Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

For some reason tote bags have always been associated with public broadcasting. It’s almost a cliché really. But, true enough, tote bags have been handed out in various forms by PBS stations for decades. I don’t know if the one pictured below was a giveaway or not but it caught my eye recently when I spied it in a meeting room.

It’s a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood bag featuring the Neighborhood Trolley. Might be an obscure premium from a long-forgotten fund drive or a kitschy collectible from PBS Kids past. Regardless, I thought it was a pretty neat discovery.

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Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

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.

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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

Like A Good Neighbor

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.

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Follow the rise of the extremist militia movement that led to the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history. American Experience presents Oklahoma City – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Neil deGrasse Tyson was in the Tar Heel State recently and had a few things to say about scientific illiteracy.

What does it take to keep a million people airborne? Uncover the invisible global networks and complex logistics that make it all possible on City In The Sky. This new, three-part mini-series begins Wednesday at 10pm on UNC-TV.

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss pays tribute to departing Doctor Peter Capaldi.

He’s a rhythm and blues icon whose career has spanned more than 50 years. Celebrate the music of Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Tune in Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

And hear what happened when David Newell (Mr. McFeely) stopped by The Moth Radio Hour. Continue reading