NBC: 10 Fascinating Facts About The National Broadcasting Company


NBC is one of the most well-known and highly regarded networks currently on television. However, despite the fact that the company has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about NBC. Well, what are you waiting for? Check it out for yourself below!

 Number Ten: The Peacock Logo Wasn’t NBC’s First

Though the company was founded in 1926, it didn’t introduce the now-iconic colorful peacock logo it uses today until 1979! The logo was introduced to symbolize the fact that it broadcast in color. The technology to broadcast in color was extremely new at the time.

Number Nine: It’s an American Relic

You might be familiar with the fact that the company has been around for awhile, but do you know just how old it is? NBC is the oldest major broadcasting company in America.

Number Eight: Red Vs. Blue

In 1927, the newly-formed NBC decided to split its networks to target two different groups of people. The “Red Network” provided programming related to entertainment and music, while the “Blue Network” provided non-sponsored programming similar to what PBS does today.

Number Seven: Its First Corporate Office Had Religious Ties

When the company moved to Manhattan, the building they relocated to had been designed by Raymond Hood. Hood reportedly designed the building based off of a Gothic church, among other things.

Number Six: It’s Responsible for the First Accepted Audio Trademark

Those chimes you hear when watching NBC have been around for awhile and have quite the interesting history. In fact, the three-note sequence, which contains the notes “G,” “E,” and “C,” was the very first audio trademark that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office accepted.

Number Five: There Was Once a Fourth Chime in Their Trademark Sound

We already discussed the history of the three chimes, but what most people don’t know is that there was once a fourth chime. The fourth chime was used to signify periods of extreme emergency, such as during World War II.

Number Four: NBC Becomes ABC

We mentioned above that the network was once split into “Red” and “Blue” networks. Well, after a long battle with the FCC, it ended up selling its “Blue” network to the American Broadcasting System, and it was eventually renamed to the American Broadcasting Company or ABC. The “Red” network became known as simply “NBC.”

Number Three: It Aired Broadcasting’s First Spin-Off Program

NBC is responsible for airing The Great Gildersleeve, which is today considered by many to be broadcasting’s first spin-off program! The program was based on Fibber McGee and Molly.

Number Two: It Brought Us a Beethoven First

It’s true! The company aired a complete telecast of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. It was the very first to do so.

Number One: It Appeals to More Women Than Men

According to Quantcast, more women visit NBC’s website than men do. Another interesting tidbit – most people who visit the site are between the ages of 18 and 24. We hope you enjoyed our list of 10 things you didn’t know about NBC!