The Today Show

January 14th Celebrates The Today Show

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 14th 1952 the NBC’s “Today,” show premiered.

When I think of Today Show I right away think of Bryant Gumble, when he hosted the show from January 4, 1982 to January 3, 1997, but I had no idea the show was on longer than that. Did you?

Today (stylized as TODAY), also called The Today Show, is an American news and talk morning television show that airs on NBC. The program debuted on January 14, 1952.

It was the first of its genre on American television and in the world, and is the fifth-longest-running American television series.

Today ’s dominance was virtually unchallenged by the other networks until the late 1980s, when it was overtaken by ABC’s Good Morning America.
Today retook the Nielsen ratings lead the week of December 11, 1995, and held onto that position for 852 consecutive weeks until the week of April 9, 2012, when it was beaten by Good Morning America again.

The show’s first broadcast aired on January 14, 1952. It was the brainchild of Sylvester B. “Pat” Weaver, Jr., who was then vice president of NBC.

Sylvester Laflin “Pat” Weaver, Jr, was an American radio advertising executive, who became president of NBC between 1953 and 1955. He has been credited with reshaping commercial broadcasting’s format and philosophy as radio gave way to television as America’s dominant home entertainment. His daughter is actress Sigourney Weaver.

Generally, the program airs live in the Eastern Time Zone and on tape delay beginning at 7:00 a.m. in each of the five remaining time zones. When breaking news stories warrant, the Today show will broadcast a live West Coast edition.

Starting in June 2014 SiriusXM Satellite Radio began simulcasting the Today Show on a new channel called ‘Today Show Radio’ Channel 108.

However the first host of the show was Dave Garroway. The program blended national news headlines, interviews with newsmakers, lifestyle features, other light news and gimmicks (including the presence of the chimpanzee J. Fred Muggs as the show’s mascot during the early years), and local news updates from the network’s stations. It has spawned several other shows of a similar type, including ABC’s Good Morning America, and CBS’ now-defunct The Early Show.,

As we remember how the Today Show began on January 14th 1952.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


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