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Happy Birthday, Daniel Tiger! Watch his 1954 TV debut

Happy birthday, Daniel Tiger! Watch our favorite little tiger puppet make his April 5, 1954 TV debut on WQED’s  “The Children’s Corner” in the video below.

According to The Fred Rogers’ Company, “Originally, a bird was supposed to come out of the clock that was drawn on the set wall. The night before, WQED Pittsburgh Station Manager Dorothy Daniel presented Fred Rogers with a tiger puppet as a gift at the program’s launch party. He decided to use the tiger puppet instead of the bird and named the puppet Daniel, after the person who gave him the gift.”

Since then, Daniel’s been helping educate, entertain and comfort generations of children on Wisconsin Public Television and PBS through Mister Rogers Neighborhood and now Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Ugga Mugga, Daniel. We love you!

Of course, Daniel Tiger and Mister Rogers are just part of the strong educational legacy of Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio. Join us all this year as we celebrate landmarks like this from our first 100 years. Explore our history and share your story of how public broadcasting has impacted your life online now at wpt.org/100.

Happy Birthday, Daniel Tiger!

Happy Birthday, Daniel Tiger!
On April 5th, 1954, Daniel Tiger appeared for the first time on the first episode of “The Children’s Corner.” Originally, a bird was supposed to come out of the clock that was drawn on the set wall. The night before, WQED Pittsburgh Station Manager Dorothy Daniel presented Fred Rogers with a tiger puppet as a gift at the program’s launch party. He decided to use the tiger puppet instead of the bird and named the puppet Daniel, after the person who gave him the gift.

Posted by The Fred Rogers Company on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Make PBS KIDS Holiday Programming Your "Special Thing"

One of my earliest memories is sitting on my grandma’s lap watching holiday shows together. It was something we did for many years — long after the time when sitting on my grandma’s lap was cool — but it was our special thing. And as one of 20 grandkids, I cherished those special things whenever I could.

This week, we get the premieres of many PBS KIDS holiday shows. Peg and Cat, Daniel Tiger, and Thomas are off on holiday adventures that you can share with the children in your life. Each show is airing several times, so take a look at the WPT schedule and set aside a half hour or two to put your child on your lap and share a special moment with your favorite PBS KIDS friends.

Here are just a few of the episodes airing over the next week.

In “The Hanukkah Problem,” Albert Einstein teaches Peg and Cat how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel.  When Santa Claus is in trouble in “The Christmas Problem,” Peg and Cat have to figure out how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world and deliver them using 100 sleighs.

On Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Daniel learns that if he takes one step at a time, he can overcome his fear and learn to do new things. He learns to sled and ice skate in “Daniel’s Winter Adventure” and performs The Nutcracker Ballet in “Neighborhood Nutcracker.”

A huge snowfall in Sodor means that Thomas, Connor, and the other engines will have to work together to clear the tracks and get the passengers home in time for Christmas in “Coming Home for Christmas.”

Have a wonderful holiday and don’t forget to take time for the special things.

Let's Do Something Neighborly!

Today would have been the 86th birthday of our favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers. Wisconsin Public Television is proud to carry on his legacy in high-quality, dependable, educational and non-commercial children’s programming – including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood every weekday at 11:30 a.m. on WPT.

In honor of Mister Rogers, let’s all do something neighborly today – and everyday!

Here’s one of my own personal favorite local connections to Fred Rogers – a testimonial about the amazing man from the late Madison resident Jeff Erlanger.

A sneak-peek at the stunning new Fall season on WPT

The Wisconsin Public Television staff just wrapped up what is for my money, the most exciting meeting each year — the fall new program schedule meeting.

Each summer we all get together and hear about all of the great new programs coming to WPT in coming months from our Director of Programming. It is a one-stop shop for excitement and inspiration. Over the course of a couple of hours, we all get to watch advance clips that dazzle our imagination, grip at our heartstrings and make us laugh. It’s basically everything we all love about public television in one fell swoop.

Now, I’d like to share a bit of that with you. Our colleagues at PBS have made it easy by pulling together many of the same clips from the new shows that we saw at our meeting in the playlist below. Simply hit play and you will be introduced to Daniel Tiger, the new children’s educational program from the folks who made Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Watch an early look at Ken Burns’ The Dust Bowl to see footage from the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. Soar with a Snowy Owl, visit Martha Stewart’s kitchen and explore Call the Midwife — the most popular drama ever on the BBC, coming to WPT soon.

Stay tuned to this blog in the coming weeks for more clips from the great local programs and other national fare that will be hitting your TV screens this fall. And, let us know which shows you are excited about in the comments below!