A Little Shout Out to my Favorite Leading Man, and Morning Show
Do not be fooled by the headline – I am not referring to a powerful political figure or a gorgeous, heartthrob actor. Who has been the leading man in my life for the past 10 years? Matt Lauer. Feel free to laugh now, but I don’t know how my day could start without his words of wisdom and hard-hitting journalistic charm.
This morning the Today Show celebrated it’s 59th birthday, kick-starting their 60th year in production. 60 years, wow. When you break it down, that is six decades of delivering the days top news stories to millions of televisions every day across the country. While Matt Lauer may be the apple in my eye, can you remember back to previous leading men? Dave Garroway? Tom Brokaw? Bryant Gumbel? What about the women? Barbara Walters and Jane Pauley changed the broadcast journalism landscape serving as female hosts of a nationally syndicated morning show. I developed a love for communications at an early age, and these journalists were my aspiration.
Ok, so maybe I went the other route with a career in pubic relations, but that does not mean my love for the editorial process was lost.
Aside from the hosts and reporters who will do just about anything for viewership, (we all remember Katie Couric’s colonoscopy…) try and think about the historic moments that have affected your life and how broadcast television has impacted them. While my parents would both automatically say President John F. Kennedy’s assassination was the most poignant, for me it is the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. I can tell you exactly where I was standing when my high-school classroom sat glued to the Today Show watching live coverage of Ground Zero. The power of live streaming broadcast continues to revolutionize the means in which Americans stay informed and educated on current events, social issues, breaking news, and yes, even Willard Scott’s Smucker’s Birthday wishes.
So as the show enters its 60th year, I would just like to say Congratulations! Here is to hoping one day I will be sitting on that couch next to Mr. Lauer with a hot cup of coffee. Until then, I’ll keep watching.