One of the neat things about working in a public broadcasting station is that so many people have plush toys of our PBS Kids characters. The folks in our Kids & Education Department have a ton of them. This little guy is everyone’s favorite cultured canine – Wishbone, from the 1990s series of the same name. The bookish barker was a Jack Russell Terrier who brought classic tales to life with an amiable attitude and a well-read wit. Anyone who grew up watching Wishbone’s tails – er, tales will no doubt have fond memories of this adorable doggie.
Another dip into the archives this week as we take a look back at the production of an educational program from the formative days on UNC-TV. There’s not a date on the photograph but it looks to be 1950s, perhaps early 1960s. Sadly, no idea as to the name of the program or the talent involved either. However, I’m pretty certain this was taken inside the original WUNC studios on the UNC campus (the old Swain Hall facilities).
Last summer during an on-air fundraiser, the Malpass Brothers joined us in the studio as we presented Heading Home, a documentary about their music. I spotted this promotional poster in the fundraiser offices a while back.
I caught sight of these projections on floor of our main studio a while back. I’m not sure if they were experimentations or they were used during some project destined for broadcast or what the purpose was exactly. Regardless, these light projections were pretty neat. Check out the UNC-TV logo and our Rootle brand.
Found this little badge in the breakroom a while back. My guess is, if you’ve volunteered for UNC-TV during an on-air fundraiser, you may have received one of these or something like it. We always appreciate our volunteers and try to let them know it whenever we can.
A few years back, PBS started these annual events related to seasonal happenings and such shows are presented live in prime time. BIG BLUE LIVE debuted in 2015 and focused on the annual migration of sea life in Monterey Bay. WILD ALASKA LIVE premiered in 2017 and featured the Kratt Brothers experiencing the wildlife of the Last Frontier. This year, NATURE is presenting the three-night showcase AMERICAN SPRING LIVE. Airing over three nights, AMERICAN SPRING LIVE gives you a front row seat to the season of renewal and rebirth. The standup promotional banner below has been in our lobby for a few weeks now to promote this fantastic live event.
Discovered this little item a while back. It’s a freebie Frisbee (excuse me – flying disc) that was given out as part of the Fit Together campaign (Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC and the NC Health Wellness Trust Fund were sponsors). I’m guessing it was a giveaway at UNC-TV events, like the State Fair and Rootle Block Parties.