As you may have gathered, I’m a big fan of Wishbone – the little dog with the big imagination. It was a cool show with a great premise (bring classic books to a young audience) and an ultra-cute canine star. So you can understand my surprise to stumble upon this promotional Wishbone stand-up in a co-worker’s cubicle.
The display probably dates back to the early days of the show (mid-90s) but I’ve no idea as to its actual origins. I could ask but I don’t want to tip my hand if the cardboard doggie happens to go walkies.
What Neighborhood of Make-Believe character came from Planet Purple? Continue reading
Who is this I spy in the UNC-TV lobby? It’s none other than PBS Kids star Arthur – or at least a reasonable facsimile.
One of the many cool things about working for a public broadcasting station like UNC-TV is that you never know what fun toys you might see placed about in various forms and scenes around the building. The bespectacled aardvark above was part of a Trolley display (along with Curious George) that graced our lobby and welcomed visitors for a few weeks. Continue reading
What’s the next big thing for PBS Kids? It could be a little bit pink and it could be a little bit terrific.
Pinkalicious & Peterrific is a new animated PBS Kids program set to debut in early 2018 and designed to get children to explore the arts and spark creativity.
Produced by WGBH Boston and based on the HarperCollins Pinkalicious book series, the upcoming kids show will encourage children to engage in the creative arts and self-expression, covering areas such as music, dance and visual arts.
Check out this sneak preview:
Pretty catchy, eh?
Pinkalicious & Peterrific premieres February 19, 2018.
“Oh, look. It’s Mr. Noodle’s brother, Mr. Noodle.” – Elmo (Kevin Clash), Sesame Street
If you’re a fan of Fred Rogers (and if you’re not, what on Earth is wrong with you?!) you’ll be pleased to know that an amazing bit of public broadcasting history is being presented online.
Amazon-owned video service Twitch is currently hosting a free, 18-day marathon of every episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. (The event started yesterday – sorry for the late notice but there’s still time to catch most of it.)
That’s right – all 886 episodes of the venerable kids show and public broadcasting staple. That’s every Speedy Delivery, every trip to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and every moment of unconditional love. The live-streaming block will feature many episodes that have only aired once and also encourage donations to your local PBS station.
Check out the memories at https://www.twitch.tv/misterrogers and relive the entirety of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
I’m sure you know this welcoming duo. It’s Bob and Wendy from the most recent Bob the Builder series. These handyfolk normally hang out in our Community Engagement Suite and no doubt make appearances at public events. So if you’re out and about and see UNC-TV at a county fair or kids event, please stop by and see if Bob and Wendy are there.