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Mr. Rogers goes off the air.

August 5th, 2008 · No Comments · Art, Politics, Rants

PBS has decided to transition the daily program to a single, weekend airing. Fred Rogers passed away a few years ago, but the programs he’d created over the course of a forty year career in broadcasting remained resonant even after he’d officially retired and PBS continued to air repeats daily. It’s hard to imagine kids growing up NOT watching his show, but I suppose it had to happen eventually.

Efforts to “save” the show are understandable, especially since it was Rogers who - in the span of less than 10 minutes of calm, but passionate testimony before what had been a sarcastic and aggressive Congressional committee - effectively delivered educational public television from the jaws of death during the early Nixon years:

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