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American University Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Live on Our Stage!

Top of the Town

 

—Tenleytown Heritage Trail —

 
Live on Our Stage! Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 19, 2011
1. Live on Our Stage! Marker
Inscription. When NBC radio and television and its local affiliate, WRC, moved to these new headquarters in 1958, the average TV screen measured 12 inches. The facility opened with six studios—three TV and three radio. Soon history happened here.

On October 7, 1960, some 70 million viewers watched as NBC broadcast the second televised presidential debate, with candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy facing four reporters. It was widely reported that Nixon used makeup to cover his 5 o’clock shadow, better to compete with the tanned and telegenic young Senator Kennedy.

Also in these TV studios, former University of Maryland student Jim Henson introduced a green puppet named Kermit to the world, leading to a regular show on WRC called Sam and Friends. Over the years, high school whiz kids have competed to answer Mac McGarry’s questions on WRC’s It’s Academic. Here the much-imitated Meet the Press got its start. The radio studios launched “the Joy Boys,” former American University students Ed Walker and Willard Scott, whose antics were beamed regionally and to armed forces stationed around the world.

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Tenelytown’s story begins with Native American footpaths that crossed at the highest natural elevation in what became
Live on Our Stage! Marker, Reverse image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 19, 2011
2. Live on Our Stage! Marker, Reverse
Washington, DC. European settlers broadened the paths into roads, and in the late 1700s the enterprising John Tennally opened a tavern at the intersection of today’s Wisconsin Avenue and River Road. Soon a community known as Tennallytown surrounded the tavern. Until the early 1880s Tennallytown remained a village amid rural Washington County, where about a dozen tightly knit and often inter-married families dominated daily life. Then modern transportation made Tenleytown easily accessible to downtown and pushed it into the 20th century.

Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail shows you where, during the Civil War, the Union Army created Fort Reno. See where a mostly African American community grew up on—and eventually was erased from—the grounds of the old fort. Discover traces of Tenleytown’s rural past. Witness the neighborhood’s important role in both world wars. And discover where legendary TV and radio personalities got their starts.

Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail is an Official Washington, DC Walking Trail. The self-guided tour of 19 signs, just under three miles, offers about two hours of gentle exercise.

Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail, a free booklet capturing the trail’s highlights, is available in both English and Spanish language editions at local businesses and institutions
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By J. J. Prats, March 19, 2011
3. Live on Our Stage! Marker
along the way. To learn about other DC neighborhoods, please visit www.CulturalTourismDC.org.

Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail is produced by Linda Donavan Harper, Alisha Bell, Laura Brower, Mara Cherkasky, Sarah Fairbrother, Helen Gineris, Elizabeth Goldberg, Carmen Harris, Pamela Jafari, Jane Freundel Levey, Akilah Luke, Yillah Rosenfeld, Leon Seemann, Frank Stewart, and Pat Wheeler of Cultural Tourism DC in collaboration with the District Department of Transportation, the Washington Convention and Sports Authority, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Tenleytown Neighbors Association, the Tenleytown Historical Society, and the Tenleytown Heritage Trail Working Group. Special thanks to Working Group Chair Carolyn Long and Historian Carole Abrams Kolker, and Working Group Members Pat Morders Armbruster, Ed Ashe, Lynn Bergfalk, Cheryl Browning, L.S. "Bill" Chamberlain, Jr., Rev. Dr. Ronald Conner, Gerald Cooke, B.F. Cooling, Jennifer Harry Cullen, Harriet Dwinell, Kenneth Faulstich, Fred Gore, Jean Gore, Frank Haendler Jason Hegy, Sherry Houghton, Donald J. Hunter, Susan Jaquet, Deborah Jaquiss, James Johnston, Karol "Noonie" Keane, Mary Alice and Richard Levine, Aaron Lloyd, South T. Lynn, Bernard McDermott, Jean M. Pablo, the late Matt Pavuk, Dick Randall, Kathryn Ray, Chris Schumann, Sterling Scroggins, Carolyn Sherman, Diane
Nixon and Kennedy image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 3, 2015
4. Nixon and Kennedy
The second Kennedy-Nixon debate, moderated by Frank McGee, at the NBC studio here October 7, 1960.
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Tamayo, Marvin Tievsky, Rhoda Trooboff, Jane Waldmann, Cathy Wiss, and Doug Wonderlic.

Thank you also to ANCs 3E and 3F, Jim Anderson, Jean Bathurst, Brian Bowers, Yvonne Carignan, Jane Charter, Dustin Davis, John and Linda Derrick, James Embrey, Kathleen Franz, Pamela Gardner, Matt Glassman, Nicole Goldman, Mark Greek, Ashley Hair, Jeannette Harper, Ron Harvey, Faye Haskins, Mary Herbert, Judith Helm, Bill Jarrett, Joel Kemelhor, Maryanne Ball Kendall, Brian Kraft, Susan and Greg Lewis, Camille Martone, Lisa McCarty, Susan McElrath, Alison McWilliams, Eda Offutt, Elvi Moore, Anne Manoukian Page, Eddy Palanzo, Lewis Parker, Khalim Piankhi, Brian Porto, Bill Reeves, Priscilla D. Ricker, Nelson Rimensnyder, Donna Burrows Rose, Kathryn S. Smith, Barbara D. Tate, Barry Tillman, Rebecca Trachtman, Emma Byrum Weaver, Hayden Wetzel, Jerry Wheat, and Bruce Yarnall.

Photo of Fort Reno Park water towers (1928) on each sign appears courtesy, The Washington Post.
(Marker shows a copyright dated 2010.) Design by Karol A. Keane Design, Map by Bowring Cartographic.

 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 18.)
 
Location. 38° 56.473′ N, 77° 4.98′ W. Marker is in American University Park, District of Columbia
Huntley and Brinkley image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 3, 2015
5. Huntley and Brinkley
NBC anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley prepare to cover President Nixon’s first inauguration, 1969.
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, in Washington. Marker is on Nebraska Avenue south of Van Ness Street, N.W., on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4001 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington DC 20016, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Winning the War (within shouting distance of this marker); For the Children (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); American University (approx. ¼ mile away); General Artemas Ward Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); To the Rescue (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Wesley (approx. 0.4 miles away); On the Circle (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Spirit of Community (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in American University Park.
 
More about this marker. There are a number of photographs on the marker. Clockwise starting top left, captions read:
♦ The second Kennedy-Nixon debate, left, moderated by Frank McGee, ad the NBC studio here October 7, 1960. ♦ Above, NBC anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley prepare to cover President Nixon’s first inauguration, 1969.
♦ “ ‘The Joy Boys,’ Ed Walker and Willard Scott, on air at WRC-radio, 1972. ‘We are the Joy boys of radio, we chase electrons to and fro . . .’ ”
♦ “WRC-TV anchor Jim Vance interviews Rosa Parks, late 1980s.”
♦ “Tim Russert moderates
The Joy Boys image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 3, 2015
6. The Joy Boys
“The Joy Boys,” Ed Walker and Willard Scott, on air at WRC-radio, 1972. “We are the Joy boys of radio, we chase electrons to and fro . . .
Close-up of photo on marker
Meet the Press here, 2007.”
♦ “The 1970 Wilson High School It’s Academic team with host Mac McGarry. The how has been produced at WRC in Tenleytown since 1961.” ♦ Alongside is a photograph of Mac McGarry.
♦ “New WRC-NBC studios under construction, ca. 1958”.
♦ The caption on the large photograph on the reverse (common) face of the marker reads, “Jim and Jane Henson with Muppets Sam, Yorick, Kermit and Harry the Hipster, late 1950s.”
 
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Jim Vance and Rosa Parks image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 3, 2015
7. Jim Vance and Rosa Parks
WRC-TV anchor Jim Vance interviews Rosa Parks, late 1980s.
Close-up of photo on marker
Tim Russert - Meet the Press image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 3, 2015
8. Tim Russert - Meet the Press
Tim Russert moderates Meet the Press here, 2007.
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It's Academic - Mac McGarry. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 3, 2015
9. It's Academic - Mac McGarry.
The 1970 (corrected to 1979) Wilson High School It’s Academic team with host Mac McGarry. The show has been produced at WRC in Tenleytown since 1961.
Close-up of photo on marker
WRC-NBC Studios image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 3, 2015
10. WRC-NBC Studios
New WRC-NBC studios under construction, ca. 1958.
Close-up of photo on marker
 NBCUniversal image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 3, 2015
11.  NBCUniversal
Jim and Jane Henson image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 3, 2015
12. Jim and Jane Henson
Jim and Jane Henson with Muppets Sam, Yorick, Kermit and Harry the Hipster, late 1950s.
Close-up of photo on marker
You are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 3, 2015
13. You are Here
Tenleytown Heritage Trail
Close-up of map on marker
 nbc 4 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 3, 2015
14.  nbc 4
4001 Nebraska Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 700 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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