A Day in Buck's Big World
A new Mr. Roger's type children's educational TV show for 4-10 year olds that puts role models on TV for children to learn from.
A Day in Buck's Big World is a new Mr. Roger's type children's educational TV program for 4-10 year old's that I have been working for the last 10 years. This show comes from the bottom of my heart, and it was made to be good enough for my very own daughter to watch instead of animation on TV. Amazingly, the V.P. of Programming at our PBS member station liked the idea enough to air my programs! Our show is currently being broadcast on the Kentucky Educational Television network, our PBS station here in Kentucky.
This Kickstarter project is to not only raise funds to complete a pilot season of 16 shows, but to raise awareness that a new educational program is available for kids and parents that teaches children real things about our real world using REAL PEOPLE. Six shows are currently broadcast on the Kentucky Educational Television network, and my goal is to get K.E.T. 16 shows to broadcast by the end of this year, and then offer them to ALL public broadcasting stations nationwide-for free. My six shows on the air can be seen by visiting Bucksbigworld.com and clicking on the 'EPISODES' tab.
I feel this world needs more role models for children, both men and women role models. If I were to ask you to name a role model on TV for children, who is alive, can you name one? It's hard to find one. The biggest reason is most programming for children on TV is animated, which offers a total disconnect to our real world. Do you want your kid to grow up to be Curious George or Sponge Bob?
Not only does our program contain core educational content that teachers teach in the classroom, we try to create situations with Tank (a character on the show) where we get to employ life lessons and demonstrate good parenting, much like what we used to see in Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best or The Andy Griffith show. In our Flower Shop episode, I catch Tank smoking, and I wrote words that deal with this situation in a kind, warm and loving way. My goal was not only to have children learn that smoking is bad for you, but also to provide words and tones that parents can use should they suspect or find their own child smoking. This is my attempt to insert good parenting into our shows, something I think you will agree, we rarely see on TV anymore.
You may very well see me fall flat on my face, but I feel the viewers will like these attempts of mine to put wholesome, educational content on TV for children and parents to enjoy!
Risks and challenges
One very big risk is that it has been so long since we have had role models on TV for children, people are fearful of trusting anyone anymore. The biggest risk I foresee is the public trusting me and what I am doing on TV for parents & children. Parents are either going to Love it or Hate it.
When I filmed my pilot episode in 2011, 3 weeks after I completed filming, Jerry Sandusky and Penn State grabbed the headlines....and it wouldn't go away. It scared the crap out of the whole USA, including me, a dad of a 7 year old! And here I had just filmed a show with a little boy learning about a fire truck. I cried.
But Craig Cornwell at K.E.T. called and told me to bring what I had in for a screening. And guess what? He liked it!!!! He helped me make some changes, by including parents in the shows when we can, always having the parent behind camera during shoots, and having my real life dad on the show. And that is how the show happened.
The feedback has been great so far and I am very proud to share it with you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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