The More You Know

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The More You Know
The More You Know Logo 2013.jpg
2013 logo
Production company(s) NBC Universal
Release
Original network NBC networks
Original release September 9, 1989 – present
Chronology
Preceded by One to Grow On
(1983–1989)
External links
Website www.themoreyouknow.com

The More You Know is a series of public service announcements (PSAs) broadcast on the NBC family of channels in the United States and other locations, featuring educational messages. These PSAs are broadcast regularly during NBC's programming in primetime, late night, and Saturday morning.

The spots feature personalities from various NBC shows. Tom Brokaw was the first person to do a The More You Know spot; it aired on NBC in September 1989 (these replaced the One to Grow On PSAs that were used from 1983 to 1989).

A senior executive at NBC, Dr. Rosalyn Weinman, developed the campaign and wrote most of the on-air PSAs after putting an advisory council together. She ran the campaign for 10 years. The first 'comet trail' star logo was designed by Steve Bernstein and later produced by Paul Johnson on an animation stand using a slit scan technique at R/Greenberg Associates (now R/GA Digital Studios) in Manhattan. They were later updated using three-dimensional computer graphics. The More You Know program won a Peabody Award in 1993 for serving as "a model national public service campaign to provide a range of useful information to its vast television audience."[1]

The campaign has featured a range of guests over the years including Amy Poehler, Joan Rivers, Jack McBrayer, Steve Harvey, Anjelica Huston, Questlove, and Jimmy Fallon.[2] Several past US Presidents have also participated in the campaign including President Bill Clinton, President George H. W. Bush,[3] and President Barack Obama, who encouraged parents to be more involved in their children's education, while First Lady Michelle Obama worked to promote the prevention of childhood obesity.[4]

El Poder de Saber (The Power of Knowledge) is The More You Know's sister campaign on Telemundo.[5] While the other U.S. broadcast networks have similar campaigns, namely CBS Cares[6] and Disney-ABC's Be Inspired,[7] The More You Know is likely the most well known.

On February 24, 2016, NBC announced that it would launch a new Saturday morning E/I block named after the campaign, programmed by Litton Entertainment and replacing its in-house NBC Kids block.[8]

Parodies[edit]

The campaign has been widely parodied, with references in Will & Grace, 30 Rock, Family Guy,[9] Drawn Together, Scrubs, recurring parodies on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, a running segment on The Daily Show called "The Less You Know," and an April 2006 series of NBC-produced mock PSAs starring the cast of The Office. A sketch on Saturday Night Live portrayed the sometimes-fatal effects of CPR.[10] A parody was also on MADtv mentioning the "[nonexistent] danger of conga lines", and another one which spouted random obvious facts. Spliced has a parody of public-service announcements in general (and The More You Know in particular), in brief segments called "Knowing is Growing". The campaign is also featured on many podcasts including The Florida Project.

During the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show (which itself was broadcast by NBC), performer Katy Perry closed the performance with a rendition of "Firework" while riding on a shooting star; following the show, comparisons were drawn to the former logo of The More You Know, as captured by user-created edits of photos from the scene.[11]

See also[edit]

  • CBS Cares, a currently running CBS PSA campaign
  • Read More About It, a PSA campaign created by a joint venture between CBS and the Library of Congress

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rodney King Coverage Wins a Peabody Award". The New York Times. April 3, 1993. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ Megan Garber (September 16, 2014). "'The More You Know': There's More to Know". The Atlantic. Retrieved January 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Family Of Stars". The More You Know. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ Chris Ariens (April 16, 2011). "New Look, New Faces for 'The More You Know'". AdWeek. Retrieved January 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ El Poder De Saber | Telemundo
  6. ^ CBS.com
  7. ^ Home - ABC.com
  8. ^ "NBC, Litton Partner on 'The More You Know' Block". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  9. ^ poopertin11 (June 26, 2014), Family Guy - The More You Know, retrieved September 21, 2016 
  10. ^ Watch Saturday Night Live Episodes, Clips, and Interviews | Fancast
  11. ^ Michelle Steiner, Amanda (February 2, 2015). "Exploring Katy Perry's Super Bowl Half-Time Show in Memes". People. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 

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