WNBC, virtual channel 4, is the flagship station of the NBC television network, licensed to New York City and serving the New York metropolitan area. It is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal and operates as part of a television duopoly with WNJU. WNBC's studios are co-located with NBC's corporate headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown Manhattan and its transmitter is located at One World Trade Center. WNBC holds the distinction as the oldest continuously operating commercial television station in the United States. In the few areas of the eastern United States where an NBC station is not receivable over-the-air, WNBC is available on satellite via DirecTV, it is carried on Dish Network and certain cable providers in markets where an NBC affiliate is unavailable. The station is carried via WKAQ-DT3 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. DirecTV allows subscribers in Greater Los Angeles to receive WNBC for an additional monthly fee. What is now WNBC traces its history to experimental station W2XBS, founded by the Radio Corporation of America, in 1928, just two years after NBC was founded as the first nationwide radio network.
A test bed for the experimental RCA Photophone theater television system, W2XBS used the low-definition mechanical television scanning system, was used for reception and interference tests. The call letters W2XBS meant W2XB-south, with W2XB being the call letters of the first experimental station, started a few months earlier at General Electric's main factory in Schenectady, New York, which evolved into today's WRGB. GE was the parent company of both RCA and NBC, technical research was done at the Schenectady plant; the station broadcast on the frequencies of 2.0 to 2.1 megahertz. In 1929, W2XBS upgraded its transmitter and broadcast facilities to handle transmissions of sixty vertical lines at twenty frames per second, on the frequencies of 2.75 to 2.85 megahertz. In 1928, Felix the Cat was one of the first images broadcast by television when RCA chose a papier-mâché Felix doll for an experimental broadcast on W2XBS; the doll was chosen for its tonal contrast and its ability to withstand the intense lights needed in early television and was placed on a rotating phonograph turntable and televised for about two hours each day.
The doll remained on the turntable for nearly a decade as RCA fine-tuned the picture's definition, converted to electronic television. The station left the air sometime in 1933 as RCA turned its attention to all-electronic cathode ray tube television research at its Camden, New Jersey facility, under the leadership of Dr. Vladimir K. Zworykin. In 1935, the all-electronic CRT system was authorized as a "field test" project and NBC converted a radio studio in the RCA Building in New York City's Rockefeller Center for television use. In mid-1936, small-scale, irregularly scheduled programming began to air to an audience of some 75 receivers in the homes of high-level RCA staff, a dozen or so sets in a closed circuit viewing room in 52nd-floor offices of the RCA Building; the viewing room hosted visiting organizations or corporate guests, who saw a live program produced in the studios many floors below. Viewership of early NBC broadcasts was restricted to those authorized by the company, whose installed set base reached about 200.
Technical standards for television broadcasting were in flux as well. Between the time experimental transmissions began in 1935 and the beginning of commercial television service in 1941, picture definition increased from 343 to 441 lines, to the 525-line standard used for analog television from the start of full commercial service until the end of analog broadcasts in mid-2009; the sound signal was changed from AM to FM, the spacing of sound and vision carriers was changed several times. Shortly after NBC began a semi-regular television transmission schedule in 1938, DuMont Laboratories announced TV sets for sale to the public, a move that RCA was saving for the opening of the World's Fair on April 30, 1939, the day that scheduled television programming was to begin in New York on NBC with much fanfare. In response, NBC ceased all TV broadcasting for several weeks until RCA sets went on sale and regular NBC telecasts commenced the day the fair opened; as W2XBS broadcasting on "Channel 1", the station scored numerous "firsts", including the first televised Broadway drama, live news event covered by mobile unit, live telecast of a Presidential speech, the first live telecasts of college and Major League Baseball, the first telecast of a National Football League game, the first telecast of a National Hockey League game, the first network telecast of a political convention seen on W3XE Philadelphia and W2XB Schenectady, NY, the broadcast of the feature film The Crooked Circle on June 18, 1940.
But in August 1940, W2XBS transmissions were temporarily put on hold, as "Channel 1" was reassigned by the FCC to 50-56 MHz and technical adjustments needed to be made for the conversion. The station returned to the air in October, just in time to broadcast Franklin D. Roosevelt's second and final appearance on live television, when his speech at Madison Square Garden on October 28, 1940 was telecast over W2XBS. On June 24, 1941, W2XBS received a commercial license under the calls WNBT, thus becoming one
MSNBC is an American pay television network that provides news coverage and political commentary from NBC News on current events. MSNBC is owned by the NBCUniversal News Group, a unit of the NBCUniversal Television Group division of NBCUniversal. MSNBC and its website were founded in 1996 under a partnership between Microsoft and General Electric's NBC unit, hence the network's naming. Although they had the same name, msnbc.com and MSNBC maintained separate corporate structures and news operations. Msnbc.com was headquartered on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington while MSNBC operated out of NBC's headquarters in New York City. Microsoft divested its stakes in the MSNBC channel in 2005 and in msnbc.com in July 2012. The general news site was rebranded as NBCNews.com, a new msnbc.com was created as the online home of the cable channel. In the late summer of 2015, MSNBC revamped its programming. MSNBC sought to sharpen its news image by entering into a dual editorial relationship with its organizational parent NBC News.
MSNBC Live, the network's flagship daytime news platform, was expanded to cover over eight hours of the day. Phil Griffin is the president and director of day-to-day operations at MSNBC. Pat Burkey, Janelle Rodriguez, Jonathan Wald oversee programming and news operations, with Brian Williams serving as the channel's chief anchor of breaking news coverage; as of February 2015 94,531,000 households in the United States were receiving MSNBC. Commentators have described MSNBC as having a bias towards left-leaning politics and the Democratic Party. In November 2007, a New York Times article stated that MSNBC's prime-time lineup is tilting more to the left. Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz, while in the same role at The Washington Post, stated that the channel's evening lineup "has gravitated to the left in recent years and seems to regard itself as the antithesis of Fox News". MSNBC was established under a strategic partnership between Microsoft. NBC executive Tom Rogers was instrumental in developing this partnership.
James Kinsella, a Microsoft executive, served as president of the online component, MSNBC.com, represented the tech company in the joint venture. Microsoft invested $221 million for a 50 percent share of the cable channel. MSNBC and Microsoft shared the cost of a $200 million newsroom in Secaucus, New Jersey, for msnbc.com. The network took over the channel space of NBC's 2-year-old America's Talking network, although in most cases cable carriage had to be negotiated with providers who had never carried AT. MSNBC was launched on July 15, 1996; the first show was anchored by Jodi Applegate and included news and commentary. During the day, rolling news coverage continued with The Contributors, a show that featured Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham, as well as interactive programming coordinated by Applegate, John Gibson, John Seigenthaler. Stories were longer and more detailed than the stories CNN was running. NBC highlighted their broadcast connections by airing stories directly from NBC's network affiliates, along with breaking news coverage from the same sources.
MSNBC increased its emphasis on politics. After completing its seven-year survey of cable channels, the Project for Excellence in Journalism said in 2007 that, "MSNBC is moving to make politics a brand, with a large dose of opinion and personality."In January 2001, Mike Barnicle's MSNBC show started, but it was canceled in June 2001 because of high production costs. In June, Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer said that he would not have started MSNBC had he foreseen the difficulty of attracting viewers. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, NBC used MSNBC as an outlet for the up-to-the-minute coverage being provided by NBC News as a supplement to the longer stories on broadcast NBC. With little financial news to cover, CNBC and CNBC Europe ran MSNBC for many hours each day following the attacks; the year boosted the profile of Ashleigh Banfield, present during the collapse of Building 7 while covering the World Trade Center on September 11. Her Region In Conflict program capitalized on her newfound celebrity and showcased exclusive interviews from Afghanistan.
In the aftermath of September 11, MSNBC began calling itself "America’s NewsChannel" and hired opinionated hosts like Alan Keyes, Phil Donahue, Pat Buchanan, Tucker Carlson. On December 23, 2005, NBC Universal announced its acquisition of an additional 32 percent share of MSNBC from Microsoft, which solidified its control over television operations and allowed NBC to further consolidate MSNBC's backroom operations with NBC News and its other cable properties. NBC exercised its option to purchase Microsoft's remaining 18 percent interest in MSNBC. In late 2005, MSNBC began attracting liberal and progressive viewers as Keith Olbermann began critiquing and satirizing conservative media commentators during his Countdown With Keith Olbermann program, he focused his attention on the Fox News Channel and Bill O'Reilly, its principal primetime commentator. On June 7, 2006, Rick Kaplan resigned as president of MSNBC after holding the post for two years. Five days Dan Abrams, a nine-year veteran of MSNBC and NBC News, was named general manager of MSNBC with immediate effect.
NBC News senior vice president Phil Griffin would oversee MSNBC, while continuing to oversee NBC News’ Today program, with Abrams reporting to Griffin. On June 29, 2006, Abrams annou
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Sean McLaughlin is an anchor of the 10pm newscast and the Chief Meteorologist at KPHO CBS 5 in Phoenix Arizona. Prior to this stint in Phoenix, McLaughlin was chief meteorologist for MSNBC, joining the United States-based 24-hour cable news television network in July 2004, he was the meteorologist on the Sunday editions of NBC's The Today Show. He contributed to NBC Weather Plus+, NBC Nightly News, other NBC News/MSNBC/CNBC programs. McLaughlin's prior stint in Phoenix was as the longtime Chief Meteorologist, as well as anchor and general assignment reporter at NBC affiliate KPNX Channel 12, he is the Chief Meteorologist, news anchor and reporter for KPHO CBS 5 in Phoenix. McLaughlin has won several Emmys, his hometown is Iowa. McLaughlin graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism where he was a member of the Fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon, he holds a certificate in meteorology from Mississippi State University. AZ Central Article on MSNBC job MSNBC Bio NBC Weather Plus bio Sean McLaughlin bio Journalism graduate is weathercaster for NBC
Christine Ann Kapostasy-Jansing, known as Chris Jansing, is an American television news correspondent. She works for NBC News as senior national correspondent for the network's cable division, MSNBC and, alongside Brian Williams, as a breaking news anchor for the channel. Jansing was NBC News senior White House correspondent from 2014 to January 20, 2017. From 2010 to 2014, she hosted an MSNBC show called Company. Jansing was born to a Roman Catholic family in Fairport Harbor, the youngest of 12 children of Joseph and Tilly Kapostasy, she is of Slovak descent. A political science major, Jansing switched majors to broadcast journalism after working for the college radio station. In 1978, she graduated from Otterbein College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, she worked as an intern at a cable station in Columbus and accepted a job for a short stint at radio station WIPS in Ticonderoga, New York, she accepted a position as a general assignment reporter for WNYT television in Albany, New York, where she rose to become the weekend anchor and the weekly co-anchor.
She stayed at WNYT for 17 years. While there, she won a New York Emmy Award in 1997 for her coverage of the Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. Jansing joined NBC News in June 1998 at which point, she began to use the last name of "Jansing" professionally instead of her maiden name of "Kapostasy" which she had used before then, she has since anchored and reported for MSNBC and has been a substitute anchor for The Today Show, the Sunday version of NBC Nightly News. In 2008, she relocated to Los Angeles and worked as a field reporter for two years before returning as an anchor in 2010. Chris Jansing anchored the 10 am hour on MSNBC weekdays on Jansing and Company, with Richard Lui serving as a correspondent and substitute anchor; the show ended on June 2014, when Jansing became NBC's Senior White House Correspondent. On June 1, 2017, Jansing was named senior national correspondent for MSNBC; as part of the role, Jansing will continue to anchor the network's breaking news coverage alongside Brian Williams, as well as provide coverage from the White House and Capitol Hill.
An Emmy Award for her coverage of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing at the Olympic Games in Atlanta. She has a second Emmy Award. "Best Person" award from the New York State Broadcasters Association for her report on hunger in New York State. Inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in June 2016. In 1982, she married Robert Jansing, a chemist, who ran an analytical chemistry laboratory, in 1998, upon her move to NBC, she began using her married name, she explained. She and her husband subsequently divorced, but she has continued to use the name "Chris Jansing" professionally. NBC News bio Appearances on C-SPAN
Ayman Mohyeldin is an Egyptian-American journalist based in Los Angeles for NBC News. He worked for Al Jazeera and CNN. Ayman was one of the first Western journalists allowed to enter and report on the handing over and trial of the deposed President of Iraq Saddam Hussein by the Iraqi Interim Government for crimes against humanity. Ayman has covered the 2008–09 Gaza War as well as the Arab Spring. Mohyeldin was born in Cairo, Egypt, to an Egyptian father, Medhat Mohyeldin, a Palestinian mother, Abla Awwad, his father is a certified public accountant in Georgia. Mohyeldin has an older brother, a resident neurosurgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and former professional soccer star for the Atlanta Silverbacks. Mohyeldin lived in Egypt until the age of 5 when his parents emigrated to the U. S, he attended North Cobb High School in Georgia. Mohyeldin received his undergraduate education at American University in Washington D. C. earning a BA in International Relations with a focus on the European Union.
He received an MA in International Politics with a focus on Conflict Resolution. His graduate thesis was entitled, "The News Media Paradigm in the War on Terrorism," and, in 2002, it was accepted by the International Association of Media Researchers Conference in Barcelona, Spain, he lived in Iraq from 2003–2005 as a foreign news producer with CNN. Mohyeldin began his career in journalism working at NBC, as a desk assistant for the Washington D. C. bureau. Mohyeldin's first major assignments happened shortly after 9/11. In an interview with PRWeek, Ayman describes the opportunities that arose in the aftermath of 9/11: "There was a real shortage of people with language skills or expertise in the Middle East. Just because of my language skills and the timing, so to speak, I got a lot of experience. I was thrown into a mix of things that desk assistants at my level would not have gotten. I started working on some big pieces that had to do with investigating 9/11 and all kinds of international terrorist connections...
I was doing translation but I was developing themes or threads to stories that either had some Middle East connection to them or some type of Arabic language skills required. So it was an unbelievable experience at a young age."Mohyeldin's coverage of major news events in the Arab World and Middle East include the Iraq War, the first multi-candidate presidential Egyptian elections in 2005, Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and the 2005 Palestinian elections in the Gaza Strip. He has covered the Jordan Hotel bombings; as a producer, Mohyeldin became the first journalist to enter one of Libya's nuclear research facilities after producing Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi's first interview announcing Libya would abandon all WMD programs. Mohyeldin's work in the CNN documentary "Iraq:progress report" about the daily struggles of Iraqis during the war was nominated for an Emmy Award, he served as an associate producer for the NBC News Special that received Emmy nominations for "Ship at War: Inside the Carrier Stennis" and "Inside the Real West Wing."
Mohyeldin has covered the annual Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca and was involved in the production of CNN specials "Islam: The Struggle Within" and "Hajj: A Spiritual Journey." In 2008–2009, Mohyeldin covered the Israeli attack on Gaza. The coverage of his reporting, along with Sherine Tadros has been released in the documentary " The War Around Us", he reported on the intricate network of tunnels that were once used for smuggling of weapons and people across the Egyptian-Gaza border and are now a vital route into Gaza for medicine and fuel supplies. In 2011, Mohyeldin left Al Jazeera English and returned to NBC where he extensively covered the second "Arab Uprising" in Egypt in 2013, he covered the unrest in Ukraine, most the unrest in Iraq. Mohyeldin covered the 2011 Egyptian Revolution for Al Jazeera English. On January 28, 2011, Ayman broadcast from the Al Jazeera news building in Cairo for several hours straight, reporting on the Egyptian protests as protesters and Egyptian police battled for control of the 6th October Bridge.
On January 30, Anis El Fekki of the Egyptian Interior Ministry revoked Al Jazeera's broadcast license and forced the closure of their Cairo bureau, claiming the network was conspiring with opposition groups to overthrow the government. Ayman was one of five Al Jazeera journalists arrested and detained by Egyptian authorities the following day, after the network refused to cease broadcasting upon the loss of their accreditation. On February 6, 2011, Mohyeldin was again arrested by the Egyptian military upon trying to enter Tahrir square, he was released nine hours later. On September 20, 2011, Mohyeldin rejoined NBC News. In January 2012, Mohyeldin traveled to Syria to cover the months-old uprising. Among the cities he visited. In the summer of 2013 Ayman extensively covered the removal of President Mohamed Morsi from power In Egypt; that fall he extensively covered the Syrian civil war and the effects of refugees overflowing into neighboring Lebanon. Mohyeldin covered the agreement of Syria to dispose of their chemical weapons program.
During the uprisings in Ukraine in 2014, Ayman covered extensively in both Donetsk. He traveled to the border in Eastern Ukraine and reported on Russian troop buildup, the Ukrainian response, he went "behind the scenes" into the occupied government buildings to report. On July 16, 2014, Mohyeldin witnessed and reported via a series of tweets, the death of 4 Palestinian children who were playing soccer and hide-and-seek on a Gaza beach
Charles David Todd is an American television journalist, the 12th and current moderator of NBC's Meet the Press. He hosts MTP Daily on MSNBC and is the Political Director for NBC News. Prior to taking the helm of Meet the Press, Todd was Chief White House correspondent for NBC and host of The Daily Rundown on MSNBC, he serves as NBC News' on-air political analyst for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Today. Todd was born on April 8, 1972, in Miami, the son of Lois Cheri and Stephen Randolph Todd, he is Jewish on his mother's side, was raised Jewish. He graduated from Miami Killian Senior High School in Kendall, an unincorporated suburban community in greater Miami. Todd attended George Washington University from 1990 to 1994, he declared a major in a minor in music, but never graduated. Before entering the world of political reporting and analysis, Todd earned practical political experience on initiative campaigns in Florida and various national campaigns based in Washington, D. C. While in college, Todd worked for the 1992 presidential campaign of Senator Tom Harkin and started working part-time at National Journal's The Hotline.
From 1992 until March 12, 2007, Todd worked for National Journal's The Hotline, where he was editor-in-chief for six years. As part of his position, Todd co-hosted, with John Mercurio, the webcast series Hotline TV, consisting of a daily show lasting between three and seven minutes and a weekly show ranging between 20 and 30 minutes, he became a frequent guest on political discussion shows, such as Hardball with Chris Matthews and Inside Politics with Judy Woodruff. Tim Russert brought Todd to NBC from The Hotline in March 2007, he became NBC News’ political director at that time. In this role, Todd provided on-air political analysis on political discussion shows, including Morning Joe, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Meet the Press, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, The Rachel Maddow Show and blogged for MSNBC.com at "First Read." He did a weekly Question and Answer session with users at Newsvine. After Tim Russert's death, Todd was a candidate to replace him as the host of NBC's Meet the Press, but David Gregory was selected for the job.
On December 18, 2008, NBC announced that Todd would succeed Gregory as NBC News Chief White House Correspondent, partnering with Savannah Guthrie on the news beat. He retained his title as NBC News Political Director and was named Contributing Editor to Meet the Press. Todd was a focus of an August 2008 Los Angeles Times article paralleling Todd's rise to the rise of cable news networks in coverage of U. S. politics. The article noted the emergence of Todd's fans, deemed "Chuckolytes". On July 6, 2009, former MSNBC television personality Dan Abrams launched a website service, reporting on media figures; the site ranks all TV-based journalists in America by influence. Todd ranked, as of October 2009, right before Mike Wallace as number five. Todd rose to number two as of December 21, 2011, but fell to 90 as of January 9, 2013. On January 11, 2010, Todd became co-host, with Savannah Guthrie, of The Daily Rundown on MSNBC, airing weekday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. ET. On August 14, 2014, NBC announced that Todd would take over as the host of Meet the Press beginning September 7, 2014.
While remaining as NBC News political director, Todd left his role as chief White House correspondent as well as anchor of The Daily Rundown. On July 23, 2015, MSNBC announced Todd would return to the network with a daily political show called MTP Daily, which airs weekdays at 5:00 p.m. ET; the show is an extension of Meet the Press. Todd continued moderating Meet the Press on NBC. On January 22, 2017, Todd said, “Alternative facts are not facts, they’re falsehoods". Todd is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, he is the author of The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House. Published in 2014, the Chicago Tribune described the book as "richly sourced and informed," while Publishers Weekly called it "an even-handed and thorough account." Todd is co-author, with Sheldon Gawiser, of How Barack Obama Won: A State-by-State Guide to the Historic 2008 Presidential Election, published in 2009. Todd picks NFL football games for Tony Kornheiser on his podcast The Tony Kornheiser Show; each week, Todd is pitted against Reginald, a monkey, who picks NFL games.
Todd resides in Arlington, with his wife, Kristian Denny Todd, their two children. She is a communications professional and co-founder of Maverick Strategies and Mail, which provides direct mail and consulting services for Democratic candidates and progressive causes, she was the spokesperson for the successful U. S. Senate campaign of Senator Jim Webb in 2006. Todd received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Marymount University in recognition of his work in journalism. Todd is a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers and of the Los Angeles Dodgers; as evidenced by numerous posts on his Twitter account, he is an avid supporter of the Miami Hurricanes football team. Todd is a congregant in the Reform congregation of Temple Rodef Shalom in Virginia. Todd, Chuck; the Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House. Little and Company. ISBN 978-0316079570. Chuck Todd bio on MSNBC Appearances on C-SPAN