NBC Studios (New York City)

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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.[1]

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[edit]

30 Rockefeller Center, also known as the GE Building, is the world headquarters of NBC.
Ground-level entrance to same building
Marquee from ther side

Among the shows originating at 30 Rockefeller Plaza:

Program Network/Station Dates Studio
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
Concentration NBC 1958–1973 8-G
Countdown with Keith Olbermann MSNBC 2007–2011 1-A
The Crossover NBC Sports Network 2013–2014 8-G
Dateline NBC NBC 1992–present 3-A,1-A
The Cycle MSNBC 2012–present 3-A,3-K
The Doctors NBC 1963–1982 3-B/3-A
Dough Re Mi NBC 1958–1960 6-A
Dr. Nancy MSNBC 2009–2009 3-A
The Dr. Oz Show Syndication 2009–2012 6-A
Early Today NBC 1999–present 3-K
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
Howdy Doody NBC 1947–1960 3-A,3H,3K,8G
Huntley-Brinkley Report NBC 1956–1970 6-B,5-HN,8-G
Jackpot NBC 1974–1975 8-G
Jeopardy! NBC 1964–1975 8-G
Last Call with Carson Daly NBC 2002–2005 8-H
The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell MSNBC 2011–present 3-K
Late Night
(David Letterman and Conan O'Brien)
NBC 1982–2009 6-A
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
Memory Game NBC 1971 6-A
Missing Links NBC 1963–1964 6-A
Morning Joe MSNBC 2007–present 3-A
Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan MSNBC 2009 3-A
MSNBC Live MSNBC 2007–present 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
Personality NBC 1967–1969 6-A
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
Say When!! NBC 1961–1965 6-A
Shoot for the Stars NBC 1977 6-A
Somerset NBC 1970–1976 6-A
Split Personality NBC 1959–1960 6-A
That Was the Week that Was (TW3) NBC 1963–1965 6-A, 8-H (live)
Tic-Tac-Dough NBC 1956–1959 8-G
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)
NBC 1957–1972; 2014–present 6-B
Treasure Hunt NBC 1957–1959 8-G
Twenty One NBC 1956–1958 6-A, 6-B
Up MSNBC 2011–2013 3-A
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[edit]

Studio Production Notes Floor
1A The Today Show,
Dateline NBC
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)[2] as well as NBC Nightly News in October 2001 (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,[3] The Doctors,[4] 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.[5] 3rd floor
Experimental Television[6] The first studio in the building converted (in 1935) for television production, 3H served as NBC Television's lone studio[7] 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[8] 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,[9] green screen room for coverage of 2008 presidential election result program for NBC News/MSNBC.[10] 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,[11] The Tomorrow Show,[12] 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 ,[13] Texaco Star Theater,[14] 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.[15] 6th floor
6E Global Media Insert Studios [4] 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. Currently home to the The Weather Channel show Wake Up With Al hosted by Al Roker 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[16] 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.[17] 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.[6] 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

The building is also the headquarters for Bravo, Chiller, MSNBC, Oxygen, Syfy, Cloo, Universal HD and USA Network.

Other locations[edit]

Some other New York originated programs are/were produced elsewhere in the area, including:

  • Hudson Theatre,[27][28] 141 West 44th Street (Tonight hosted by Steve Allen (1954–1957)). The theater still stands as part of the Millennium Broadway Hotel.
  • International Theater,[29] 5 Columbus Circle (Admiral Broadway Review (1949)). Demolished in 1954 for New York Coliseum. CNN Center is now on the site.[30]
  • 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NBC Tour: NBC Studio Tour - Official NBC Universal Store
  2. ^ Phone Tips (2014-02-12). "Contact Us | NBC New York". Wnbc.com. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  3. ^ "NBCNews.com Video Player". MSNBC. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  4. ^ Barmash, Jerry (October 19, 2011). "WNBC/Channel 4 Making the Move to Nightly News Studio". FishbowlNY. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "NBC New York debuts new studio, graphics, music". NewscastStudio. April 22, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Television cameras were the Eyes Of A Generation; this is Television history the way they saw it". Eyesofageneration.com. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  7. ^ "It is approximately three times as large as 3H, the studio out of which NBC Television has been operating since 1935."
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ wiedesign_60 (2009-03-13). "NBCStudio3KCntrlRmDemo.JPG | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  10. ^ NewscastStudio Blog | Blog Archive | Cracking the case: MSNBC green screen | A blog about television news set design, news music, news graphics package design and television ...
  11. ^ Interview with Herb Stempel ([2]).
  12. ^ "NBC Studio 6A TmrrwShw 1976.jpg | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. 2007-05-26. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  13. ^ "David Letterman interview with Bob Hope". Late Night with David Letterman. NBC. 1985. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Tom Snyder interview with Milton Berle". The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder. CBS. 1998. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "WNBC2Studio6C.JPG | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. 2005-08-27. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  16. ^ [3][dead link]
  17. ^ Photograph of Chuck Todd in Studio 8B Election 2010 Coverage
  18. ^ Ticket for November 11, 1965 taping of Hullabaloo, oldtvtickets.com.
  19. ^ Ticket for January 30, 1966 taping of The Sammy Davis Jr. Show, oldtvtickets.com.
  20. ^ RCA-NBC Firsts in Color Television.
  21. ^ Ticket for May 21, 1955 telecast of The Imogene Coca Show, oldtvtickets.com.
  22. ^ Ticket for May 29, 1955 telecast of Mr. Peepers oldtvtickets.com.
  23. ^ Tickets for June 18 and August 13, 1958 telecasts of Treasure Hunt, oldtvtickets.com.
  24. ^ Ticket for November 30, 1956 telecast of The Walter Winchell Show, oldtvtickets.com
  25. ^ Tickets for February 21 and April 11, 1961 telecasts of The Price is Right, oldtvtickets.com.
  26. ^ "Colonial Theater". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  27. ^ Tickets for October 20, 1954, and June 28, August 28, and November 30, 1956 telecasts of Tonight starring Steve Allen, oldtvtickets.com.
  28. ^ Ticket for October 23, 1957 telecast of Tonight Starring Jack Paar, oldtvtickets.com.
  29. ^ Ticket for October 3, 1951 telecast of The Freddy Martin Show, oldtvtickets.com.
  30. ^ "International Theater". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  31. ^ Ticket for March 12, 1957 telecast of Hold That Note, oldtvtickets.com.
  32. ^ Ticket for August 13, 1958 telecast of Haggis Baggis, oldtvtickets.com.
  33. ^ Ticket for August 9, 1960 telecast of The Price is Right, oldtvtickets.com.

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Coordinates: 40°45′32″N 73°58′44″W / 40.759°N 73.979°W / 40.759; -73.979