NBC Stations to Air 1963 ‘Meet the Press’ Featuring Dr. Martin Luther King

By Chris Ariens 

NBC News is digging deep into its archive from the longest running show on television, “Meet the Press.”

This weekend the 10 Owned NBC stations, as well as Comcast-owned New England Cable News and several NBC affiliates will air the August 25, 1963 edition of “Meet the Press,” featuring interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins.

Dr. King was interviewed for the show just three days before delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech. The special airing comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

“This program is such a unique glance into history unfolding just days before the 1963 March on Washington,” said Valari Staab, President of the NBCU Owned Television Stations group. “To see an interview with Dr. Martin Luther King is a rare opportunity that I know our viewers will greatly appreciate and want to share with their families.”

In most markets, the 30-minute program will air just before or after the regularly-scheduled broadcast of “Meet the Press with David Gregory.” Check local listings for exact times.

Dr. King made several appearances on “Meet the Press” in the 1960s. What would have been his second appearance in July, 1962 was canceled because he was arrested and jailed in Albany, Georgia. His next appearance was the August, 1963 interview.