NBC Studios (New York)
The NBC Studios in New York City, New York is located at the GE Building (on 49th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues) in Manhattan, the historic GE Building houses the headquarters of the NBC television network, its former parent General Electric, and NBC's flagship station WNBC (Channel 4), as well as cable news channel MSNBC.
When NBC Universal relocated, 24-hour cable news television network MSNBC joined the network in New York on that day as well. The new studios/headquarters for NBC News and MSNBC are located in one area.
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 NBC Studios
Among the shows originating at 30 Rockefeller Plaza:
|30 Rock||NBC||2006–2013||6-H, 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|
|Countdown with Keith Olbermann||MSNBC||2007–2011||1-A|
|The Crossover||NBC Sports Network||2013–Present||8-G|
|Dough Re Mi||NBC||1958–1960||6-A|
|The Dr. Oz Show||Syndication||2009–present||6-A|
|The Ed Show||MSNBC||2009–present||3-K, 3-A|
|Football Night in America||NBC||2006–present||8-G|
|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-G|
|The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell||MSNBC||2011–present||3-K|
|Late Night with Conan O'Brien||NBC||1993–2009||6-A|
|Late Night with David Letterman||NBC||1982–1993||6-A|
|Late Night with Jimmy Fallon||NBC||2009–present||6-B|
|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|
|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–present||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|
|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 and Johnny Carson)
|Up with Chris Hayes||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 with Willie Geist||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. Countdown was used 2nd floor of 1A. The studio was also used by WNBC's Live at Five and MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann. WNBC, which used temporarily in October 1996 due to a fire in 6B, and NBC Nightly News for a short period during decontamination of the broadcast's facilities and offices in October 2001 due to the 2001 anthrax attacks.||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||Rock Center with Brian Williams
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 to be converted for Television production, being converted in 1935 and served as NBC Television's lone studio until the conversion of Studio 8G in 1948. 3H was adjacent to Studio 3C. This studio has been decommissioned since the early 1960s and served as scenery storage for a number of decades. A portion or all of this area is being used to expand Studio 3C for its future use as WNBC's studio.||3rd floor|
|3K||Early Today/All In with Chris Hayes/The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell||Former home of NBC Nightly News, NBC Sports, The Today Show, The Ed 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 Dr. Oz Show||A former home of Twenty One, The Tomorrow Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and NBC Radio Network programs from 1933 to the 1950s. 6A was the first 30 Rock studio to be converted for high definition television.||6th floor|
|6B||Late Night with 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 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|
|6H (fictitious)||30 Rock||30 Rock, which began here in 2006, will tape here until late 2012 or early 2013.||6th floor|
|7E||New York Nonstop||Home of WNBC's newscasts from 2008 to 2012. This studio is the newest studio in the building, being 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||Decision 2010 Coverage||This studio was used for coverage of the 2010 Midterm Elections.||8th floor|
|8G||Football Night in America/NBC SportsDesk||A former radio studio converted for Television use in 1948 and went on air April 22 of that year. Former home of 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||Former home of Last Call with Carson Daly
Former home of Later with Bob Costas
Former home of the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini
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 Was the home of What's My Line during its final two years in syndication, '73-74|
Some other New York originated programs are/were produced elsewhere in New York City, including:
- Colonial Theater, 1887 Broadway at West 62nd Street (original version of The Price is Right hosted by Bill Cullen, 1953–1963; Colgate Comedy Hour) Demolished 1977.
- Hudson Theatre, 141 West 44th Street (Tonight hosted by Steve Allen, 1954–1957).
- Ziegfeld Theatre, 1431 Sixth Avenue at West 54th Street (The Perry Como Show, Concentration primetime 1961)). Demolished 1966.
- 67th Street Studios, 101 West 67th Street (the Home show with Arlene Francis 1954-1957, Concentration primetime 1958),NBC divested in 1961, later, 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 1995. Building originally had four studios, converted to two, later one. The site is now 50-story Millennium Tower apartment building.
- Century Theater, 932 Seventh Avenue at West 58th Street (Caesar's Hour with Sid Caesar, 1954–1957).
- Brooklyn Studios* (now 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 silent film-era Vitagraph Studios was located directly across E. 14th Street. That property is now occupied by the Shulamith School for Girls.)
- International Theater, 5 Columbus Circle (Admiral Broadway Review 1949). Demolished 1954.
- Ambassador Theater, 215 West 49th Street. Now a theatre presenting Broadway shows.
- Center Theater, 1236 Sixth Avenue at West 49th Street (Texaco Star Theater with Milton Berle; Your Show of Shows, 1950–1954). Demolished 1954.
- Uptown Studios (now Metropolis Studios), 105 East 106th Street at Park Avenue.
- NBC Universal Network Organization Center, at 900 Sylvan Avenue (Route 9W) in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (home of CNBC and CNBC World)
- New Amsterdam Roof Theater, 214 West 42nd Street.
- WNBC-TV's LX: NY is produced in nearby 75 Rockefeller Plaza.
- *Equipped for color production.
Most of these facilities are no longer used by NBC.
- NBC Tour: NBC Studio Tour - Official NBC Universal Store
- 'Rock Center with Brian Williams' to premiere this season on NBC
- Barmash, Jerry (October 19, 2011). "WNBC/Channel 4 Making the Move to Nightly News Studio". FishbowlNY. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "NBC New York debuts new studio, graphics, music". NewscastStudio. April 22, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- http://www.eyesofageneration.com/Archives_NBC_ND8G.php "It is approximately three times as large as 3H, the studio out of which NBC Television has been operating since 1935."
- 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 ...
- Interview with Herb Stempel ().
- "David Letterman interview with Bob Hope". Late Night with David Letterman. NBC. 1985. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "Tom Snyder interview with Milton Berle". The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder. CBS. 1998. Retrieved 5 January 2013.