Here’s a shot of Clifford the Big Red Dog (or maybe it’s puppy Clifford) in his doghouse staring forlornly at an empty bowl. It’s a little display set up by, I’m guessing, our Community Engagement Department in one of the hallways here at UNC-TV. It’s cute, most definitely, but it always makes me a little sad. Someone fill his bowl already!
It’s now the Year of the Dog according to Chinese astrology and there have been loads of loyal canine companions on shows UNC-TV has broadcast over the decades. From Wellard on EastEnders to Barkley on Sesame Street, these memorable mutts have dug holes in our hearts and buried bones in our souls (if you’ll forgive the very disturbing and messy metaphor). But which pooches are my personal faves? I thought about it and came up with MY TOP FIVE DOGS from PBS shows and other public television fare we’ve aired here at UNC-TV.
5) MARTHA (Martha Speaks) Wagstaff City’s most vocal canine gained her power of human speech when she was fed alphabet soup and it went to her brain instead of her stomach. Not the most scientific of origins but it’s a dandy comedic premise for a kids show. Continue reading →
Another forgotten piece of PBS history this week, folks. I was digging through some old cassette tapes recently and discovered this promotional sampler for a PBS Kids show called The Puzzle Works. Never heard of it? That’s because the title of the series was changed before it was broadcast in 1995 to The Puzzle Place. Same graphic design – just a different name.
Got this shot of the North Carolina Bookwatch prize wheel sitting in our Community Engagement department. I’ve never seen the wheel in action but I assume it’s one of the many items of interest when UNC-TV is out and about at festivals and fairs and gatherings of all sizes across the state. What are the prizes? Who knows … it’s a mystery to me. But does it really matter? I mean, who doesn’t enjoy spinning a prize wheel?
[Note: I accidentally erased some photos and this one was lost. I’ll trying to replace it as soon as I can.]