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The Today Show - Show Summary
With over 50 years on the air, The Today Show is one of America's longest-running and best loved TV shows. The lively morning program transmits every day from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM from NBC's Studio 1A in New York City's quintessential Rockefeller Plaza. The Today Show premiered on the National Broadcasting Company network on the 14th of January in 1952, with radio announcer and TV personality Dave Garroway as host.

Conceived by NBC's then Vice President Pat Weaver, The Today Show was the first show of its kind, bringing viewers two hours of news and human interest pieces every weekday morning. Garroway's laid back style and wide-ranging curiosity set the tone for The Today Show, which to this day continues to both entertain and inform its audience in an upbeat and relaxed setting. The show does not only consist of news reports and musical entertainment but many other interesting segments. The Today Show often covers diverse subjects such as "How-to's," Health Tips and "Fashion Guides". Celebrity interviews are also jam-packed in the four hour morning show.

Although the Rockefeller center location plays a huge part in the show's success, past co-anchors like Barbara Walters have put the show on the map as one of the most effective live TV broadcasts. Notable hosts such as Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel all made their memorable marks on Today and future hosts will continue to follow in their footsteps.

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Free Advance Tickets To The Today Show:

Getting tickets to a Today taping is fairly simple because the show doesn't actually distribute tickets. The taping is open to the public on the street, and therefore overbooking is not an issue due to the high amount of people that can attend as the street is large. To see TV show ticket availability
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Today Show Hosts at Studio 1A
  The Today Show's fun and exciting vibe is filled with a rare combination of audience interaction and news broadcasting. The fact that the show has lasted over 50 years is no surprise due to its diverse large audience. The show's location brings tourists from all over the world. The audience members hold banners and signs in the hopes of showing up on camera, to shout out family or friends from afar. Current hosts will often go up to audience members and ask them where they are from. Celebrities and musical guests will also take photos, sign autographs and talk to the audience as an added bonus. During the brisk winter season of New York City, the crowd will still stand outside of Studio 1A to take a peak at what is going on. However, more people come to Rockefeller Plaza in the heat of the summer for the incredible lineup on the Today Show's Concert Series hosted by Toyota. Past musical artists that have performed on the Today stage including Kenny Chesney, were Stevie Nicks, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Iggy Azalea, Duran Duran, Kiss, 5 Seconds of Summer, Nico and Vinz, Ke$ha, One Direction, Fifth Harmony and many others.
  • 5 seconds of summer on today
  • Matt Lauer talks to Michael Phelps
  • Natalie Morales headshot
  • Halloween on the today show
  • Al Roker headshot
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  • Savannah Guthrie
  • Nathalie morales with kiss member
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The Today Show Cast Members:

Savannah Guthrie - Co-Anchor
Al Roker - Weatherman and Co-Anchor
Natalie Morales - News Anchor
Megyn Kelly (Third Hour)
Hoda Kotb - Co-Anchor (Fourth Hour)
Kathie Lee Gifford - Co-Anchor (Fourth Hour)
Carson Daly - Orange Room Host

Rockefeller Plaza Location:

NBC Studio 1A
49 West 49th Street
New York, NY 10112
Between 5th and 6th Ave's.

Studio Entrance:
49nd Street or 50th street. Both are between 5th and 6th Ave's in New York City

Rockefeller Plaza TV Studio:

Monday - Saturday: 9am - 8pm
Sunday: 9am - 10pm

Rockefeller Plaza Dedicated Zip Code:
Rockefeller Plaza is so large that it now has its own zip code that is: 10112
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Bare Breasts on The Today Show:

The Today Show has also had its fair share of fame seekers. One unique stunt transpired at the studio on Wednesday, August 2, 2000 -- long before Janet Jackson and her wardrobe malfunction. Suzi Greenberg, an avid fan of the Opie and Anthony "shock jock" radio show, went bare-chested during one of the customary live crowd pans. Suzi opened her jacket to expose here bare breasts as the camera made its way across the crowd. Underneath her breasts was a large Opie and Anthony WOW (Whip 'em Out Wednesday) bumper sticker that earned her a reported $1000 from the outrageous radio show. Suzi Greenberg's infamy was short lived, but she did do a follow-up piece on The Today Show for Extra in which she discussed her payment and 15 minutes of fame. The shock jocks Opie and Anthony were later fired for another, unrelated FCC sexual transgression which happened, ironically, at St. Patrick's Cathedral, barely 500 feet from The Today Show studio and the bare breast episode.

Studio Change:

In 1994, The Today Show was moved from the "windowless coffin of a studio" (as it was known and hated by staffers and fans alike) in Studio 4 at 30 Rockefeller Plaza into a stunning new site, NBC News’ Studio 1A. This glass-walled, ground-floor production facility, located at the corner of 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza, is a hot spot for both tourists and New York locals trying to get their faces on live television or who just want to get a glimpse of their favorite morning show in action.
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Today Show Audience:

Going to see The Today Show being taped  is very popular and the audience consists of a wide range of people from across the nation. Many of whom make a point to visit the Today Show studio when they come to New York City as part of their trip. The experience is a great choice for families, since most other TV shows do not allow children to attend their tapings.

Today Show Hourly Anchors:

The Today Show runs for four hours on television with a total of seven anchors. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales serve as co-anchors from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, along with Alan Roker as the show's weather man. Today continues as Willie Geist and Tamron Hall host the third hour and the final fourth hour is hosted by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.

Carson Daly is the Orange Room anchor which was launched in September 2013. When Lauer is away, Daly fills in for him and when Daly isn't in, Hall fills in as the acting Orange Room host.
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Noteworthy Dates For The Show:

January 14, 1952:
Show premiere
June 16, 1961: Dave Garroway's departure
October 2, 2000: Third Hour Show Added
May 31, 2006: Katie Couric's Final Show
September 10, 2007: Fourth Hour Added
May 9, 2011: Natalie Morales joins Today show
June 28, 2012:
Ann Curry's Insulting Departure
June 29, 2012, Natalie Morales replaces Ann Curry
July 9, 2012: Savannah Guthrie joins cast
September 16, 2013: Orange Room Launch

Visit the Today Show:

If you RSVP to the Today Show by going onto the Today Show website, you can some extra benefits:
  • Meet the hosts of The Today Show after the show after 9 AM
  • More likely to get your face on camera on the outside shots
  • A chance to win a Fan Pass to the Toyota Concert Series - Fan Passes give you priority access and you receive special access to the viewing area.

To Get a Good Spot...

You should come as early as 6:30 AM to receive a good view of the Today Show taping. If a popular celebrity stops by the show, people will start lining up as early as 5:00 AM. Today only films outdoors until 9:00 AM, but you can still be seen from inside.

Show Taping Duration:
The show is taped live from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM Monday to Friday.

Number of shows per week: 5 Shows per week
TV Show Director   TV Show Staff and Creative Team   TV Show Genre Show Transmission and channel
Lloyd Norman

Executive Producer:
Donald Nash

Robin Sindler
Joshua Janiak

Supervising Producer:
Scott Goldstein

Film Editor:
David Varga

Distributed By:
NBC Universal Television
  Staff and Creative Team:

Series Music:
Frank Radice

Series Cinematography:
Isreal Cardoza

Audio Engineer:
Abe Pothyress

Camera Operator:
Jen Sochko

Today Show History:

A modern history of The Today Show can be seen here Today Show History
The Today Show is a New York City live TV Show. The show is comprised of celebrity interviews, musical concerts and current news discussions. It ranges from serious debates to pop culture references. Today is a family-friendly show that is open to all ages.

Show Transmission Time:
The show transmits weekdays at 7:00 AM EST to 11:00 AM

Show Transmission Channel:
NBC and NBC Affiliates across the US

Age Requirement:
There is no age requirement to be in the Today Show audience.
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Parking For This TV Studio
The closest parking garages to NBC Studio Rockefeller Center are located at:
25-43 W 48th Street
New York, NY 10020
10 W 48th Street
New York, NY 10020
The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow TV show patrons have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.