Special Editions Of The Today Show In The Early 1950s

The Today Show is one of the most beloved televised shows that air in America. It is presented each and every single morning on NBC. The show debuted on January 14, 1952 and it was a total premiere, as no other television in the world had such a show. Initially it was only in weekdays, but in time it was prolonged. The creator of Today is Sylvester L. Weaver Jr. and working on it in present are Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Natalie Morales, Al Rocker, Willard Scott, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie.

In the first years of the show, there were several special editions that remained in the memory of the public. The first edition of this type was on February 6, 1952, at less than a month after the launch of the show. King George VI of Britain died that day and all the schedule was left aside to debate this topic. In March, NBC made a special edition with Time Magazine and the first half hour of the March 31st edition was anchored by Jim Fleming, Jack Lescoulie and Dave Garroway. July had the last special edition of the first year of Today. Since July 21 to July 26, Chicago was the host of a special event, Democratic National Convention. With this opportunity, Garroway anchored the show from Chicago, to make sure all the Americans have the chance to see the convention. The audience was estimated at about 70,000,000 people.

1953 came with a special event, thus special Today edition immediately after the show had one year. On January 20, the first inauguration of new president Dwight Eisenhower took place and Jim Fleming was in New York to present all that happened there. For the first time in the history of television, a Vidicon portable TV camera was used, by NBC special correspondent Merrill Mueller. When Joseph Stalin died in March, the Today Show aired another special edition. The anchors of the show were the first to talk about the Soviet leader’s death, thanks to the time difference between Moscow and New York. Until mid 1950s, it was just one more special edition of Today. On June 2, 1953, the coronation of Elisabeth II took place and NBC collaborated with BBC for a special transmission of the important event. Commentary and analysis was made on the topic and the show had a huge audience.