-581-8478
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