After twenty-six years on PBS, Reading Rainbow ended its run on Friday, August 28th. Hosted by LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Reading Rainbow was the third longest-running children’s show in PBS history, behind only Sesame Street and Mister Rogers. According to WNED in Buffalo NY, Reading Rainbow’s home station, the show is a victim of the recent economic crisis. For those of you feeling nostalgic, here’s a video of the original Reading Rainbow theme song:
To read more about the importance and impact of Reading Rainbow, check out this story on NPR.