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Today in Media History: ‘Well here we are…’ the Today show premiered in 1952

On January 14, 1952, the Today show premiered with host Dave Garroway.

He began with the following words:

“Well here we are, and good morning to you. The very first good morning of what I hope and suspect will be a great many good mornings between you and me. Here it is, January 14, 1952, when NBC begins a new program called Today and, if it doesn’t sound too revolutionary, I really believe this begins a new kind of television.”

7:00 a.m. EST.
The first nine minutes of the first Today show:

“The show’s first broadcast aired on January 14, 1952. It was the brainchild of Sylvester L. Weaver, Jr., who was then vice-president of NBC. Weaver was president of the company from 1953 to 1955, during which time Today’s late-night companion The Tonight Show premiered. In pre-production, the show’s proposed title was The Rise and Shine Revue.

Today was the first show of its genre when it signed on with original host Dave Garroway.

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