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Station WQED

 
 
Station WQED Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 13, 2011
1. Station WQED Marker
Inscription. Television station, located here, opened April 1954, as first community-sponsored educational television station in America. In 1955 it was the first to telecast classes to elementary schools.
 
Erected 1964 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 26.831′ N, 79° 56.672′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is on Fifth Avenue west of Devonshire Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located at WQED station in the Oakland Section of Pittsburgh. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shadyside Iron Furnace (approx. 0.4 miles away); Victor Herbert (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colonial Place Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Diplodocus carnegii (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jane Holmes (approx. 0.4 miles away); Schenley Park Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Schenley Park (approx. half a mile away); Andrew Carnegie (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Pittsburgh.
 
Regarding Station WQED. Nearby is a Tyrannosaurus Rex statue designed after Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers
Station WQED Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 13, 2011
2. Station WQED Marker
Neighborhood) in his trademark sweater and tennis shoes. Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was filmed at WQED through most of its span.
 
Also see . . .
1. WQED Pittsburgh. (Submitted on March 15, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Station WQED - Behind the Marker. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Station WQED image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 13, 2011
3. Station WQED
Mr. Rogers Tyrannosaurus Rex Statue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 13, 2011
4. Mr. Rogers Tyrannosaurus Rex Statue
Screenshot of Fred Rogers and Josie Carey on The Children's Corner image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1960
5. Screenshot of Fred Rogers and Josie Carey on The Children's Corner
A native of Butler, PA, Josie Carey–born Josephine Vicari–was the host of The Children's Corner, WQED's first children show, from 1954 to 1961. Fred Rogers served as her collaborator, co-song writer, and puppeteer for the next seven years. After spending a few years in Canada, Rogers returned to WQED, where he hosted Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, one of the most successful and beloved children's programs in American television history, from 1968 to 2000. Courtesy of WQED Pittsburgh
WQED Building image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, 1963
6. WQED Building
After acquiring local television station WENS-TV, WQED changes its call letters to WQEX and returned it to the airwaves in 1963 for use as its secondary channel for educational programs. On a chilly Sunday in 1963, more than 5,000 people jammed WQED's Fifth Avenue building to tour the new station. Courtesy of Pittsburgh Post Gazette
WQED test pattern postcard image. Click for full size.
By N/a, 1954
7. WQED test pattern postcard
Unsure of the sharpness of its signal or how far it would carry, WQED mailed this postcard to people who had signed up for a station membership before it began broadcasting on April 1, 1954. It asked them to return it with a brief description of the quality of the station signal on the back. Courtesy of WQED Pittsburgh
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 538 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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