Year of Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, the Nine Network has designated 2018 the “Year of Mister Rogers.” Consult this page for special events, tie-ins and announcements.

February 19

The pioneering PBS series premiered nationally 50 years ago this past February and became an iconic and enduring landmark in the world of children’s television and beyond.


nineMagazine featured a cover story on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The program debuted in 1968; almost 900 episodes were produced by the time the show ended in August 2001.

March 23

We celebrated what would have been Fred Rogers’ 90th birthday (March 20) with a staff party and the unveiling of the Mister Rogers' United States Postal Service forever stamp. St. Louis Postmaster Cathy Vaughn joined us for the unveiling.

May 1

It has been 47 years since Fred Rogers went to Washington, DC, to address members of Congress on the need to support national public television. His moving speech to the U.S. Senate is credited with saving CPB funding and it can still be found online

June 9

An encore presentation of the March special Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like will air Saturday, June 9, at 3:30 p.m. The star-studded special features interviews with cast members from the groundbreaking series and numerous celebrities who have been influenced and inspired by Fred Rogers. Michael Keaton, who worked as a stagehand and made appearances on the series in the 1970s, hosts the special.

June 15

The documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor opens in select St. Louis theaters. From Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), the documentary explores Rogers’ message of love and compassion and provides an intimate look at the man behind the cardigan. The documentary will air on Nine PBS in early 2019.

August 25

Join us for a trolley ride and photos with Daniel at Daniel Tiger Day at the St. Charles Arts and Literary Festival.

September 29

The theme of our September Storytime in the Commons is “Be My Neighbor,” featuring Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat.

Follow the Nine Network on Facebook and Instagram for #WednesdayWisdom, a selection of Fred Rogers’ quotes of encouragement.