Children's Corner, The


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Fred Rogers began his television career at NBC but joined the founding staff of America's first community-supported television station, WQED in Pittsburgh, as a program director in 1953. His priority was to schedule a children's program; however, when no one came forward to produce it, Rogers assumed the task and in April 1954, launched The Children's Corner. He collaborated with on-screen hostess Josie Carey on both the scripts and music to produce a show that received immediate acclaim, winning the 1955 Sylvania Award for the best locally produced children's program in the country. Rogers and Carey also created a separate show with similar material for NBC network distribution on Saturday mornings. With only a meager budget their public television show was not a slick production, but Rogers did not view this as a detriment. He wanted children to think that they could make their own puppets, no matter how simple, and create their own fantasies. The important element was to create the friendly, warm atmosphere in the interactions of Josie and the puppets (many of whom are still a part of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), which has become the hallmark of the program.

 

Highlights
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 collaborating on the songs for The Children's Corner with Fred Rogers, and on their working relationship
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 hosting Josie's Storyland and The Children's Corner at the same time for two years
Josie Carey on the audience she and Fred Rogers were playing to on The Children's Corner
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Josie Carey

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Josie Carey on hosting The Children's Corner
Josie Carey on hosting The Children's Corner (continued)
Josie Carey on hosting The Children's Corner (continued)
Josie Carey on a typical production day hosting The Children's Corner with Fred Rogers, and on the letters they'd get

Fred Rogers

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Fred Rogers on his WQED show The Children's Corner starring Josie Carey and featuring the puppet "King Friday XIII"
Fred Rogers on his WQED show The Children's Corner starring Josie Carey and featuring the puppet "King Friday XIII"
Fred Rogers on his duties as a programmer at WQED while he was also working on The Children's Corner, and on the challenges of live television
Fred Rogers on Josie Carey, the host of The Children's Corner
Fred Rogers on composing songs with Josie Carey, host of The Children's Corner
Fred Rogers on the format of The Children's Corner
Fred Rogers on the puppets of The Children's Corner including "Daniel Tiger," "King Friday XIII," and "Lady Elaine Fairchild"
Fred Rogers on the set of The Children's Corner and on Ernie Coombs
Fred Rogers on the educational aspects of The Children's Corner and on specific segments of the show
Fred Rogers on The Children's Corner moving over to NBC
Fred Rogers on the end of The Children's Corner and on parting ways with Josie Carey
Fred Rogers on his favorite memories of The Children's Corner

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