Bringing Wisconsin Public Television’s delightful mix of programming together takes a lot more work than most of us realize. Beyond PBS itself, WPT previews and purchases programs from American Public Television, the BBC, our own local production teams and multiple other independent sources.
In our latest installment of What We Watch, we chat with Garry Denny, WPT’s director of programming. A member of our staff since 1986, he’s the one who brings it all together: acquisition, scheduling and delivery of programming services on WPT’s six-station network.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” – An important quote from Fred Rogers on a day like today when the news is filled with tragic video and images.
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.