From the President

 

Celebrating 50 Years of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

February marks the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. On February 19, 1968 the show premiered on WXXI-TV and on PBS stations across the country. The series changed the landscape of children’s educational television forever as Fred Rogers brought his warm and heartfelt messages to millions of young viewers. The lessons and stories he shared have proven to be timeless – as meaningful and valuable in today’s world as they were in the past.

To start the anniversary celebration WXXI will present a week of back-to-back episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood beginning February 26th. We’ll air special episodes of Daniel Tiger at 9:30 a.m., followed by the episodes of Mister Rogers that inspired them. We invite you to join our celebration by sharing your memories of Fred Rogers on WXXI’s Facebook and Twitter accounts using the hashtag #WXXIandMisterRogers.

More Recent Messages

Exciting news announced at the Television Critics Press Tour

I wanted to share some exciting programming news with you. At the recent Television Critics Press Tour, PBS President Paula Kerger announced that PBS will partner with the BBC and BBC World News in a co-production agreement that will bring 20 hours of new programming to PBS this year.

WXXI Brings a Focus to Arts

One of the long-standing hallmarks of WXXI has been its commitment to arts and culture. From the only all-classical radio station in Rochester to an ongoing national series on the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival to recent documentaries on the Eastman Theatre, Albert Paley, and New Horizons — WXXI is the recognized home for local arts.

Working together with partners like Al Sigl Community of Agencies enables us to bring about positive change in our community

This week we kick off Dialogue on Disability, one of our annual initiatives of which I am most proud. For more than a decade we have partnered with Al Sigl Community of Agencies to provide special programs that spotlight "the abilities of people with disabilities”.  The initiative was designed to encourage dialogue about the vital role inclusion plays in our community.

New Year! New Episodes!

Happy New Year and welcome to a year full of exciting productions and events from WXXI! Along with a new year, we have a number of new programs kicking off this January. You have probably already watched the season premiere of Downton Abbey's 5th Season. The series airs Sundays at 9:00 pm but if you miss any episodes, you can catch up here at PBS.org!