60 Moments: Today Show Comes to Huntington

The year was 1956, and WSAZ was playing host to NBC’s Today Show for a pair of live national broadcasts.

Thousands turned out to welcome Dave Garoway, former Miss America Lee Meriwether, Jack Lescoulie..even J. Fred Muggs and the rest of the show’s cast and crew..

These stars of morning TV were in Huntington to help celebrate our region’s rich transportation history.

A lot of local folks got the chance to perform on the national telecasts. They included the Haylofters, a square dancing group.

Part of the celebration included burying a time capsule with instructions to not open until April 25, 2000.

Carole Murphy was chosen Miss Huntington Railroad for the week, and helped bury the capsule.

Fast forward 44 years -- Today’s Al Roker came to Huntington and opened that time capsule live on the air. It turned out to be a smelly, wet mess.

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