Public media keeps me informed about what’s going on in my neighborhood, while I’m traveling.
We enjoyed Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in the late 1960s on a black and white screen TV that was given to us. Mister Rogers was a very special time of day for years. It was indeed disappointing when it was no longer available. We enjoy many other programs on public TV.
…but when I do, it will be PBS. I can’t wait to watch shows like Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street. My mommy tells me that she only watched PBS shows growing up and she still watches PBS shows! I won’t watch a lot of TV since I like to play so much (can you tell from my hair?) but at least when I do, it will be quality children’s program. So, I hope that everybody continues to support public media.
Public media deserves to be supported as it offers essential news and information that is not found anywhere else. I also believe that our investment in public media represents an excellent return on taxpayer dollars by helping to ensure an educated and informed electorate, essential qualities in a democracy.
It is a voice not beholden to corporate or political interests but funded by the American people. It is a media I can trust and watch/listen with my family.
Public media provides a diverse collection of cultural programs not available anywhere else on the commercial spectrum. Reporting and analysis of current events from foreign and independent sources can also be found. All of this is available without a specific price tag. What a valuable contribution to contemporary communications and what a gaping hole if it were taken away.
I am a child of PBS. My parents and grandparents were big advocates of the NYC, Channel THIRTEEN, as I was growing up. And the wide range of programs that I was exposed to brought the world and its wide range of people, philosophies and history into my home. The first shows I watched were the children’s shows: ZOOM, Electric Company, Sesame Street and of COURSE Mister Rogers! We learned simple life lessons from all of these shows, not just our alphabet & numbers. Going beyond that, the exposure to music, ALL the sciences, politics & history is invaluable in learning about my part and place in the world, how the world is what it is, and the responsibility we each have to our local, regional and global communities. It’s like an all-access Pass to the world!
Mr. Rogers encouraged all of us to be the best that we can be and so does PBS!
Iowa Public Television not only has excellent broadcast programs, but they do a lot of educational outreach in Iowa Communities. The Outreach team goes out weekly to train teachers on PBS classroom resources — lesson plans and media assets available for free. The Ready for School team goes out to twenty-five new low income communities each year in order to provide support and resources to bolster reading and math skills in young children aged 2 through 8.
I was a VISTA with Iowa Public Television and so got to see the results of their impact on communities as I was a primary investigator for the evaluations of their Ready for School program. Also, I was one of the authors of the Math Adventures: A Math Engagement Program, a mentorship program for grades K-2nd grade. The resources that Iowa Public Television offers couldn’t happen without the funding from the State of Iowa and from the federal government.
It had always been a dream to work with IPTV since I grew up watching it as a kid. It was where we got our news and learned about new topics through their educational programming. Having had the chance to work there for a year, I can say that it definitely has a positive impact on communities. We need our public media.
Mr. Rogers was the first children’s television host to treat my children with deep respect. He addressed their joys and their anger, their delights and their fears. He never talked down to them.
Public television continues to brings its viewers of all ages information and enlightenment, addressing us with integrity and respect.
Thank you, PBS. You are the best guest in my home.