Themes from ‘Meet the Press’

“Meet the Press” 2004 – 2011 Theme


This is the very subtly updated part IV of The Mission, used for Meet the Press. As the longest running program on television, Meet the Press often digs into its vast archives in a segment called “Meet the Press Minute”. Usually its a historical clip related to the events of the present day. In 2011 John Williams was again commissioned to do a (small) refresh of The Mission. The changes are again subtle.

John Williams - Meet the Press theme

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“Meet the Press” 1985 – 2004 Theme


This theme, part IV of The Mission, was originally intended for special reports and only later was it adopted by Meet The Press as its main theme. It’s called the “Pulse of Events”.¬†After the orchestra played it for the first time during the session to record it, the musicians liked the theme so much that they unexpectedly broke out in applause.

Meet the Press, having begun its radio run in 1945 and making its debut on television two years later, is the longest running show in the history of television. The original format consisted of a panel of journalists asking the guest questions, much like a press conference. When Tim Russert started his run as moderator, the format was changed. The panel was replaced with a single moderator who asked all the questions. To this day, with David Gregory as moderator, that is still the format used.

John Williams - Meet the Press theme (The Mission, part IV - The Pulse of Events)

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