NBC Studios (New York City)
NBC Studios are located in the historic 30 Rockefeller Plaza (on Sixth Avenue between 49th and 50th streets) in the borough of Manhattan, New York City. The building houses the NBC television network headquarters, its parent NBC Universal, and NBC's flagship station WNBC (Channel 4), as well as cable news channel MSNBC.
The first NBC Radio City Studios began operating in the early 1930s. Tours of the studios began in 1933, suspended in 2014 and resumed on October 26, 2015. 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). 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 (shows taping as of the 2017–18 season in bold):
|30 Rock||NBC||2006–2013||8-H (Live episodes)|
|All In with Chris Hayes||MSNBC||2013–present||3-K, 4-E|
|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||3-A, 6-A, 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, 3-B, 3-K, 4-E|
|The David Letterman Show||NBC||1980||6-A|
|The Cycle||MSNBC||2012–2015||3-A, 3-K|
|Dough Re Mi||NBC||1958–1960||6-A|
|The Dr. Oz Show||Syndication||2009–2012||6-A|
|Early Today||NBC||2007–present||3-K, 4-E|
|The Ed Show||MSNBC||2009–2015||3-K, 3-A|
|Football Night in America||NBC||2006–2014||8-G, 8-H|
|He Said, She Said||Syndication||1968||8-H|
|House Party with Steve Doocy||Syndication||1990||6-A|
|How to Survive a Marriage||NBC||1974–1975||8-G|
|The Jane Pauley Show||Syndication||2004–2005||8-G|
|Last Call with Carson Daly||NBC||2002–2005||8-H|
|The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell||MSNBC||2011–present||3-K, 4-E|
(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|
|Maya & Marty||NBC||2016||6-A|
|Megyn Kelly Today||NBC||2017–2018||6-A|
|The Meredith Vieira Show||Syndication||2014–2016||6-A|
|Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan||MSNBC||2009||3-A|
|MSNBC Live||MSNBC||2007–present||3-A, 4-E|
|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||1947–2014||6-A, 3-K, 8-G|
|News 4 New York||WNBC||1941–present||3-B, 6-B, 7-E, 3-C, 3-K|
|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)|
|Tic Tac Dough||NBC||1956–1959||8-G, 6-B, Brooklyn (nighttime)|
|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)
|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||2009–2016||3-A|
|Word for Word||NBC||1963–1964||6-A|
|You're Putting Me On||NBC||1969||6-A|
Current studio spaces
|1A||The Today Show||The network's daily morning program is produced at a ground-level windowed studio across 49th Street from 30 Rockefeller Plaza since the mid-1990s, at 10 Rockefeller Plaza; it was previously broadcast from inside the skyscraper. Studio 1A is a multilevel studio. The studio was also used by WNBC's Live at Five, and MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann 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||Vacant||Former home of the Huntley-Brinkley Report, the NBC daytime serial The Doctors, the Today Show, Dateline NBC, NBC Nightly News, and coverage of the 2008 presidential election. 3B is the only studio in the building which has kept its original dimensions since it was constructed in 1933. Nightly News ceased occupying this space in 2017.||3rd floor|
|3C||NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt||Formerly home of NBC Nightly News from November 8, 1999 to October 23, 2011, however the studio's size was decreased significantly during a 2007 renovation. From April 21, 2012 until October 9, 2016, News 4 New York originated from this studio. The network's flagship evening broadcast began using the space again on July 14, 2017.||3rd floor|
|3K||WNBC||3K was formed by combining former radio studio 3F and studio 3H. 3H was the first studio in the building to be converted for television production, being converted in 1935 and serving as NBC Television's lone studio until the conversion of Studio 8G in 1948. Former home of NBC Nightly News, NBC Sports, The Today Show, The Ed Show, The Howdy Doody Show, The Gabby Hayes Show, Early Today, All In with Chris Hayes, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell and Dateline NBC, green screen room for coverage of 2008 presidential election result program for NBC News/MSNBC. Became the home of News 4 New York on October 9, 2016.||3rd floor|
||MSNBC newsroom & studio/Dateline NBC/Early Today||New newsroom and studio for MSNBC, built in spring 2016. Located in the northeast corner of the building, with windows overlooking West 50th St and Rockefeller Plaza and skating rink. The glassed-in studio in the corner is apparently designated Studio 4E, but shows also originate from the various locations in the newsroom area. The studio, also currently the home of the weekend Nightly News, features a giant decorative clock with large gears prominently in the center of the room, next to a stairway connecting to the 3rd and 5th floors.||4th floor|
|Radio Central||Studio, control center and production facility for Monitor, NBC's "weekend radio service," NBC Radio News on the Hour and other programs||5th floor|
|NBC News "Instant News" Studio||A small studio used for breaking news bulletins during the Huntley-Brinkley era. Cameras in this studio were kept "hot" (on) 24 hours a day in case of an emergency. Most notably, network coverage regarding the John F. Kennedy assassination originated from this studio. It was also used for cut-ins regarding the Gemini 5 spaceflight.||5th floor|
|6A||TODAY Third Hour||A former home of Twenty-One, The Tomorrow Show, The David Letterman Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Dr. Oz Show, and NBC Radio Network programs with studio audiences from 1933 to the 1950s, 6A was the first 30 Rock studio to be converted for high definition television. In August 2013, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon moved into this space while Studio 6B underwent renovations for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. From September 2014 to May 2016, Meredith Vieira's daytime talk show, The Meredith Vieira Show, originated from this studio as well. In the summer of 2016, Maya & Marty, a variety show that featured Maya Rudolph and Martin Short also originated from this studio. Megyn Kelly Today then occupied the space from 2017 to 2018. Since Megyn Kelly TODAY was canceled, the TODAY Show uses it for the third hour.||6th floor|
|6B||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||Also the original home of Broadway Open House, Bob Hope's radio program, television version of Texaco Star Theater, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Tonight Starring Jack Paar, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and NBC Nightly News. Former home for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the former 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||WNBC newsroom||The WNBC newsroom and home of WNBC's newscasts from 2008 to 2012. During the time WNBC broadcast news from this space, it did so from a small studio built into space that was formerly a conference room. Since WNBC has moved production of newscasts to Studio 3C in 2012 and Studio 3K in 2016, the studio space in 7E has been converted into additional office space for the WNBC Newsroom.||7th floor|
|8B||Decision 2010 Coverage||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 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, The Jane Pauley Show and Football Night in America, as well as the original Concentration and Jeopardy! which recorded their color episodes on alternating days/weeks 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||Studio 8H was, at the time of construction, the world's largest radio studio. It was converted to television use in 1950 (however, it had hosted television broadcasts prior to conversion, namely for simulcasts of The Voice of Firestone). Former home of Kraft Television Theater and other live dramas, election night coverage, Last Call with Carson Daly, Later with Bob Costas, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. Used for offsite coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics and for the "Live Show" and "Live from Studio 6H" episodes of 30 Rock. 8H was also the temporary home to Football Night in America during the 2013 NFL season.||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, 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, Tic Tac Dough (nighttime), 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. In 2000, the facility was sold to JC Studios, which closed in 2014. In June 2015 the studios were being converted to office space for a social service agency and a self-storage company. (The silent film-era Vitagraph Studios was located directly across East 14th Street, later the Shulamith School for Girls, demolished in 2016 for an apartment tower.
- 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), Mister Peepers, Treasure Hunt). Leased to Videotape Productions of New York (Videotape Center) 1958-1961. Demolished in 1962 for construction of an 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.
- Grumman Studios, Bethpage, New York. Located in the former Grumman Aircraft plant on Long Island. Since 2012 used by NBC for live musicals each December, including The Sound of Music Live, Peter Pan Live, and The Wiz Live.
- Hudson Theatre, 141 West 44th Street (Tonight hosted by Steve Allen (1954–1957)). The theater still stands as part of the Millennium Broadway Hotel. In December 2015 it was announced that the theater will return to Broadway productions in the 2016-17 season.
- 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 Knickerbocker Beer Show a/k/a The Steve Allen Show) on WNBT-TV (1953-1954) (Direct predecessor to Tonight Starring Steve Allen), (The Home Show with Arlene Francis (1954-1957), Concentration (primetime 1958)). Built in 1949 as "9 Television Square" for WOR-TV. Leased to NBC 1953-63, Home to Videotape Center (Videotape Productions of New York studios) (1961-1968—independent production company), Reeves Lincoln Square Studios 1968-70, ABC Studio TV-18/19 (1970 to 1990, production facility for soap opera All My Children, and One Life to Live prior to moving to TV-17). Demolished in 1995. Building originally had three 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. Howdy Doody first episode in 1947 originated here.
- NBC Universal Network Organization Center, 900 Sylvan Avenue (Route 9W), Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, (home of CNBC and CNBC World).
- WNBC-TV's New York Live formerly (LX: NY) was produced in Studio 51 at nearby 75 Rockefeller Plaza, then moved to Studio 3K.
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- Interview with Herb Stempel ().
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- "Milton Delugg Interview". Classic Television Showbiz. 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
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- 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. Archived 2006-02-06 at the Wayback Machine.
- 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 , oldtvtickets.com.
- Ticket for October 3, 1951 telecast of The Freddy Martin Show, oldtvtickets.com.
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- 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.
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