Sing, Sing A Song!

We all love something and for this trio of Sesame Street Muppets what they love is pigeons, cookies and trash. So much so that they felt the need to sing about it. Hey, who can blame them?

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Spinney Tapped

The news from Sesame Workshop today is that Caroll Spinney is retiring from nearly 50 years with the beloved children’s show SESAME STREET. Spinney has been with SESAME STREET since 1969 and he’s been the voice and lead puppeteer of both Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird since the series’ premiere.

According to a press release from Sesame Workshop, the 84-year-old puppeteer said, “Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul. And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come.”

Certainly, retirement after a long and successful career is to be expected but Spinney leaves some very big feet shoes to be filled. Here’s wishing him the best!

The Fresh Prince Of … Sesame Street?

If you’ve ever wondered how Bert met Ernie, wonder no more. The perennial pals of PBS’ preparatory property lay it out for you in this Fresh Prince of Bel Air parody. Yo, homes, smell ya later!

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I’m very excited. I recently unearthed a cache of archival photos from the station’s 60+ year history. Many of these go back long before my time and I cannot even be certain who or what is pictured. Still, they are extremely interesting and a snapshot of UNC-TV during its early, formative years.

This week’s photo: a shot of an Open House held in 1983 at our Raleigh studios. Way back in the day, UNC-TV (at that time the UNC Center for Public Television) was spread out across the Triangle in various locations (NC State, UNC-CH, Chatham County). In 1989, all forces were assembled in the RTP in the then newly-constructed Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Communications Center, where we reside today.

openhouse

I think you’ll recognize some familiar faces from our programming perched atop the Raleigh studios. If you happened to visit this Open House in the early 80s, drop me a line and let me know (I was but a viewer at the time).

Crazy Litter Thing Called Love

Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a tale of true love from Sesame Street. If you thought Susan and Gordon were the Street’s oldest couple, you forgot about the resident Grouch and his particular sweetie. Yes, Oscar the Grouch loves trash. And he’ll sing about it at the drop of an old, worn-out hat.