NBC NY STUDIOS, PART 1…THE MASTER TIME LINE LIST
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“The History Of NBC New York Television Studios, 1935-1956”
This is the first ever, known, chronological listing of the conversions of NBC’s Radio City studios. Included in this exclusive Eyes Of A Generation time line, are the outside performance theaters and their conversion dates to NBC Television theaters. With the exception of long gone NBC Engineering documents, this compilation gives us the clearest and most concise guide yet to the production and technical operations of television’s early days and the network that pioneered so much of the new medium.
These dates may vary some from previous historical accounts. As I have recently discovered and written about here in the past few days, some shows inside Radio City were shot by the NBC mobile units. There were broadcasts coming from NBC radio studios as simulcast or stand alone television productions prior to that particular studio being converted to exclusive television use.
For instance, it is known that ‘The Voice Of Firestone’ was telecast from 8H as early as 1943. It was first seen on the NBC television network in April 1944 and continued sporadically until January 1947 as an in house remote because 8H was not converted till three years later, and with the size of the orchestra and audience, that was the only studio big enough to handle the show.
The dates here are the first known uses of these studios as dedicated television studios, that is, after undergoing major engineering and structural renovations to install lights, stages and control rooms.
In the following day, photos , video, rare documents and detailed information on each studio will be posted here. I, and Eyes Of A Generation, would like to offer our thanks to the many that helped, but most especially to Frank Merklein (NBC 1947-1961) Joel Spector (NBC 1965-2001), Dennis Degan (NBC 2003 to present), historian David Schwartz (GSN) and Gady Reinhold (CBS 1946 to present) for their help. Bobby Ellerbee
1st Television Facility and 1st Studio Converted
Studio 3H…1935 (This became 3K September 12, 1955): 3rd Floor, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
2nd Television Facility
5F… Film/Telecine 1936 : 5th Floor, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
2nd Conversion and 2nd Studio
Studio 8G…April 22, 1948 : 8th Floor, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
3rd & 4th Conversion and 3rd & 4th Studios
Studios 3A and 3B… Summer of 1948 : 3rd Floor, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
5th Conversion and 5th Studio
Studio 6B… June 9, 1948 : 6th Floor, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
International Theater…January 29, 1949 : 5 Columbus Circle
7th, 8th & 9th Studios
Uptown Studios December 1948 : 105 E 106th St
6th Conversion and 10th Studio
Studio 6A…May 29, 1950 : 6th Floor, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
7th Conversion and 11th Studio
Studio 8H…January 30, 1950 : 8th Floor, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Hudson Theater… Sept 25 1950 : 145 W 44th Street
Center Theater…November 25, 1950 : 1230 Sixth Avenue
New Amsterdam…September 19, 1951 : 214 W 42nd Street
Colonial Theater…November 8, 1952 : 1887 Broadway
NBC 67th Street Studios, 1953-1961 : 101 West 67th Street
Studio 5H…December 1953 : 5th Floor, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
NBC Brooklyn Studio I… November 12, 1954 : 1268 East 14th Street
The Century Theater 1954…June 1, 1954 : 932 Seventh Avenue at West 58th Street
Ziegfeld Theater…Sept 22, 1956 : 1347 Sixth avenue and 54th Street
NBC Brooklyn II…Fall 1956 : 1268 East 14th Street
Here is a rare color image from NBC Television’s first days of operation at the 1939 World’s Fair. Enjoy!