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'Today' Show Celebrates It's Broadcasting Anniversary — Look through Its Memorable Anchors

Afouda Bamidele
Jan 15, 2021
07:15 A.M.

NBC's "Today" show has achieved another milestone as the daily news program marked its 69th anniversary with a throwback picture on Instagram.

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For most people, January 14 is just another day on the calendar, but for NBC's popular news program, the "Today" show, it is a day worth celebrating. The TV show marked its 69th anniversary with a sweet picture on Instagram.

The show shared a throwback image of Dave Garroway, and it captured the program's late anchor delivering the news at the studio. The image gave fans a good view of the studio with vintage equipment such as the camera and news board.

Savannah Guthrie, Craig Melvin and Hoda Kotb at Today - Season 66 on Friday, October 6, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

Savannah Guthrie, Craig Melvin and Hoda Kotb at Today - Season 66 on Friday, October 6, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

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The most interesting and significant part of the black and white picture wasn't just the late anchor in his prime but the date on the news board, which read "January 14, 1952."

While some fans expressed their love for Garroway, the majority flooded the comment section with congratulatory messages. The fan-favorite post's caption also confirmed it was the show's 69th anniversary with the words:

"The first TODAY Show broadcast aired on this day in 1952."

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In 2019, Kathie Lee Gifford left the show and her final episode on the program was filled with the love and support.

Since 1952, the iconic news program has only grown with age alongside its sensational hosts and anchors. Some of the show's most recognized faces include Katie Couric, who joined the program as a national political correspondent in 1989.

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The 64-year-old began her career as a co-host before becoming the main host after Deborah Norville left in 1991. While "Today" hosts are known for leaving, Al Roker remains a constant part of the show since 1996 as the weather anchor.

But there are no good moments without ba, and the show has experienced both. In 2017, the NBC program fired its longtime host Matt Lauer due to multiple sexual harassment allegations.

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Before this, Ann Curry left the show with a tearful goodbye in 2012, and the reason for her departure was allegedly due to bullying. However, that year also marked the time the NBC program was the first to broadcast the 2012 Summer Olympics.

In 2019, Kathie Lee Gifford left the show, and her final episode on the program was filled with the love and support of her co-hosts, who proudly praised the TV personality's career and achievements.

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The 67-year-old has reportedly spent over a decade on "Today," and her final moments were honored by her longtime co-host, Hoda Kotb, who joined the mother-of-two in recreating their first entrance on the program.

Kotb currently works on the "Today" show alongside Jenna Bush Hager. The pair returned to the program's studio last year after months of social distancing due to the Coronavirus.

Hager confessed to sources that she was happy to be back on set as it was hard for her to film the show at home with her children's presence. However, the 39-year-old found it weird going to work without the usual crowd of people.

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