NBC’s Al Roker highlighted one of Tennessee’s most dynamic attractions during a live Today Show broadcast this morning from Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tenn. during “Rokerthon 2, Taking America By Storm.”
The famous weatherman is making history by broadcasting weather from 50 states in one week in an attempt for The Guinness World Records. Roker is traveling by planes, trains and automobiles and will end his tour live Nov. 13 on Rockefeller Plaza.
During his appearance at Discovery Park, Roker was welcomed by over 300 friends of The Park who gathered at the 70,000 sq.ft. museum wearing their Tennessee volunteer colors, orange and white. In signature Tennessee style, Roker was offered a musical welcome as the Union City Tornados, a local 130-piece marching band from Union City High School, performed in his honor.
Continuing the musical hospitality, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development presented Roker with a bundle of vinyl records representing each genre of music born in Tennessee: blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, and soul.
“Each album was recorded in Tennessee, pressed in Tennessee, and purchased in Tennessee,” said Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Kevin Triplett. “We wanted to provide a gift truly symbolizing what our state is: the ‘Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.’”
Throughout Rokerthon 2, Roker’s weather reports are airing across additional NBC platforms including NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, NBC’s local affiliate newscasts, and other programming. Rokerthon 2 is streaming live on today.com/Rokerthon during portions of the day. Viewers can submit questions and request their hometown forecasts by tweeting @alroker using #Rokerthon. Follow @TODAYshow for live updates. Follow Tennessee Tourism @tnvacation using #madeintn.
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