Reading Rainbow Goes Off the Air After 26 Years

Another day, another farewell to a long-running show.

Although new episodes haven’t been produced since 2006, repeats of Reading Rainbow continued to be broadcast on PBS stations across the country. The final repeat was shown yesterday (Friday, August 28th, 2009). The series, hosted by LeVar Burton, premiered on June 6th, 1983. According to this NPR article, the cost of renewing broadcast rights for repeats was simply too high for originating station WNED (in Buffalo), PBS or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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2 Replies to “Reading Rainbow Goes Off the Air After 26 Years”

  1. It’s sad to see something that was good and helpful for kids to watch is leaving the airwaves while all these shows that are akin to junk food remains on the air

  2. This is how terrible the economy is- especially for public television. First “READING RAINBOW”…the revival of “THE ELECTRIC COMPANY” next?

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