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Weekend Reading: Representing the Peacock as a Page

Kenneth on 30 Rock might lack common sense, but he must be quite extraordinary if he's nabbed a page job at NBC. The New York Times recently profiled the page program for a story that includes interviews with current pages, famous pages (Regis Philbin, Ted Koppel), and Jack McBrayer, whose 30 Rock character is probably the best-known fictional page of all time.

Among the things I learned from the story:

  • The page program is 10 times as competitive as admission to Harvard.
  • Pages get a 75-page handbook full of NBC trivia, most of which they're supposed to memorize, and they have to pass a test at the end of orientation.
  • About 70 percent of pages end up with jobs at NBC by the end of the program.
  • Ted Koppel claims that when he was a page, he dated his way through the Rockettes.
  • The real NBC pages recently got snazzy gray uniforms, which means Kenneth's look might be getting an update as well.

It's a fun story and definitely worth the read. Have you ever dreamed of being an NBC page?

Photo courtesy of NBC

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suziryder suziryder 8 years
I dreamed of it, and was going to work a connection... apparently some uppity up in the program (the director or the guy who runs the admissions) graduated from the same college as me, but who knows how far that would've gotten me. I ended up not applying so that I could intern in Hollywood.
DCBaxter DCBaxter 8 years
I feel like an idiot, but can you please explain what a page is???
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've never dreamed of being a page, but i think that it could be a really cool job to have if you're able to nab one. i've heard that it's really competitive, but think about some of the guys that have come out of the program to have GREAT GREAT jobs with the network. that's definitely a wonderful way to get an 'in'
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
You'd have to really want it extremely bad to put up with that... I'd rather go to Harvard.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I can't believe how competitive it is!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Thanks for the link to the story, Buzz. It really is a fun read.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
That's so neat! I love 30 Rock! My husband and I are going to see Conan O' Brien next month so we'll see pages!
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