Stories of America

PBS (ended 1977)


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Stories of America

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The interconnectedness of all things is a fundamental part of reading motivation projects. Although GPN's Reading Rainbow claims to have invented that idea, Stories of America with host Ann McGregor got there first. It was 1976, America's bicentennial year, and WVIZ-TV of Cleveland wanted something more out of a series aimed at delivering American history, They decided to combine history with reading. The result was Stories of America. Hosting was the familiar face of Ann McGregor, who had enlivened Picture Book Park and Tilson's Bookshop some two years earlier. Stories of America resembled more of a story reading than a history lesson, but it also introduced other elements that became standard Reading Rainbow procedure. There were occasional film sequences, dramatizations, and even an animation. All told, the 32-part Stories of America series ran some 14 years on WVIZ-TV. The station brought the shows back in 1998, and it would be the only WVIZ instructional television production ever to return to Cleveland airwaves. But in short order, Stories of America would be pulled from the air again, destined to be locked in the same fate with all other WVIZ instructional series. They are all, to borrow the Michael Palin phrase, "sitting behind desks."moreless
Bob Olive

Bob Olive

Underwriters' Announcer (uncredited)

Ann McGregor

Ann McGregor