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

Live on Our Stage!

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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
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
the world.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tenleytown Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 56.473′ N, 77° 4.979′ W. Marker is in American University Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Nebraska Avenue Northwest south of Van Ness Street Northwest, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4001 Nebraska Ave Northwest, Washington DC 20016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Winning the War (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Church of the Covenant World War I Memorial (about 600 feet away); Society of Colonial Wars World War I Memorial (about 600 feet away); The National Presbyterian Church World War II Memorial (about 700 feet away); For the Children (about 800 feet away); American University (approx. ¼ mile away); General Artemas Ward Monument (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map 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 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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Live on Our Stage! Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 19, 2011
3. Live on Our Stage! Marker
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.
Close-up of photo on marker
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.
Close-up of photo on marker
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
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.
Close-up of photo on marker
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
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2020. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 897 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on May 6, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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