NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Titan Radio's Dr. B interviews David Newell (Mr. McFeely-Speedy Delivery- on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood) about the production of the show. Newell stopped by the Titan Radio studios to chat about working behind the scenes the show that first aired in 1968 in black and white.
Born and raised near Pittsburgh, Newell began his acting career at the Pittsburgh Playhouse theatre school, which connected him to Rogers. Though he was originally hired onto Rogers’ show as a public relations manager, he was also cast as Mr. McFeely and quickly coined his “speedy delivery!” catchphrase. The pair were lifelong friends until Rogers’ death in 2003.
In addition to acting on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Newell toured the country promoting the show as Mr. McFeely until 2015. He was the subject of a 2008 documentary feature, “Speedy Delivery,” which chronicles his travels around the world as the character. An animated version of Mr. McFeely regularly appears on “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” a series produced by The Fred Rogers Company.