WQED is not only a Pittsburgh original but also a national one, being the first community-supported television station in the United States. It went on the air April 1, 1954, 60 years ago. To celebrate, the station held a party at the Pittsburgh Golf Club. Some 130 guests attended, including Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who was the guest speaker. Happy anniversary, WQED. What do they say about 60 these days? It’s the new something or other, but in WQED’s case it’s the old commitment to quality broadcasting that seems forever young.
IF THERE had been no WQED, there would have been no “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and if not that, there would have been fewer beautiful days. But it all worked out and that means another beautiful day in the neighborhood. The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at St. Vincent College in Latrobe has announced its first Fred Rogers Legacy Award, to be given on May 23. The winner is cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who appeared twice on the famous children’s TV show and became a friend of Fred Rogers. After the awards ceremony, Mr. Ma will offer a solo recital.
PITTSBURGH has gone from having a mayor who was hard to find to having Mayor Bill Peduto, who is seemingly everywhere. Yes, he was at the WQED celebration and Monday night he was at the Warrington Community Recreation Center in Beltzhoover, where people quickly filled all the seats and lined the walls for his first “Mayor’s Night Out.” Mr. Peduto got an earful on community issues, but for anything to happen, a leader must be prepared to listen. Mr. Peduto is doing that and it’s a welcome change in any Pittsburgh neighborhood.