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Library of American Broadcasting to Honor Today Show“Celebration of Giants” luncheon September 15th takes place in New York’s Grand Hyatt Hotel (August 12, 2005)
The Library of American Broadcasting (LAB) will honor NBC’s pioneering morning news and entertainment show, Today, at their third annual “Celebration of Giants” luncheon, Thursday, September 15th, in New York’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.
“Each year, the board of the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) considers recommendations from its members for candidates outside the criteria for individual ‘Giants of Broadcasting’ to recognize a company, program or individual that has made a significant contribution to the industry and the nation,” explained Lucille Luongo, president/CEO of the LABF. “The first of these special tributes, and the only one to date, was presented to President Ronald Reagan in 2004.”
A ratings leader for decades, the Today show has been on for more than 50 years and seems poised to stay close to the hearts of all Americans for the next 50. The brainchild of Sylvester “Pat” Weaver, Today offers viewers a mixture of national news headlines, in-depth interviews with newsmakers, lifestyle features, and an assortment of other light fare. The Today show launched on January 14, 1952, with Dave Garroway as host, assisted by Jack Lescoulie.
The hallmark of Today, since its premiere broadcast, has been its ability to revise an entire edition in order to bring viewers breaking news as it happens - Today delivered immediate coverage of such events as the plane crash of John F. Kennedy, Jr., the tragic high school shootings in Littleton, Colorado, the crash of TWA Flight 800, the death of Princess Diana, the Centennial Park bombing in Atlanta, the Oklahoma City bombing and trials, the death of Gianni Versace and the subsequent search for his killer, and of course, the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers.
Katie Couric and Matt Lauer are Today’s co-anchors while Al Roker and Ann Curry are news anchor and weather and feature reporter respectively in this lively three hour program that broadcasts weekly 7AM to 10AM at Studio 1A at NBC studios in Rockefeller Plaza in New York.
Previous hosts have included Bryant Gumbel, Joe Garagiola, Deborah Norville, Jane Pauley, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters, Hugh Downs, John Chancellor, Frank McGee and Floyd Kalber.
The LAB proclamation reads, “Today” has been broadcast live on the NBC television network for more than 50 years and has brought great favor upon the profession of broadcasting and service to the television public by pioneering the nation’s premiere morning news entertainment show.” An identical proclamation, for permanent display at the LAB, will be presented to Charles Lowry, Dean of Libraries for the University of Maryland, which houses the LAB.
Charles Osgood (Anchor and Poet-in-Residence, CBS News Sunday Morning and CBS Radio network anchor, The Osgood File) will host the luncheon at which tribute will also be paid to Bob Bennett, Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner, Ron Davenport, Sr., Dan Rather, Lucie Salhany, Lester Smith, McHenry (Mac) Tichenor, Jr., Mel Allen, Red Barber, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, Johnny Carson, Gabriel Heatter and Fred Rogers.
The “Celebration of Giants” reception will begin promptly at 11:30 A.M., followed by the luncheon and ceremony at 12:30 P.M. Tickets are $500 each. Inquiries regarding table purchases, commemorative journal ads and event sponsorship should be directed to Jessica Chaikin at (212) 685-4233.
For additional information about the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation, which is headquartered at 21 Seven Bridges Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514, contact President & CEO Lucille Luongo at phone: (914) 238-8292; FAX: (914) 238-9187; or email: [email protected]
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