Fred Vigeant is WITF's Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio. Fred manages the schedules for our radio and television platforms. He also analyzes audience research and manages the public affairs program Smart Talk. Previously, Fred was at WRVO in Oswego, NY for 12 years serving in various roles including Program Director and before that Operations Manager. Fred graduated from the State University of New York College at Oswego with a B.A. in Mass Communications and Broadcasting.
The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special broadcasts October 15 on WITF
Designed as a co-viewing experience for children and families, the special will address racism – and model how children can stand up to it. The special will also re-air throughout October and November on WITF and the WITF PBS KIDS 24/7 channel.
The Power of We features Elmo and Abby Cadabby, who are joined by 6-year-old Muppet Gabrielle and her cousin, 8-year-old Tamir, as they learn how to become “upstanders” to unfair treatment based on skin – or fur – color.
Current and former Sesame Street human cast members Alan, Charlie, Chris, and Gordon take part in the special alongside celebrity and musical guests Yara Shahidi, Christopher Jackson, and Andra Day. “The Power of We” includes two new songs: “How Do You Know?” and “Listen, Act, Unite!” the latter written and performed by Jackson and featuring Day.
Tips and resources to help families and caregivers discuss race, racism, and being anti-racist with their children are available on pbskidsforparents.org.
Watch this special presentation of Sesame Street on WITF:
Thursday October 15 at 11:00am
Saturday October 17 at at 6:30am
This special will repeat in November (airdates TBA)