Roker starting world record attempt in Waikiki
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Al Roker, the affable weatherman on NBC’s “Today Show,” wants to report the weather live from every state and do it in seven days, starting Friday at the Royal Hawaiian hotel.
The marathon effort, dubbed “Rokerthon 2: Taking America by Storm,” will begin with six live broadcasts from the hotel’s Ocean Lawn. Roker will go live every half-hour between 2 and 4:30 a.m. Hawaii time. (“The Today Show” airs at 7 a.m. here on a delayed basis on KHNL.)
The public is invited to watch from the edge of the set.
Once he’s finished in Hawaii, Roker will crisscross the country on planes, trains and automobiles to get to each state for a weather report. He will finish Nov. 13 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York.
The effort is an attempt to break what must surely be the most esoteric of records in the Guinness Book of World Records: fastest time to report a weather forecast from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
Then the real fun begins. Starting in Spokane, Washington, on Sunday, Roker travels through the Northwest that day. He cheats a little on Monday, visiting the Four Corners, enabling him to cross off Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado at one stop, and gradually makes his way East.
He’ll be delivering forecasts throughout his travels, either on “Today,” local NBC affiliates, cable networks like CNBC, MSNBC or The Weather Channel and online. Planes, trains and automobiles will shuttle him across the country, and Roker is packing a few books and a supply of movies on his tablet.
Last year’s stunt raised $70,000 for the USO. This year, Roker’s trip is benefiting Feeding America.
“If we can shine a light on something that’s a problem, I’m willing to do anything,” he said.
The NBC veteran will be dependent on the weather to keep on schedule. A bad storm or two might force some rescheduling.
“Don’t think it’s not lost on me,” he said.
Roker is scheduled to begin next Friday in Stamford, Connecticut, before making the 45-minute commute to Manhattan and a finish line at the “Today” show studio.
The Associated Press contributed to this post.