Programming and Events
February 26 - March 2
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m
The Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood 50th anniversary programs start out, fittingly, with children’s programming. Five classic Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood programs will air Monday-Friday starting Feb 26, immediately following the 10:00 broadcast of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Fred Rogers first introduced Daniel Tiger to children in the “Neighborhood of Make Believe.” Now with its own program, Daniel Tiger continues the Neighborhood theme and is a beloved character by children today. These back-to-back episodes reinforce the connection between Mr. Rogers and Daniel Tiger, a Neighborhood shared by multiple generations of children.
Mr. Rogers: It’s You I Like. WQED broadcast of a nationwide PBS special hosted by Michael Keaton. (Michael started out as a stagehand at WQED and worked on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.) The program features memories of the show's most special moments, including Fred with Coco the Gorilla and other classic clips. A variety of celebrities and musical talent, including Winston Marsalis and Tony Bennett, join in to remember and celebrate.
Rebroadcast of Mr. Rogers: It's You I Like
“Be My Neighbor” Program for Pledge Volunteering. This family viewing event features original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood shows, alongside Daniel Tiger shows, that highlight a common theme: Kindness to others. With a mixture of “vintage” and new content, the program makes for a shared experience across generations. Making it even more engaging, families can participate during the program by pledging to volunteer. The excitement builds during the broadcast, as local families call in or go online to sign up for the community-wide day of volunteering on April 21. Participants can select from a variety of community partners such as local libraries, Citiparks, the Children’s Museum, the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, Children’s Hospital, and others.
Mister Rogers Stamp Announcement Event in WQED Pittsburgh's Fred Rogers' Studio
“Be My Neighbor” Day: Community-wide family volunteer day. (See description of “Be My Neighbor” volunteer WQED TV pledge program airing March 6.) Volunteers will be out in force on April 21: An estimated 2,000 or more volunteers will be sprucing up local parks, washing firetrucks, and doing a variety of other community service activities around town. The event will be promoted and celebrated through WQED’s TV, FM, and digital platforms, with ongoing social media updates celebrating volunteers throughout the day. WQED’s “Day of Service” has been a family favorite for several years running, and this year’s “Be My Neighbor Day,” held in partnership with the Fred Rogers Company, is part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Thank You Event. WQED and Fred Rogers Company will invite “Be My Neighbor Day” volunteers to a Thank You party at scenic Highmark Stadium (home of the Riverhounds). The family-oriented event will feature games and entertainment and goodie bags. And perhaps most important of all, for the under-10 set: Children will be able to meet the beloved PBS Kids character Daniel the Tiger.
Late Spring 2018
Cardigan Party. WQED invites the community to wear a cardigan and join in on the anniversary celebrations. The event benefits children’s education, but it’s geared for age 21+ “kids at heart” who grew up with Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Guests can take a walk down memory lane with event programming that will take them back to everyone’s favorite Neighborhood. A portion of ticket prices will support WQED children’s education initiatives. Estimated attendees: 200, with a earlier VIF (“Very Important Friend”) reception for 50. Cardigans & sneakers encouraged! (Stay tuned for more info)