Mister Rogers + Auto-Tune = Something Pretty Awesome

Most of us who grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood would agree his show was timeless.

An ordained Presbyterian minister, Fred Rogers represented the best of Pittsburgh…and now, his words and images have been auto-tuned into a melody that is at once both catchy and touching.

And you thought nothing good could come from auto-tune!

There is a little bit of a small…tiny,Y108 connection to Mr. Rogers.

Fifteen years ago, we moved our studios to a temporary facility located on Grandview Avenue on Mt. Washington. You know that huge tower you see when you look toward the West End?

That building.

Years before it was ever owned by our parent, CBS…it was the birthplace of Public Television. Mr. Rogers’ first shows were recorded in that building, in a downstairs studio.

We were only there for a year, when we moved to our current Foster Plaza studios. But when I think of that year at Grandview, I feel like we were walking on hallowed ground, broadcasting from the actual spot where Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood began.

Kudos to John D. Boswell and PBS Digital Studios for remixing the timeless truths of Mister Rogers into something up-to-the-minute. As of this writing, it’s had close to 3,500,000 views.


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