“Countdown with Keith Olbermann” (MSNBC) 2003 – 2011 Theme


Countdown started as more or less a regular newscast in the early days of the Iraq War. But it would grow into MSNBC’s signature show. It’s fast pace, irreverent segments and liberal commentary made it a ratings hit. MSNBC used the show as a template to rebuild its entire primetime lineup. Two of its guest hosts, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell, would get their own shows on MSNBC. Ultimately it wasn’t bad ratings that brought the show down, but Keith Olbermann’s fights with management. The show – and its host – left MSNBC in 2011 but turned up a few months later on Current TV. This theme was used during the years that the program was on MSNBC. It samples the second movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and thereby makes an allusion to NBC News’ long history. That six-note introduction had been prominently used on the Huntley-Brinkley Report since the 1950’s.

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