NBC Studios (New York City)
The NBC Studios in the New York City borough of Manhattan in New York is located in the historic GE Building (on 49th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). The building houses the NBC television network headquarters, its former parent General Electric, and NBC's flagship station WNBC (Channel 4), as well as cable news channel MSNBC.
When NBC Universal relocated to New York, 24-hour cable news television network MSNBC joined the network on that day as well. The new studios/headquarters for NBC News and MSNBC are located in one area.
The first NBC Radio City Studios began operating in the early 1930s, and tours of the studios began in 1933. NBC offers guided tours of their New York studios at a cost to tourists.
Because of the preponderance of radio studios, that section of the Rockefeller Center complex became known as Radio City (and gave its name to Radio City Music Hall, a gigantic and renowned venue for theatre and films located in Radio City). Even into the present decade, tickets for shows based at 30 Rock bear the legend "Radio City."
Shows recorded at or broadcast live from NBC Studios
Among the shows originating at 30 Rockefeller Plaza:
|30 Rock||NBC||2006–2013||8-H (Live episodes)|
|All In with Chris Hayes||MSNBC||2013–Present||3-K|
|Call My Bluff||NBC||1965||6-A|
|The Caroline Rhea Show||Syndication||2002–2003||8-G|
|Charge Account/Jan Murray Show||NBC||1960–1962||6-B|
|Countdown with Keith Olbermann||MSNBC||2007–2011||1-A|
|The Crossover||NBC Sports Network||2013–2014||8-G|
|Dough Re Mi||NBC||1958–1960||6-A|
|The Dr. Oz Show||Syndication||2009–2012||6-A|
|The Ed Show||MSNBC||2009–present||3-K, 3-A|
|Football Night in America||NBC||2006–present||8-G, 8-H|
|He Said, She Said||Syndication||1968|
|House Party with Steve Doocy||Syndication||1990||6-A|
|How to Survive a Marriage||NBC||1974–1975||8-G|
|Last Call with Carson Daly||NBC||2002–2005||8-H|
|The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell||MSNBC||2011–present||3-K|
(David Letterman and Conan O'Brien)
|Late Night with Jimmy Fallon||NBC||2009–2014||6-B, 6-A|
|Late Night with Seth Meyers||NBC||2014–present||8-G|
|Live at Five||WNBC||1980–2007||6-B|
|The Match Game||NBC||1962–1969||8-H|
|Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan||MSNBC||2009||3-A|
|NBC News at Sunrise||NBC||1983–1999||3-K|
|NBC Nightly News||NBC||1970–present||8-G, 3-K, 3-C, 3-B|
|NBC Sports studio shows||NBC||1947–present||6-A, 3-K, 8-G|
|News 4 New York||WNBC||1941–present||3-B, 6-B, 7-E, 3-C|
|PDQ (New York shows)||Syndication||1965–1969||8-G|
|The Phil Donahue Show||Syndication||1985–1996||8-G|
|Play Your Hunch||NBC||1959–1963||6-B|
|Reach for the Stars||NBC||1967||6-A|
|The Rachel Maddow Show||MSNBC||2008–present||3-A|
|Rock Center with Brian Williams||NBC||2011–2013||3-B|
|The Rosie O'Donnell Show||Syndication||1996–2002||8-G|
|Sale of the Century||NBC, Syndication||1969–1974||8-H|
|Saturday Night Live||NBC||1975–present||8-H, Brooklyn-2|
|Shoot for the Stars||NBC||1977||6-A|
|That Was the Week that Was (TW3)||NBC||1963–1965||6-A, 8-H (live)|
|Today||NBC||1952–present||3-K, 8-G, 6-A, 1-A|
|To Tell the Truth||Syndication||1971–1978; 1980–1981||8-G, 8-H, 6-A|
|The Tonight Show
(Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Jimmy Fallon)
|Twenty One||NBC||1956–1958||6-A, 6-B|
|Verdict with Dan Abrams||MSNBC||2007–2008||3-A|
|What's My Line?||Syndication||1971–1975||6-A|
|The Who, What, or Where Game||NBC||1969–1974||6-A, 8-H|
|Way Too Early||MSNBC||2009–Present||3A|
|Word for Word||NBC||1963–1964||6-A|
|You're Putting Me On||NBC||1969||6-A|
NBC Studio productions
|1A||The Today Show,
|The network's daily morning program is produced at a ground-level windowed studio across 49th Street from the GE Building since the mid-1990s, at 10 Rockefeller Plaza; it was previously broadcast from inside the skyscraper. Studio 1A is a multilevel studio currently used for multiple shows including the studio segments of Dateline NBC. The studio was also used by WNBC's Live at Five and MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann (Countdown used the 2nd floor of 1A). The studio was temporary home for WNBC newscasts in October 1996 (after a fire in 6B) as well as NBC Nightly News in October 2011 (after an anthrax attack contaminated 3C).||Ground floor|
|2K||MSNBC Secondary HD Control Room||Debuted October 22, 2007, and is the home to MSNBC programs. An MSNBC/NBC News Newsroom connects control room 2K and studio floor 3A.||2nd floor|
|3A||MSNBC main studios and headquarters||Debuted October 22, 2007, and is the home to many MSNBC programs including the main news desk where MSNBC Live and other MSNBC programs are shot. An MSNBC/NBC News Newsroom connects Studio 3A and Studio 3C. Former home of NBC Nightly News.||3rd floor|
|3B||NBC Nightly News||Former home of the Huntley-Brinkley Report, The Doctors, the Today Show, Dateline NBC, NBC Nightly News, and coverage of the 2008 presidential election||3rd floor|
|3C||WNBC||Formerly home of NBC Nightly News from 1999-October 23, 2011, however the studio's size was decreased significantly during a 2007 renovation. Became the home for News 4 New York on April 21, 2012.||3rd floor|
|Experimental Television||The first studio in the building converted (in 1935) for television production, 3H served as NBC Television's lone studio until the conversion of Studio 8G in 1948. 3H was adjacent to Studio 3C and renamed 3K for experimental "Kolor" broadcasts. This studio has been decommissioned since the early 1960s and served as scenery storage for a number of decades. A small portion of this studio was taken over by Studio 3C during the renovation to be WNBC's studio.||3rd floor|
|3K||Early Today/All In with Chris Hayes/The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell/ The Ed Show/ The Cycle||Originally 3H. Former home of NBC Nightly News, NBC Sports, The Today Show, and The Howdy Doody Show, green screen room for coverage of 2008 presidential election result program for NBC News/MSNBC.||3rd floor|
|Radio Central||A complex of radio studios used for Monitor from 1955 to 1975, and other NBC radio broadcasts including News on the Hour until 1987.||5th floor|
|NBC News Emergency "Flash" Studio||A small studio used for breaking news bulletins during the Huntley-Brinkley Era. Most notably, network coverage regarding the John F. Kennedy assassination originated from this studio.||5th floor|
|6A||The Meredith Vieira Show||Used for NBC Radio Network programming from 1933 to the 1950s. Former home of Twenty One, The Tomorrow Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Dr. Oz Show, and, for the last 5 months of its run, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. 6A was the first 30 Rock studio to be converted for high definition television.||6th floor|
|6B||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||Howdy Doody (1947–1960). Also the original home of Bob Hope's radio program , Texaco Star Theater, Tonight Starring Jack Paar, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and NBC Nightly News. Former home for the news studio for flagship station WNBC.||6th floor|
|6C||NBC Digital Studios||The current home of such web based shows as "The Untitled News Comedy Show", "Starstruck", and "A Big Life with Sissy Biggers". Was previously home to a small set for WNBC as well as WNBC's Master control.||6th floor|
|6E||Global Media Insert Studios ||Former home of Early Today and MSNBC secondly studio (Ed Show home and Breaking News coverage), called as "Newsnooks". This space was previously a portion of WNBC's Master Control.||6th floor|
|7E||New York Nonstop||Home of WNBC's newscasts from 2008 to 2012. The newest studio in the building, it was constructed inside an old conference room. The studio still has the Channel 4 newsroom but is currently used for New York Nonstop.||7th floor|
|8A||(Unknown)||A "Studio 8A" is marked on an official drawing of the 8th floor of the building. Judging by the surrounding area, this studio was likely used for audio recording. It's possible this studio was converted to television studio 8B.||8th floor|
|8B||This studio was used for coverage of the 2010 Midterm Elections.||8th floor|
|8G||Late Night with Seth Meyers||A former radio studio converted for television in 1948 and went on the air April 22 of that year. Former home of Football Night in America, The Phil Donahue Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Caroline Rhea Show, and The Jane Pauley Show, as well as the original Jeopardy! from 1964 to 1975. NBC Nightly News used this studio during the 2007 renovations of NBC News headquarters, except on some Sunday evenings where, due to football programming, the news was broadcast from Studio 1A. This studio has also been used for Decision 2008 and Decision 2010 election night coverage.||8th floor|
|8H||Saturday Night Live/Football Night in America||Former home of Later with Bob Costas, Last Call with Carson Daly, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. Also served as the home of What's My Line during its final two seasons in syndication (1973-1975). Used for offsite coverage of the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Used for the "Live Show" and "Live from Studio 6H" episodes of 30 Rock.||8th floor|
Some other New York originated programs are/were produced elsewhere in the area, including:
- Ambassador Theater, 215 West 49th Street. Now a theater presenting Broadway shows.
- Brooklyn Studios (JC Studios), 1268 East 14th Street in Midwood, Brooklyn (many 1950s color "Spectaculars" such as The Esther Williams Aqua Special,Peter Pan; it is also where The Perry Como Show (1960s), Mitch Miller Show (1960s), The Sammy Davis Jr. Show (1960s), Hullabaloo (1965–1966), Kraft Music Hall, The Cosby Show, and Another World were produced. It was the home of CBS's soap opera As the World Turns until the series ceased production in 2010. The studio was equipped for color production when it opened in 1954. (The silent film-era Vitagraph Studios was located directly across East 14th Street. That property is now occupied by the Shulamith School for Girls.)
- Center Theatre, 1236 Sixth Avenue at West 49th Street (Texaco Star Theater with Milton Berle, Your Show of Shows (1950–1954), Voice of Firestone). Demolished in 1954 for U.S. Rubber building.
- Century Theater, 932 Seventh Avenue at West 58th Street (Caesar's Hour with Sid Caesar (1954–1957), Mr. Peepers, Treasure Hunt). Demolished in 1962 for apartment building.
- Colonial Theater, 1887 Broadway at West 62nd Street (original version of The Price is Right hosted by Bill Cullen, 1953–1963; Colgate Comedy Hour). The studio was the first equipped for color production and originated the first color telecast on November 3, 1953. Demolished 1977.
- Hudson Theatre, 141 West 44th Street (Tonight hosted by Steve Allen (1954–1957)). The theater still stands as part of the Millennium Broadway Hotel.
- International Theater, 5 Columbus Circle (Admiral Broadway Review (1949)). Demolished in 1954 for New York Coliseum. CNN Center is now on the site.
- New Amsterdam Roof Garden Theater, 214 West 42nd Street, now home to Broadway musical productions.
- Ziegfeld Theatre, 1341 Sixth Avenue at West 54th Street (The Perry Como Show, Concentration (primetime 1961)). Demolished in 1966 for 49-story office tower.
- 67th Street Studios, 101 West 67th Street (the Home show with Arlene Francis (1954-1957), Concentration (primetime 1958)). NBC sold the property in 1961. Later it became Video Tape Center (1961-1970, independent production company), ABC Studio TV-18/19 (1970 to 1990, production facility for soap opera All My Children, and One Live to Live prior to moving to TV-17). Demolished in 1995. Building originally had four studios, converted to two, later one. The site is now 50-story Millennium Tower apartment building.
- Uptown Studios (now Metropolis Studios), 105 East 106th Street at Park Avenue.
- NBC Universal Network Organization Center, 900 Sylvan Avenue (Route 9W), Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, (home of CNBC and CNBC World).
- NBC Tour: NBC Studio Tour - Official NBC Universal Store
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- "NBCNews.com Video Player". MSNBC. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
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- Photograph of Chuck Todd in Studio 8B Election 2010 Coverage
- Ticket for November 11, 1965 taping of Hullabaloo, oldtvtickets.com.
- Ticket for January 30, 1966 taping of The Sammy Davis Jr. Show, oldtvtickets.com.
- RCA-NBC Firsts in Color Television.
- Ticket for May 21, 1955 telecast of The Imogene Coca Show, oldtvtickets.com.
- Ticket for May 29, 1955 telecast of Mr. Peepers oldtvtickets.com.
- Tickets for June 18 and August 13, 1958 telecasts of Treasure Hunt, oldtvtickets.com.
- Ticket for November 30, 1956 telecast of The Walter Winchell Show, oldtvtickets.com
- Tickets for February 21 and April 11, 1961 telecasts of The Price is Right, oldtvtickets.com.
- "Colonial Theater". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
- Tickets for October 20, 1954, and June 28, August 28, and November 30, 1956 telecasts of Tonight starring Steve Allen, oldtvtickets.com.
- Ticket for October 23, 1957 telecast of Tonight Starring Jack Paar, oldtvtickets.com.
- Ticket for October 3, 1951 telecast of The Freddy Martin Show, oldtvtickets.com.
- "International Theater". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
- Ticket for March 12, 1957 telecast of Hold That Note, oldtvtickets.com.
- Ticket for August 13, 1958 telecast of Haggis Baggis, oldtvtickets.com.
- Ticket for August 9, 1960 telecast of The Price is Right, oldtvtickets.com.