Josie Carey

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In her over three-hour Archive interview, TV host Josie Carey (1930-2004) discusses how she began her television career as an associate producer on KDKA in Pittsburgh before joining Pittsburgh's new public television station WQED where she hosted The Children's Corner, produced by Fred Rogers. Carey talks about how concepts, songs and puppets originally created on The Children's Corner became cornerstones of Rogers' Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Carey talks about moving to South Carolina, where she created and hosted the children's program Whee!. She details her feelings about the then-current state of children's television, and concludes by discussing career highlights and regrets. Karen Herman conducted the interview on July 23, 1999 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"People will come up and they'll say how much they enjoyed watching me and how they grew up with me. A lady will be eighty-years-old and she'll say, 'I used to watch you when I was a little girl.' I want to say, 'Honey, they didn't have television when you were a little girl!'"

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Highlights
Josie Carey on collaborating on the songs for The Children's Corner with Fred Rogers, and on their working relationship01:45
Josie Carey on Fred Rogers' puppets on The Children's Corner, and on the other characters on the show
Josie Carey on guests who appeared on The Children's Corner, including Johnny Carson and Charles Schulz
Josie Carey on her favorite moments of The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on her work on the local South Carolina children's show Wheee!
Josie Carey on the legacy of Fred Rogers
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early years and influences; on the impact of World War II on her family growing up; on working on her first television show, Ask the Girls, a local women's service show in Pittsburgh
On the hosts of Ask the Girls, including her mentor Florence Sando; on the format and segments of Ask the Girls; on her title and duties on Ask the Girls
On her earliest memories of television; on being hired by WQED before the station went on the air

Chapter 2

On the creation of Pittsburgh public station KQED, and on meeting Fred Rogers; on going on the air with The Children's Corner, and hosting the show with Fred Rogers doing characters; on the audience she and Fred Rogers were playing to on The Children's Corner
on working on the cameras on The Children's Corner, and on the logistics of the show with Fred Rogers; on guests who appeared on The Children's Corner, including Johnny Carson and Charles M. Schulz; on a typical production day hosting The Children's Corner and on the creation of "Daniel Tiger"

Chapter 3

On Fred Rogers' puppets on The Children's Corner, and on the other characters on the show; on the hosting NBC version of The Children's Corner featuring Fred Rogers; on the differences between the WQED version of the show and the NBC version
On her dealings with NBC when The Children's Corner aired on the network; on collaborating with Fred Rogers on writing songs for The Children's Corner; on hosting Josie's Storyland and The Children's Corner at the same time for two years

Chapter 4

On the religious elements of The Children's Corner; on collaborating on the songs for The Children's Corner with Fred Rogers, and on their working relationship; on how Fred Rogers evolved from The Children's Corner to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
On presenting a united front to WQED with Fred Rogers; on winning a Sylvania Award for her work on The Children's Corner , and various other awards; on educators' reaction to The Children's Corner, and on Fred Rogers' religion
On the end of The Children's Corner after seven years, and on Fred Rogers going to do a show for the CBC; on her favorite moments of The Children's Corner ; on the cute rivalry between her and Fred Rogers on The Children's Corner

Chapter 5

On the friendly rivalry between her and Fred Rogers on The Children's Corner, and on using things from her childhood on the show; on various other programs on WQED; on her time at KDKA
On the people she worked with at KDKA; on leaving KDKA, and on the changing face of Children's Television; on the then-current state of children's television
On the shows she let her own child watch; on going to do a children's show in South Carolina

Chapter 6

On her work on the local South Carolina children's show Wheee!; on the then-current state of children; on then-current projects
On her greatest challenges; on career regrets
On the legacy of Fred Rogers; on advice to an aspiring children's show host; on how she'd like to be remembered

Chapter 7

On B-roll pictures from her career- her album with Fred Rogers "Around the Children's Corner"; with the cast of Ask the Girl including Florence Sando; with Fred Rogers' puppet "Daniel Tiger"; Fred Rogers' puppet "Lady Elaine Fairchild"; King Friday the 13th Calendar; more of Fred Rogers' puppets; with Fred Rogers; with Fred Rogers and his puppet "Daniel Tiger"; dancing with Fred Rogers; the cast of Funsville on KDKA; on the set of Wheee!
Shows

Children's Corner, The

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Josie Carey on going on the air with The Children's Corner, and hosting the show with Fred Rogers doing characters
Josie Carey on the audience she and Fred Rogers were playing to on The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on working on the cameras on The Children's Corner, and on the logistics of the show with Fred Rogers
Josie Carey on guests who appeared on The Children's Corner, including Johnny Carson and Charles Schulz
Josie Carey on a typical production day hosting The Children's Corner with Fred Rogers, and on the letters they'd get
Josie Carey on the creation of "Daniel Tiger" by Fred Rogers on The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on Fred Rogers' puppets on The Children's Corner, and on the other characters on the show
Josie Carey on how she worked with Fred Rogers' puppets on The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on the hosting NBC version of The Children's Corner featuring Fred Rogers
Josie Carey on the differences between the WQED version of The Children's Corner and the NBC version
Josie Carey on her and Fred Rogers' dealings with NBC when The Children's Corner aired on the network
Josie Carey on collaborating with Fred Rogers on writing songs for The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on hosting Josie's Storyland and The Children's Corner at the same time for two years
Josie Carey on the religious elements she and Fred Rogers brought to The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on collaborating on the songs for The Children's Corner with Fred Rogers, and on their working relationship
Josie Carey on how Fred Rogers evolved from The Children's Corner to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Josie Carey on winning a Sylvania Award for her work on The Children's Corner , and various other awards
Josie Carey on educators' reaction to The Children's Corner, and on Fred Rogers' religion
Josie Carey on the end of The Children's Corner after seven years, and on Fred Rogers going to do a show for the CBC
Josie Carey on she and Fred Rogers signing the rights away to some of their early songs from The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on her favorite moments of The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on the cute rivalry between her and Fred Rogers on The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on the friendly rivalry between her and Fred Rogers on The Children's Corner, and on using things from her childhood on the show

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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Josie Carey on how Fred Rogers evolved from The Children's Corner to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Josie Carey on the legacy of Fred Rogers
Topics

Advice

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Josie Carey on advice to an aspiring children's show host

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Josie Carey on the hosts of Ask the Girls, including her mentor Florence Sando

First Big Break

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Josie Carey on being hired by WQED before the station went on the air

Historic Events and Social Change

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Josie Carey on the impact of World War II on her family growing up

Network Creation

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Josie Carey on being hired by WQED before the station went on the air
Josie Carey on the creation of Pittsburgh public station KQED, and on meeting Fred Rogers

Pivotal Career Moments

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Josie Carey on being hired by WQED before the station went on the air
Josie Carey on the hosts of Ask the Girls, including her mentor Florence Sando

Television Industry

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Josie Carey on being hired by WQED before the station went on the air
Josie Carey on the creation of Pittsburgh public station KQED, and on meeting Fred Rogers
Josie Carey on the then-current state of children's television
Josie Carey on advice to an aspiring children's show host

War

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Josie Carey on the impact of World War II on her family growing up

World War II

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Josie Carey on the impact of World War II on her family growing up
Professions

Children's Show Host

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Josie Carey on advice to an aspiring children's show host

Hosts

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Josie Carey on advice to an aspiring children's show host
Genres

Children's Programming

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Josie Carey on hosting The Children's Corner, with Fred Rogers doing characters
Josie Carey on hosting The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on hosting Josie's Storyland
Josie Carey on hosting The Children's Corner, featuring Fred Rogers
Josie Carey on going to do a children's show in South Carolina
Josie Carey on her work on the local South Carolina children's show Wheee!

Service Shows

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Josie Carey on working on her first television show, Ask the Girls, a local women's service show in Pittsburgh
People

Johnny Carson

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Josie Carey on guests who appeared on The Children's Corner, including Johnny Carson and Charles M. Schulz

Fred Rogers

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Josie Carey on the creation of Pittsburgh public station KQED, and on meeting Fred Rogers
Josie Carey on going on the air with The Children's Corner, and hosting the show with Fred Rogers doing characters
Josie Carey on the audience she and Fred Rogers were playing to on The Children's Corner, and on their on-air personas
Josie Carey on working on the cameras, and on the logistics of the show with Fred Rogers
Josie Carey on a typical production day hosting The Children's Corner and on Fred Rogers' role on the show
Josie Carey on the creation of "Daniel Tiger" by Fred Rogers on The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on Fred Rogers' puppets on The Children's Corner, and on the other characters on the show
Josie Carey on how she worked with Fred Rogers' puppets on The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on the hosting NBC version of The Children's Corner featuring Fred Rogers
Josie Carey on collaborating with Fred Rogers on writing songs for The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on presenting a united front to WQED with Fred Rogers
Josie Carey on collaborating on the songs for The Children's Corner with Fred Rogers, and on their working relationship
Josie Carey on how Fred Rogers evolved from The Children's Corner to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Josie Carey on educators' reaction to The Children's Corner, and on Fred Rogers' religion
Josie Carey on the end of The Children's Corner after seven years, and on Fred Rogers going to do a show for the CBC
Josie Carey on she and Fred Rogers signing the rights away to some of their early songs from The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on the cute rivalry between her and Fred Rogers on The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on the friendly rivalry between her and Fred Rogers on The Children's Corner, and on using things from her
Josie Carey on the legacy of Fred Rogers

Charles M. Schulz

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Josie Carey on guests who appeared on The Children's Corner, including Johnny Carson and Charles M. Schulz

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