On Friday, April 29, 2016 public media advocates nationwide joined Protect My Public Media in celebrating the 47th anniversary of Fred Rogers’s heartfelt testimony to Congress that saved public media funding. We honored our favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, by hosting a photo contest. Public media supporters snapped selfies in their “Mister Rogers'” style sweaters and shared why public media matters to them on our website, and on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #ItsABeautifulDay.
We received many photos, videos, testimonials and thoughtful expressions of support for Fred Rogers as well as the stations that introduced us to him and many other important public media programs. We even had a few public media personalities join the #ItsABeautifulDay celebration. While we enjoyed every submission we received, here are some of our favorites:
Nathan from Texas Public Radio provides the #ItsABeautifulDay soundtrack.
— Nathan Cone (@TPRCinema) April 29, 2016
PBS NewsHour‘s Judy Woodruff thinks #ItsABeautifulDay to honor Fred Rogers.
Katrina from Carbondale, IL celebrates Fred Rogers and the public broadcasting stations across the country that work every day to strengthen their communities through education and access to information.
This cutie is all sunshine knowing that Fred Rogers went to DC to fight for her local station, Milwaukee Public Television.
Jon from Canton, OH appreciates that public media treats its viewers like people, not consumers. (Do you recognize who he’s hanging out with?)
Representing PBS Hawaii, Liberty says “Shaka” to Fred Rogers’s testimony.
#ItsABeautifulDay in the halls of Congress. Public Broadcasting Caucus Chairman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) wears his support for his local station, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and stations across the country.
Staffers at KQED, Public Media for Northern California, are huge fans of Fred Rogers.
— KQED (@KQED) April 29, 2016