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Today (also referred to as The Today Show) is an American morning news and talk show airing every morning on NBC. Debuting on January 14, 1952, it was the first of its genre, spawning similar morning news and entertainment television programs across the United States and around the world. The show is also the third-longest running American television series. Originally a two-hour program on weekdays, it expanded to Sundays (currently one hour) in 1987 and Saturdays (two hours) in 1992. The weekday broadcast expanded to three hours in 2000, and a fourth hour launched in 2007.

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. The show blended national news headlines, in-depth interviews with newsmakers, lifestyle features, other light news and gimmicks (including the presence of the chimpanzee J. Fred Muggs as the show's mascot during the early years), and local station news updates. It has spawned several other shows of a similar type, including ABC's Good Morning America, and CBS' The Early Show. In other countries the format was copied – most notably in the United Kingdom with the BBC's Breakfast and ITV's Good Morning Britain and in Canada with Canada AM on CTV.

When Today started, it was seen live only in the Eastern and Central time zones, broadcasting three hours per morning but seen for only two hours in each time zone. Later, Today aired live for five hours a morning on Monday morning, but it was seen for only two consecutive hours in each of the four U.S. continental time zones. Since 1958, Today is tape-delayed for the different time zones. For many years it was a two-hour program from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in all time zones except for Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. Virgin Islands, until NBC expanded it to three hours on October 2, 2000. A fourth hour was added on September 10, 2007. In some markets (such as Boston, Massachusetts, on WHDH-TV), the third and fourth hours of Today are aired on further tape delay.

During the first three hours, local affiliates are offered a five-minute window at :25 and :55 to insert a local newsbreak, although the show provides additional segments for those affiliates who do not do so.

When breaking news stories warrant, Today will broadcast a live West Coast edition. The live updates typically do not last longer than the 7:00 a.m. (PT) hour and once completed, will return to the taped East Coast feed. When the anchors welcome the viewers to the show, they will note the current time as being "Pacific Time" and continue to note it as such until the tape delay is started. In some instances, when NBC Special Reports occur during the Today timeslot, the show's anchors will assume hosting responsibilities.

Highlights
Katie Couric on her first day on Today
Hugh Downs on Dave Garroway's style on Today
Florence Henderson on being a "Today Girl" on Today
Al Roker on replacing Willard Scott on Today
Jane Pauley on auditioning for Today and getting the job as co-host
Who talked about this show

Steve Allen

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Steve Allen on Pat Weaver deciding to bring The Steve Allen Show to network and re-titling it Tonight

Charlie Andrews

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Charlie Andrews on joining Today
Charlie Andrews on how he came to work with Dave Garroway on Today
Charlie Andrews on "J. Fred Muggs," the monkey on Today
Charlie Andrews on moving from Chicago to New York to write for Today and writing for Dave Garroway's radio show "Dial Dave Garroway"
Charlie Andrews on working for Today creator Sylvester L. Weaver (Pat Weaver)
Charlie Andrews on the early format and staff of Today hosted by Dave Garroway
Charlie Andrews on the differences between writing for Garroway at Large in Chicago and Today in New York, and working with the directors of those shows
Charlie Andrews on working for Today producer Mort Werner
Charlie Andrews on leaving Today

Rona Barrett

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Rona Barrett on moving over to Today (The Today Show)

Harvey Bullock

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Harvey Bullock on working with Dave Garroway on the Today show and on meeting his wife while working on the show

Julia Child

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Julia Child on her appearance on the Today show while promoting her book

Connie Chung

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Connie Chung on filling in for Jane Pauley on Today

Shecky Greene with Emerson College

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Shecky Greene on his comedic persona, and on appearing on Today with Katie Couric

Joan Ganz Cooney

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Joan Ganz Cooney on Pat Weaver's creation of and advertising structure on The Tonight Show and Today

Bob Costas

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Bob Costas on filling in on Today

Katie Couric

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Katie Couric on her first day on Today
Katie Couric on getting hired for Today
Katie Couric on what she learned from Today

Judith Crist

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Judith Crist on memories of appearing on Today
Judith Crist on Al Morgan inviting her to be movie critic for Today
Judith Crist on her appearances on Today
Judith Crist on reviewing "Cleopatra" and not enjoying Elizabeth Taylor's performance
Judith Crist on her time as a film critic on Today
Judith Crist on the format of her reviews on television; on wearing wigs and who her audience was
Judith Crist on interviewing Federico Fellini on Today
Judith Crist on why she left Today

Michael Dann

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Michael Dann on station managers not believing people would get up early enough to watch Today
Michael Dann on Pat Weaver and the creation of Today, The Home Show, and The Tonight Show

Hugh Downs

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Hugh Downs on Dave Garroway's style on Today
Hugh Downs on being offered the role of host of Today
Hugh Downs on hosting Today and turning down other television offers
Hugh Downs on why he was drawn to hosting Today
Hugh Downs on his versatility and changes to the format on Today
Hugh Downs on his preparations for hosting Today
Hugh Downs on memorable interviews he conducted on Today
Hugh Downs on leaving Today in 1971
Hugh Downs on how Today evolved during his tenure on the program
Hugh Downs on "The Today Girl" on Today

Linda Ellerbee

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Linda Ellerbee on co-hosting Today for one week

Reuven Frank

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Reuven Frank on dealing with Today during his second stint as President of NBC News

Julian Goodman

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Julian Goodman on working on the first episode of Today

Herb Granath

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Herb Granath on how Pat Weaver started The Today Show, The Tonight Show and The Home Show

Earl Hamner, Jr.

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Earl Hamner on working as a writer on the early Today shows

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on being a "Today Girl" on Today
Florence Henderson on working with host Dave Garroway on Today
Florence Henderson on working with NBC's Pat Weaver 
Florence Henderson on the hosts during her run as a "Today Girl" on Today
Florence Henderson on working on Today when Charles Van Doren was a correspondent
Florence Henderson on working on Later Today
Florence Henderson on co-hosting Later Today, which airs immediately after Today

Lynwood King

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Lynwood King on how he came to direct Today with Dave Garroway, and on Garroway's difficulties doing a show in the morning
Lynwood King on how the Today format changed over the years, from Dave Garroway's tenure to the then-present
Lynwood King on the various features of Today during his tenure, including the chimp J. Fred Muggs
Lynwood King on his schedule directing Today, and on some of the most memorable guests during his tenure including Dick Van Dyke, Lucille Ball, Dirk Bogarde, Harpo Marx, and Arlene Francis
Lynwood King on Dave Garroway's skill as an interviewer on Today
Lynwood King on on producer Robert Bendick being fired from Today, and on Dave Garroway being replaced as host
Lynwood King on Dave Garroway being replaced as the host of Today with John Chancellor
Lynwood King on being dismissed from Today, and moving on to direct the NBC News documentary series Project XX

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on being unit manager for Today

Bill Monroe

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Bill Monroe on working with NBC News president Reuven Frank, and on working for Today
Bill Monroe on his letters segment on Today

Estelle Parsons

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Estelle Parsons on working with Dave Garroway and Jim Flemming on Today
Estelle Parsons on being hired as a producer and commentator for Today
Estelle Parsons on Dave Garroway being hired for Today, and on the show going live
Estelle Parsons on going in front of the camera on Today
Estelle Parsons on how she was treated as a woman on the Today set
Estelle Parsons on the addition of J. Fred Muggs to Today
Estelle Parsons on being a "Today Girl" on Today, and on her day-to-day activities on the show
Estelle Parsons on signing a loyalty oath during her time on Today and on auditioning for The Actors Studio
Estelle Parsons on returning to Today, and on various other jobs she did for NBC
Estelle Parsons on the challenges of appearing live on Today
Estelle Parsons on leaving Today, and on appearing on the stage

Jane Pauley

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Jane Pauley on auditioning for Today and getting the job as co-host
Jane Pauley on leaving Today in 1989
Jane Pauley on being perplexed as to how she was hired for Today
Jane Pauley on being comfortable in front of the camera on Today
Jane Pauley on her similarity to Barbara Walters
Jane Pauley on her approach to co-hosting Today
Jane Pauley on the format of Today when she joined
Jane Pauley on co-hosting Today with Tom Brokaw
Jane Pauley on technical difficulties on Today
Jane Pauley on Bryant Gumbel taking over for Tom Brokaw on Today
Jane Pauley on memorable stories she covered on Today
Jane Pauley on dealing with her pregnancy and motherhood on air
Jane Pauley on her relationship with Today co-anchor Bryant Gumbel

Al Roker

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Al Roker on replacing Willard Scott on Today
Al Roker on getting hired to do weather on the Sunday version of Today; on moving to Saturday
Al Roker on finding his place on Today; on how his role has changed over the years; on his favorite moments on the show
Al Roker on a typical day on Today; on rules for Today
Al Roker on covering weather on location for Today; on covering 9/11 for Today
Al Roker on his Today colleague Matt Lauer

Tim Russert

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Tim Russert on becoming an NBC News executive and overseeing Today

Max Schindler

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Max Schindler on directing Today from Washington, DC
Max Schindler on dealing with Today's schedule and his family life

Bob Vila

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Bob Vila on serving as a correspondent for Today and The CBS Early Show

Barbara Walters

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Barbara Walters on joining the Today show and her first assignments there as a writer, and later as a reporter
Barbara Walters on the live aspect of the Today show and the excitement of live television in general
Barbara Walters on working with host Dave Garroway on the Today show
Barbara Walters on her Today show colleagues: Frank Blair, Jack Lescoulie, Joe Garagiola, John Chancellor, Ed Newman, and Hugh Downs
Barbara Walters on covering first-lady Jacqueline Kennedy's overseas trip for the Today show
Barbara Walters on her rise to becoming co-host of the Today show

Betty White

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Betty White on turning down a chance to work on the Today show

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on Jane Pauley offering him a job on Today
Jeff Zucker on his first job at Today and the tumultuous atmosphere of the show at that time
Jeff Zucker on his rise to Executive Producer of Today and the hiring of Katie Couric
Jeff Zucker on his vision and innovations as Executive Producer of Today
Jeff Zucker on how he negotiated with the network to take chances and skip commercials while Executive Producer at Today
Jeff Zucker on why Today was such a good fit for him as a Producer
Jeff Zucker on a typical day of production for Today
Jeff Zucker on his management style as Executive Producer at Today
Jeff Zucker on Matt Lauer replacing Bryant Gumbel as co-host of Today
Jeff Zucker on his pride in Today and its success during his tenure as Executive Producer
Jeff Zucker on Katie Couric leaving Today and being replaced by Meredith Viera

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