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‘Reading Rainbow’ host Burton gets the ‘auto-tune’ treatment

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, December 3, 2012 13:10 EDT
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LeVar Burton autotune remix
 
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The latest installment of a PBS Digital Studios project has put a musical spin on Reading Rainbow host and executive producer LeVar Burton’s efforts to get kids to pick up more books during the show’s 23-year run.

“In Your Imagination,” by John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, is the fourth “auto-tune” style interpretation of a public television show. As NPR reported Tuesday, it follows similar remixes for Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood), Bob Ross (The Joy Of Painting) and Julia Child, host of her eponymous cooking series.

Burton hosted all 155 episodes of Reading Rainbow from 1983 to 2009, and relaunched the show earlier this year as a downloadable app.

Watch Burton talk about reading in “auto-tune,” posted on YouTube Monday by PBS Digital Studios, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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