DES MOINES, Iowa — Local salvage shop and HGTV/DIY Network reality show star, West End Architectural Salvage, will find itself in the spotlight once again when it plays host to NBC’s national programming during the Iowa Caucuses.
Beginning Sunday, Jan. 31, the day before the Iowa Caucuses, “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” will broadcast live from West End Salvage. Todd will pass the baton off to Lester Holt, with “NBC Nightly News” airing live from the same location Sunday evening. “The Today Show” will broadcast live from West End Salvage Monday morning of the Iowa caucuses, and live updates during caucus night with Lester Holt will take place at the same place.
“The Today Show” will broadcast live from West End Salvage Monday morning, the day of the Iowa Caucuses. Live updates during caucus night with Lester Holt will take place at the same place.
The folks at West End Salvage are no strangers to the spotlight – a reality show of the same name featured their store for two seasons on HGTV and the DIY Network.
Owner Don Short says it took three scouting trips from NBC to determine his shop was the best fit for its programming. Though it’s sure to be hectic, Short says he still plans to keep the store open to the public.
“We’re planning on staying open, I don’t think it’s fair to just shut our store down,” he said. “And they were sensitive to that, as well. The shows will be airing – both ‘Meet the Press’ and ‘NBC Nightly News’ then the ‘Today Show’ and ‘Nightly News’ – all of those will be airing while we’re closed. So we wouldn’t be open when they’re actually filming them. But during the day, there’s just going to be a lot of chaos here. And I think it’ll be fun for people to have a chance to come down here and see how things work on a broader scale.”
Short says he’s not sure if NBC will offer space for guests to view the programming from inside.