TODAY is the day the NBC TV program turns 65 and may become eligible for social security. In the spirit of pride, I worked as a writer-producer on the iconic program for a few years and had the pleasure of serving with T Brokaw, J Pauley, G Shalett, and W Scott among many other talented professionals. In fact, when I was a writer-producer there, Al Roker was Willard Scott's backup weatherman.
The morning TV program has been waking Americans up for 65 years. http://www.today.com/news/watch-65-years-today-fly-65-seconds-t106429
The network broadcast premiered on January 14, 1952, with bowtie-wearing host Dave Garroway promising the audience, “We are in touch with the world. We’ll tell you what’s happening, today.”
Today Show 30th Anniversary: January 14, 1982 (Part 1) https://youtu.be/UVNhfiyr7Q0 via @YouTube
American audiences weren’t used to a presentation of major national headlines, lifestyle features, and light-hearted news, with gimmicks. CBS This Morning and ABC Good Morning America wouldn’t debut for another 21 years.
NBC: Today Show Celebrates 60 Years! https://youtu.be/QggbCFeCh-Q via @YouTube