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09/16/2012 12:05 pm ET Updated Sep 16, 2012

'Weekend Today' Celebrates 25 Years Of Broadcasts

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"Weekend Today" spent its Sunday morning broadcast celebrating a major television milestone: 25 years on the air.

Former “Weekend Today” anchors joined Lester Holt and Jenna Wolfe on set to remember their favorite memories from past weekend broadcasts.

Former anchors including Al Roker, Boyd Matson, Garrick Utley, Mary Alice Williams, Scott Simon, Jackie Nespral, Mike Schneider, Giselle Fernandez and Jodi Applegate reunited live in studio on Sunday morning.

NBC News launched a Sunday edition of "Today" as an experiment in 1987, determined to see if the morning television show could work past the weekdays. The program debuted with Maria Shriver and Boyd Matson as co-hosts, and Garrick Utley as the news anchor.

"The idea was, this was your broadcast version of your Sunday paper," Al Roker said during an interview on the show's history.

Five years later, the network launched the Saturday show with Scott Simon and Jackie Nespral, creating a weekend edition of "Today."

Watch the program remember 25 years on the air in the video above, and former anchors recall their favorite memories in the video below:

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