Holidays seems like a terrific time to be a tourist, even for a native New Yorker! Since 1933, NBC guides have been guiding visitors on a behind the scenes look at NBC's New York operations. The hour-long tour takes in some of the world's most famous studios, including:
Studio 1A - home of the Today show
Studio 3A - home of the NBC Nightly News
Studio 3B - home of Dateline NBC
Studio 3K - home of NBC Sports
Studio 6A - home of Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Studio 8H - home of Saturday Night Live
Tracing radio and television back to 1933, the tour brings some of NBC's classic programs back to life -- programs that were created in the same studios that bring us today's entertainment. I've been on this tour many times and never tire of hearing the little bits historical history which are shared by the tour guides.
Tours are conducted in a working facility, and visitors may catch a glimpse of a show in production or even run into a famous NBC personality. I actually saw former Today show co-host Bryant Gumbel on one of these visits. Indeed, the tour guide might be a celebrity in the making. Michael Eisner, Steve Allen, Kate Jackson, Regis Philbin, Ted Koppel, Marcy Carsey, Dave Garroway and Willard Scott all were NBC Pages in their early days.
Call ahead for group reservations.