Tue, 11/06/2007

"Meet the Press" Celebrates 60 Years on Television

Network television's oldest show, Meet the Press, debuted on NBC on November 6, 1947. The guest on this first show was James A. Farley, former postmaster general under Franklin D. Roosevelt and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee; the show was created by Laurence E. Spivak and Martha Roundtree (who served as moderator). Meet the Press made its radio debut in 1945. The series moved around the week in its first few years but since 1950 has been a Sunday staple, as Tim Russert's tagline suggests: "If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press."

The Archive of American Television has interviewed several members of the team responsible for the show over the years and we're happy to highlight two of these interviews: