I've shared often over the years my respect for everything Fred Rogers represented, both to our city and to the world. As one of countless kids he helped raise in his own inimitable way, I feel like I'd be just as appreciative of that even if he hadn't been one of our own.
But he was. Through and through.
So when Lilli Mosco, VP of development at WQED, reached out a little while back to see if we'd want to partake in part of that venerable institution's annual membership drive, we immediately said yes. And when she went further and asked if we'd donate free one-year subscriptions to city newcomers as part of a WQED welcome kit, we immediately said yes. And when she went completely over the top and asked if I'd be willing to record a show with the legendary Rick Sebak ... yeah, that one got more than a yes.
We went ahead and recorded 'Purely Pittsburgh,' a half-hour program that, in WQED-style, mixes some classic Sebak footage with us talking about the city, its passion for sports and, of course, the drive itself.