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Posts Tagged ‘Reading Rainbow’

Reading Rainbow Celebrates Thirty Years

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Back on June 6, 1983, Tight Times, the first episode of LeVar Burton‘s Reading Rainbow aired.

The series went on for twenty-one seasons, wrapping up in 2006, but has found new life online via the Reading Rainbow App.

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Burton Visits White House

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton visitied the White House Briefing Room yesterday.

The actor was there to interview Press Secretary Jay Carney for a segment to be used on a Reading Rainbow app.

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Burton: Reading Rainbow App

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Reading Rainbow may have fallen victim to a lack of money and a change in attitude regarding educational television programming, but former host LeVar Burton had found a way to bring it back for a new generation.

Burton believes that today’s children are in need of encouragement when it comes to reading. “There is a brand new generation of kids who could definitely use the kind of spark and inspiration Reading Rainbow provided where actually becoming a reader is concerned,” he said. “As far as I can tell, reading will never go out of style, and neither will good old fashioned storytelling.”

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Burton: Twitter Readers To The Rescue

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

When LeVar Burton couldn’t get a Twitter cybersquatter to release the Reading Rainbow name, he marshaled his Twitter followers to help him get the deed done.

Burton wanted to register the @readingrainbow handle at Twitter, but he found out that the name was already taken.

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No Pot of Gold At The End Of Burton’s Reading Rainbow

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The Emmy-winning Reading Rainbow is coming to an end, due to a shift in the philosophy of educational television.

Friday marks the end of the twenty-six-year run of Reading Rainbow, hosted by Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton.

John Grant, who is in charge of content at WNED Buffalo, Reading Rainbow‘s home station, explained the reasoning behind the cancellation of the popular show. No one, explained Grant, not the station, not PBS, not the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will make available the several hundred thousand dollars needed to renew the show’s broadcasting rights.

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