Meet the Press facts for kids
|Meet the Press|
Tim Russert interviews General Peter Pace on Meet the Press in 2006.
|Created by||Martha Rountree
Lawrence E. Spivak
|Directed by||Rob Melick|
|Presented by||David Gregory (2008–present)|
|Narrated by||Fred Facey (1984–2008)
Bert Pence (2008–present)
|Theme music composer||John Williams|
|Opening theme||"The Pulse of Events" (fourth part of The Mission)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||66|
|No. of episodes||5,048 (as of May 19, 2013)|
|Executive producer(s)||Betsy Fischer Martin (2002–2012)
Robert Myers Yarin (2013–present)
|Production location(s)||Washington, D.C.|
|Running time||30 minutes w/commercials (1947–1992); 60 minutes w/commercials (1992–present)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original release||November 6, 1947 – present|
Meet the Press began on radio in 1945 as American Mercury Presents: Meet the Press. It was a show that was used to promote The American Mercury, an American magazine that was issued from 1924 to 1981. The show moved to television with a shorter title of just Meet the Press on November 6, 1947.
Over the years, the show has had eleven hosts called "moderators". The first moderator was Martha Rountree. The current moderator is David Gregory, who has hosted the show since December 2008. Tim Russert is the show's longest-lasting moderator. He hosted from 1991 to his death on June 13, 2008.
This is a list of moderators who have hosted Meet the Press.
|Lawrence E. Spivak||1966–1975|
|Roger Mudd & Marvin Kalb
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Meet the Press set, November 1975. On this broadcast, a sitting American president (Gerald Ford) was, for the first time, a guest on a live television network news program.
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