Dave Garroway, a “Today” host, as he taped the first episode of the show in 1952.

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NBC’s “Today” show started in 1952 as a bid to lure people away from early morning radio programs.

The brainchild of its creator, Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., it was the first show of its type, pioneering a TV format that other networks came to embrace.

And what started as a two-hour program has grown to become a four-hour live broadcast, an institution that draws millions of viewers each morning as it weaves together news, weather and entertainment.