The NBC Studios are probably the most famous TV studios in the United States. Everyone knows that they are situated in Manhattan, at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between 6th and 5th Avenues. This location includes MSNBC, the cable news channel, WNBC, the flagship station, General Electric, the owner of the studios, and, of course, the NBC television network.
The NBC Radio City Studios were opened in the 30s and the first tours were organized in 1933. Tours are available ever since. The part of Rockefeller Center housing the NBC Studios is known as Radio City.
The 30 Rockefeller Plaza is home for numerous famous TV shows, including 30 Rock, The Dr. Oz Show, Early Today, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, MSNBC Live, Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show. The tourists visiting New York City have the chance to visit the NBC Studio and the filming spots for each one of these shows by taking the NBC Studio Tour.
This is definitely one of New York’s most popular attractions.
Tourists are going to have the opportunity to walk through the corridors of Radio City and 30 Rockefeller Center building. People know this building from pictures, stories and TV shows, but most of individuals have heard about these studios from Tina Fey’s hilarious sitcom 30 Rock. So, those who want to meet with TV stars and see how shows are filmed can enter this building and simply book a tour.
The tour includes visits to some of the most renowned NBC studios such as NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, Football Night in America and Late Night with the actor Jimmy Fallon. Besides these visits, the tourists will also be taken to see the High Definition mini – control studio, the Sharp Globe Theater, the Make–up Room and the Broadcast Operations Center.
Visitors will have lots of fun while sitting at the news desk and have a photo session. Furthermore, they will have the chance to sit at that desk and read the news from the prompter. Also, these lucky persons will sit in front of a green panel and give weather demonstrations. All these things will be done within 70 minutes.
Individuals must keep in mind that they cannot see the studios that are in use at the time. So, the studios that are available depend on the touring hours one chooses. Unfortunately, people cannot see how the studios look when they’re full of cameras and spectators, but it’s still an interesting experience to see how a TV studio looks like. So, this tour is a great opportunity to take a glimpse behind the scenes.
Tours are available 7 days per week from 8.30 am till 5.30 pm, and they start at the NBC Experience Store in front of 30 Rockefeller Center. At the end, people can choose to go to the Top of The Rock Observatory for an amazing view over New York City.