Mister Rogers' Neighborhood 50th Anniversary


Honoring 50 years of Mister Rogers and his legacy on public tv

Detroit Public Television celebrates educational television pioneer Fred Rogers and the 50th anniversary of his classic children’s series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” with on-air and local community events in March.

To further commemorate the occasion, Detroit Public Television will also be airing a week-long event beginning on Monday, February 26 at 9:30-10 a.m. On each day, an episode of animated spinoff series “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” will be paired with the episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” that inspired it.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive

mrn_sweater_drive_2017_color_stacked_50yrs_FINAL.jpg To illustrate Rogers’ message of being a good neighbor, DPTV and Oakland Mall are holding a sweater drive and character meet and greet Friday, March 2, from 4-7 p.m. at the center court in Oakland Mall (412 W. 14 Mile, Troy, MI 48083). Daniel Tiger from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will be on hand to meet and take photos with fans of the show.

Those who can are invited to bring a sweater or other warm clothing to those who can’t afford them and need to keep warm this cold season. Donations will be received and distributed by St. Vincent de Paul.

“The goal of the drive is to help raise awareness that living in a caring community where people’s needs are met begins with each of us,” said DPTV President and CEO Rich Homberg. “We are pleased to work together with Oakland Mall and their partner St. Vincent de Paul to help serve some of our community’s most pressing needs this season.” (This is a suggested quote for Rich.)

As Rogers himself reminded, “All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving a sweater, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors — in our own way, everyone is a giver and a receiver.” Learn More > 

Learn more about the Sweater Drive

“Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like” 

Saturday, March 3, 2018 6:30pm ET

DPTV honors Rogers’ legacy with the on-air tribute “Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like” on WTVS channel 56 March 3 at 6:30 p.m. Narrated by Michael Keaton, the hour and a half long program features celebrity admirers of Rogers including Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Silverman, John Lithgow and Esperanza Spalding discussing how the show inspired them. The special PBS broadcast also features former cast members from the show, as well as musicians Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, plus Rogers’ widow Joanne. Learn More >

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