03 February 2005

Good news from WHYY

    Da Mayor: Doctor...
    Mookie: C'mon, what. What?
    Da Mayor: Always do the right thing.
    Mookie: That's it?
    Da Mayor: That's it.
    Mookie: I got it, I'm gone.
      -Do the Right Thing
We got this from WHYY yesterday. Hopefully other PBS stations are sending similar letters.
    Dear [...]:

    Thank you for your letter and sharing your concerns about Postcards from Buster. Our President and CEO William J. Marrazzo asked me to respond to you, because he is out of town.

    As you probably know by now, WFIYY will broadcast the “Sugartime” episode of the children’s series Postcards from Buster on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 3:30 PM.

    Postcards from Buster is part of WHYY’s Children’s Service, which aims to promote literacy and provide a safe and trusted learning environment for families.

    “Sugartime” is in keeping with the other Postcards episodes, whose primary focus is on regional and cultural traditions throughout the United States. In the Postcards series, which features the cartoon character Buster, local families are often the backdrop for the stories. “Sugartime” focuses on maple sugaring in Vermont and includes as part of the background children from two families with two mothers.

    The series, which is produced by WGBH in Boston and Cookie Jar Entertainment, Inc. in association with Marc Brown Studios, has two main educational goals: to help kids understand and appreciate the rich and varied cultures that make up the United States, and to support the language skills of elementary school-age children for whom English is a second language.

    The Postcards series has visited young people from many ethnic backgrounds, has explored the role of religion in their lives, and has visited kids living in a variety of settings and cities, suburbs and the country.

    WHYY’s Children’s Service provides parents with the tools they need to help children develop skills to explore the world around them. Using TV, FM, the Web, and community events, WHYY is the one thing a diverse community has in common, connecting each-of us to the world’s richest ideas and all of us to each other.


    Nessa Forman
    Vice President for Corporate Communications


Rob said...

So she got the letter on Thursday February 3rd? After the episode had aired already? Was that an actual letter or an email?


Andrew said...

It was an actual letter. It was clearly the letter they send to everyone. The language is such that they can send the same letter to people who do or do not want the show aired.

Rob said...

Actually I was curious as to the timing - it seems like it arrived after the show aired. Did you get to see the show? I'd love to check it out for myself.


Andrew said...

I think it was sent before the show, but arrived a day after it aired. I am expecting it to be re-run at some point. Usually the show Postcards from Buster on Sundays also.