Here’s an old notepad branded with the Newshour logo. The show is now called PBS Newshour but it’s had other names in its long life. This pad is from the days of The Newshour With Jim Lehrer (after Robert MacNeil retired and the title The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour was eschewed for a more accurate moniker). I’ve no idea where the pad itself originated – probably some PBS conference back in the day. I happened upon it when a colleague retired. Chances are, someone else will inherit it when I leave these hallowed halls.
UNC-TV has always been educational in nature and mission. As such, schools have used our programs in classrooms for decades and many shows have been produced primarily for such in-class instruction. Put together over sixty years ago, this booklet was created to help teachers utilize the educational programs broadcast on then WUNC.
You may recognize this guy from the hit PBS Kids show WILD KRATTS. Yep, it’s Chris Kratt – or is that Martin Kratt? No, I think it’s Chris. I going with Chris. Anyway, It’s Chris Kratt in animated form. To be precise, it’s a representation of the animated Chris Kratt in 2D cut out form. This stand-up figure is used at local kids events, Rootle celebrations, Read-A-Roo Block Parties and the like. I snapped this particular pic after the Rootle gang returned from the State Fair.
Looking through a cache of old photos I discovered a while back, I found a folder of publicity stills used to promote the children’s series LAMB CHOP’S PLAY-ALONG. The show, which ran for four seasons from 1992 to 1995, featured puppeteer Shari Lewis and her beloved creations – sassy Lamb Chop, shy Hush Puppy and goofball Charlie Horse. The program was designed to get kids up and moving and not simply be couch potatoes.
Here are a few photos PBS sent out to help sell the series…
As I’ve said before, we love t-shirts here in public broadcasting. They make great swag. Here’s one I believe someone brought me from a PBS conference.
The 24/7 PBS Kids launched a few years back so my guess is this shirt was a giveaway to promote said service (UNC-TV’s Rootle now consists of the PBS Kids channel combined with our weekend Read-A-Roo Block Party).
Spend any amount of time within the halls of UNC-TV and you’ll spy promotional posters for programs past and present, national and local. Here’s one for the old UNC-TV original series LAP QUILTING WITH GEORGIA BONESTEEL. You may remember the show, which started in 1979 and ran for twelve seasons. It’s been a popular how-to program both statewide and nationally. [Fun fact: LAP QUILTING was one of the shows I worked on as a student intern.]
Hope you had a chance to make it out to the North Carolina State Fair and visit the UNC-TV pavilion, where staff and volunteers were on hand to meet and greet as well as hand out some freebies. There were, of course, activities for the kids and, after the Rootle staff returned home, I noticed these Daniel Tiger cut out masks atop their supplies. Perhaps you have a child who got one of their own.