The weekend warriors include, from left to right, Al Roker, Boyd Matson, Garrick Utley, Mary Alice Williams, Jenna Wolfe, Lester Holt, Scott Simon, Jackie Nespral, Mike Schneider, Giselle Fernandez, and Jodi Applegate. Jack Ford joined the milestone broadcast from a remote location.
Raise your glasses! TODAY celebrated 25 years of weekend broadcasts this morning with a dozen current and former anchors looking back at the show's history.
Its success wasn't guaranteed from the beginning. TODAY's Sunday edition launched in 1987 as a network experiment to see if TODAY could work beyond the weekday.
"They weren't so sure, so we were not allowed to sit at the official news desk," said Boyd Matson, the first Sunday TODAY co-anchor. "We had to open the show from the couch for a little separation. In case it failed, they had nothing to do with it."
It was a success, and the Saturday broadcast followed five years later with Scott Simon and Jackie Nespral as the weekend warriors.
The broadcast has evolved since its early days.
"We did very long pieces," Al Roker said about the early iterations of the show. "The best part was you could form this camaraderie because the adults were away. We were here on the weekend and they let us use the set and put on a show. And it was a really great experience."
Watch the panel's full discussion about their memorable moments:
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