I, wholeheartedly, support my public media.
Public programming played an important role in my upbringing and education, and I want to make sure future generations have the same access. Living in a small city, I did not have access to a lot of arts and cultural events. PBS gave me access to the world and taught me to dream big for my life.
It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood…
…on April 28, 2016, when eight members of the development staff of WNED | WBFO Buffalo-Toronto donned our cardigan sweaters in honor of Fred Rogers and the 47th anniversary of his appearance before the U.S. Senate in support of public media funding.
WNED | WBFO is a trusted public media resource that enriches its audiences by providing educational, entertaining programming and services, as well as engaging the Western New York and Southern Ontario communities through cultural and civic involvement.
Here at WNED | WBFO, every supporter is appreciated for their commitment to public television and radio, which allows us not only to showcase outstanding programs offered by PBS and NPR, but to expand our offerings on television and radio to include local programs that highlight the stories and issues of importance here at home.
WNED | WBFO has over 50,000 members, and perhaps no other department interacts with our members as widely as the development department. We have firsthand recognition of how valuable public media is to our members.
The WNED | WBFO development group pictured represents a 35-year age spread, yet Fred Rogers’ compassionate testimony in support of federal funding for public media resonates with each of us. Some of the group watched “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” with our children, and some of us watched him as children ourselves. Fred Rogers served as a model for the best possible citizenry.
Here are a few of our memories of Mr. Rogers, his wonderful PBS program and the influence he had on us:
I always watched Mr. Rogers after school; he was so calming after an exciting day.
My family sent Mr. Rogers a birthday card with a letter. In return, we received a gracious response filled with answers to our queries and comments referring to our interests that we expressed in our letter. In today’s world of email, tweets and texts, we all still remember the warmth of his handwritten thank you note.
My brother and I would sing along with him to “It’s a Beautiful Day in This Neighborhood” every time we watched and were so excited to follow Trolley into the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
I remember his calming voice and, of course, his sweater. I always wanted to live in his neighborhood!
With Mr. Rogers, it was always a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
When our neighbor brought her newborn home, the kids and I created a long banner across the porch that read, “Welcome Jacob! It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!”
I am writing to express my strong support for public media, public television, PBS, etc. I feel the public has the right to free public media and television and think the satellite and cable providers are not worth the outrageous expense, or any expense, for that matter. Please keep in place all funding for public media and increase the funding whenever possible. Thank you.
Public television was one of the first things to influence my education and peak my interest in new topics as a child. To this day it is one of the first things I choose when I wish to watch something with quality, learn about new places, cook or bake a new dish, or listen to beautiful music.
Public television changes lives, to this day I can sing the Mr. Rodgers theme song, or remember books I read along with Levar Burton on Reading Rainbow. Please continue to give these opportunities to children and to future generations so that they can have good influences and learning opportunities just like I did.
Friends of Idaho Public Television’s Advocacy Committee donned Fred Rogers’ trademark cardigan sweaters to honor him and recognize the anniversary of his legendary testimony 47 years ago before Congress on May 1st that restored funding for public broadcasting. Pictured are Roy Schiele, Marty Peterson, Ron Pisaneschi, Craig Meadows, and Chair Jerry Evans.
Channel 13/WNET was vital when our son was at a formidable age: Sesame Street; Carmen Sandiego; etc. Now, we love love LOVE public radio: WFUV in NY plays commercial free eclectic music that listeners want to hear-Free from biased news and ads.
THANK GOODNESS for public media!
I support public media because it is education, opportunity and information that everybody has access to!
I remember the first time I learned to spell a word. It was “yes” or “no”, and it was power. I learned it from public television. I was on fire with the thrill of knowing how to spell a word. I knew it was the beginning. The talking heads on Electric Company planted the seeds of phonological awareness. Sesame Street showed me that counting was important enough that I might want to pick a favorite number, or at the very least, dedicate my day to one of them. All the shows brought me friends, and showed me caring, compassionate communities. And there was Mr. Rogers. I still wish every grown up was more like Mr. Rogers. I certainly try to be like him, and there is no doubt he influences my work as a children’s librarian every day. Thank you, Mr. Roger’s for fighting for public television, for me, for my children, for generations to come.
Our kids loved Mr. Rogers. We remember him very affectionately.
The older one [now 47] says he doesn’t own a Mr. Roger’s sweater, but will have to borrow one for this occasion.
Mr. Rogers allowed me time to make dinner.
WNET is the best!