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Save Mr. Rogers

Wee TV: Save Mr. Rogers

You probably still hum the theme song in your head:

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...

Sadly, if PBS has its way, future generations of kids will never have the opportunity to get to know Mr. Rogers and his neighborhood as we did. The public television network recently announced plans to drop Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood from its programming schedule next month, removing the show from its daily syndication lineup and only sending it out for one weekend airing each week. The network says it is doing so to make room for new children's programming.

Though today's tots may be more attracted to the fast-paced, high-tech shows that air on Nickelodeon and Disney, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood stood as a reminder that children need calm and reassuring environments for learning. Mr. Rogers' common refrain, you're “special—just because of who you are,” is rarely communicated as simply. For 33 years he donned his cardigan sweaters and sneakers and spoke slowly and directly to his viewers about reality and make-believe, as well as a variety of other subjects.

The fight is on to save this landmark TV show, and you can join in the campaign by visiting Save Mister Rogers' Neighborhood to learn more about what you can do.

LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
The Lawrence Welk show is my favorite sldc! It is one of the few shows we watch in our house, and my kids start humming the theme music every Saturday morning in anticipation of the show in the evening.
sldc sldc 9 years
I am one of PBS' biggest all time fans. It is nearly the only station I have ever watched. I grew up watching everything from the kid programming to Lawrence Welk and Sit and Be Fit. I fail to understand why PBS is trying to be trendy. Trendy does not equal donations. However, if Mr. Rogers is being discontinued it is probably from lack of donations from loyal viewers. I am bracing myself for when Mr. McLaughlin passes on. He pretty much has one of my dream gigs.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
Terrible news!! Babysugar that is exactly how I would describe Mr. Rogers. He is so calming, it's such an anti-tv show! We sing that song literally daily in my house. Growing up that was the only show we were allowed to watch! You are right about kids being attracted to high-tech, flashy shows too. This is so sad!
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 9 years
i NEVER watched mr. rogers. as a kid i'd get a little annoyed hearing "its a beautiful day in the neighbourhood". i liked mr.dressup :)
verily verily 9 years
That's terrible. Why not have a classic block that puts Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, and Reading Rainbow on together? After watching some of the latest programming with my young cousin, I am amazed at how bad some of it is.
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