Albert Lincoln Roker Jr. (born August 20, 1954) is an American weather forecaster, journalist, television personality, actor, and author. He is the current weather anchor on NBC's Today. Roker also serves as co-host on #3rdHourToday; although the latter not officially announced by NBC News. He has an inactive American Meteorological Society Television Seal #238.
On November 12, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Roker attempted to beat the unofficial world record for an uninterrupted live weather report of 33 hours held by Norwegian weather broadcaster Eli Kari Gjengedal. On November 14, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, Roker set the Guinness World Record by reporting for 34 hours. On the December 14, 2018 episode of the Today Show, Al Roker was honored for 40 years at NBC. The Today Show Plaza was officially named the Rokerfeller Plaza in his honor.
Roker in October 2014
Albert Lincoln Roker Jr.
August 20, 1954
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Al Roker was born in Queens, New York, the son of Isabel, of Jamaican descent, and Albert Lincoln Roker Sr., a bus driver of Bahamian descent. Roker initially wanted to be a cartoonist. He was raised Catholic (in the faith of his mother) and graduated from Xavier High School in Manhattan. He worked on several projects as a member of the school's Cartooning & Illustration Club. He attended the State University of New York at Oswego where he received a B.A. in communications in 1976.
According to the July 2011 issue of Us Weekly in "25 Things You Did Not Know About Me", Roker is a cousin of the late actress Roxie Roker, who was most notable for her role as Helen Willis on the sitcom The Jeffersons and the mother of popular rock musician Lenny Kravitz. Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz's grandfathers were brothers, which in turn makes their relationship second cousins as they share the same great grandparents.
Roker worked as a weather anchor for CBS affiliate WHEN-TV (now WTVH) in Syracuse, New York from 1974 until 1976, while he was enrolled at SUNY Oswego. Following the completion of his studies, Roker moved to Washington, D.C. and took a weathercasting position at independent station WTTG, then owned by Metromedia, remaining there for much of the next two years.
Roker's career with NBC began in 1978 when he was hired at WKYC-TV in Cleveland, then an NBC owned-and-operated station. After five years in Cleveland, Roker was promoted to the network's flagship outlet, WNBC-TV in his hometown. Roker returned to New York City in late 1983 as a weekend weathercaster, and within eight months became the station's regular weeknight weathercaster. Roker replaced 27-year WNBC-TV veteran Dr. Frank Field, who left the network over a contract dispute. From 1983 to 1996, Roker was the regular substitute for forecaster Joe Witte on the NBC News program NBC News at Sunrise, and from 1990 to 1995, filled in for Willard Scott, Bryant Gumbel and Matt Lauer on the Today Show. In 1995, he became the host of The Al Roker Show, a weekend talk show on CNBC.
Roker received wider exposure when David Letterman asked him to join in an elevator race on an episode of the talk show Late Night with David Letterman, which taped across the hall from the WNBC news studio in the GE Building. This led to Roker becoming the forecaster for Weekend Today. He also substituted on the weekday edition of Today when Willard Scott was ill or away.
In early 1996, Scott announced his semi-retirement from Today. On January 26, 1996, Roker received the regular weekday weather slot. Roker's studio remote forecasts, interviewing visitors outside and giving them some camera time, became a staple. Roker conducted more interviews and segments on the show over time.
In addition to his role as Today Show weather man and anchor, Roker co-hosted the third hour of the Today Show called "Today's Take", beginning November 12, 2012. Today's Take was cancelled in February 2017 and aired its final episode on September 22.
In November 2014, Roker embarked on a "Roker-thon", in which he did a non-stop, 34-hour weather forecast on NBC, from 10:05 p.m. on November 12 until about 8:00 a.m. on November 14. The record-setting event was a fundraiser for the Crowdrise Campaign to benefit the military and USO. He held a "Roker-thon 2", this time reporting weather from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. during the week from November 6 to November 13, 2015, in support of Feeding America. From March 27 until March 31, 2017, he embarked on "Roker-thon 3", visiting colleges and setting a Guinness World Record at each one, such as the longest conga line on ice and largest human letter.
Roker has hosted NBC's coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1995, where he provides commentary along with some of his Today Show colleagues.
Roker is a game show fan. From 1996–1997, he hosted a game show on MSNBC called Remember This?. He substituted for Meredith Vieira for a week of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire shows from March 5–9, 2007.
In 2008, Roker hosted NBC's Celebrity Family Feud. He hosted a week-long feature on Today profiling five game shows and their hosts in July 2016 titled "Game On TODAY". He has appeared as a celebrity player on both Merv Griffin game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
Roker provided forecasts for several radio stations, including the New York smooth jazz radio station WQCD (101.9 FM) and for Cleveland smooth jazz station WNWV (107.3 FM), through a service called the "Al Roker Radio Weather Network", distributed by United Stations Radio Networks. It has since been replaced by Accuweather. He also had a one and a half hour weekday morning stint live from 5:00–7:00 a.m. on The Weather Channel under the name Wake Up with Al which aired from 2009 until 2015.
Writing with Dick Lochte, Roker co-authored a series of murder mysteries beginning in 2009 that feature Billy Blessing, a celebrity chef turned amateur detective. The second book in the series, The Midnight Show Murders (2010), was nominated for a 2011 Nero Award. The Morning Show Murders, also published in 2010, was made into the 2018 movie on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries with Holly Robinson Peete in the lead role.
In 2016, the non-fiction book Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times, written by Roker and his wife Deborah Roberts, was published.
Roker married WNBC producer Alice Bell in 1984. They divorced in 1994. The following year, he married fellow journalist Deborah Roberts, who has reported for both ABC and NBC. She met Roker when she joined NBC in 1990 as a reporter.
Roker has three children: two daughters, Courtney (born 1987) and Leila (born 1998), and one son, Nicholas Albert (born 2002).
Roker is an Honorary member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
In 2002, Roker underwent gastric bypass surgery to lose weight, which he said he did after failing at numerous diets. Eight months after the surgery, the New York Daily News reported he had dropped 100 pounds (45 kg) from his 320 lb (150 kg) figure. In 2013, Roker made headlines after he admitted in a nationally televised interview that he had defecated in his pants during a visit to the White House, a side-effect of his gastric bypass surgery. Roker wrote about his battle with weight loss in Never Goin' Back: Winning the Weight Loss Battle For Good, published in 2013.
In 2007, Roker became an official supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities and is a member of their celebrity board, called the Friends of RMHC. He also served as the official spokesperson for Amtrak's National Train Day, which took place on May 10, 2008.
"Remember that controversial Olympic logo for the 2012 Olympics in London? Some folks have complained that the campaign actually sent them into epileptic seizures. Well, we asked you to weigh in on our website in an informal poll; those of you who could get up off the floor after shaking around were able to actually log in"— Al Roker, June 7, 2007, describing the reaction to the logo for 2012 Summer Olympics
The following day Roker stated, "I started joking about [the logo]. I want to make this clear—I was not joking about epilepsy or anyone who suffers from epilepsy. We understand and know that this is a serious affliction and would never joke about that. We were joking about the logo—not about epilepsy. If anybody was offended, I heartily and really humbly apologize."
On November 23, 2015, Roker alleged racial discrimination and filed a complaint after he and his son attempted to hail a cab. The cab driver reportedly then passed them in order to pick up a white man on the next block. Roker stated on Twitter that a "cabbie picked up a white guy a block away. Wonder why Uber wins?" According to the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission, the driver would either have to pay a $500 fine or possibly have his license suspended.
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|1993||Seinfeld||Himself||Television series; one episode|
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|1994||Mad About You||Himself||Television series; one episode|
|1994||Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?||Himself||Television series; one episode|
|1996||NewsRadio||Guy||Television series; one episode|
|1997||The Single Guy||Dr. Benjamin||Television series; one episode|
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|1998||Superman: The Animated Series||Weather Forecaster (voice)||Television series; one episode|
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|1999||Space Ghost Coast to Coast||Himself||Television series; one episode|
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|2001||Sesame Street||Himself||Television series; one episode|
|2003||Freedom: A History of Us||Christian reorder editor
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|2003, 2004||The Proud Family||Faustian Al Roker (voice)||Television series; two episodes|
|2003||Wholey Moses||Weather Forecaster (voice)||Short film|
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|2007, 2012||30 Rock||Himself||Television series; two episodes|
|2008||Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa||Newscaster (voice)|
|2009||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Patrick Patrickson (voice)|
|2011||WordGirl||Sonny Days (voice)||Television series; one episode|
|2011||The Big Year||New York Weather Forecaster|
|2012||The Pirates! Band of Misfits!||The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens (voice)|
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|2013||The Michael J. Fox Show||Himself||Television series; one episode|
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|2014||Sharknado 2: The Second One||Himself||Television film|
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|2016||Kung Fu Panda 3||Dim (voice)|
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|Sharknado 5: Global Swarming||Himself||Television film|
|2018||The Last Sharknado: It's About Time||Himself||Television film|
Billy Blessing novels
Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times is a 2016 non-fiction book written by real life husband and wife Al Roker and Deborah Roberts.Bill Karins
William J. Karins (born April 14, 1974) is an American meteorologist, working for NBC News and The Weather Channel. He reports weekdays for NBC's Early Today, MSNBC's First Look, Way Too Early, Morning Joe, MSNBC Live, CNBC and The Weather Channel. Prior to being named an NBC meteorologist, Karins was one of the original meteorologists for the now shuttered NBC Weather Plus. From 2009 to 2012, Karins had been the meteorologist on Weekend Today on Saturdays. Karins has also become one of the substitute hosts for Way Too Early since the departure of Willie Geist from the show for his Today hosting duties.
He is also a fill-in for Al Roker on Today, and for Dylan Dreyer on Weekend Today.Karins was born in Albany, New York. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta. Prior to working at NBC, he was a meteorologist at KSNT in Topeka, Kansas, and at WCTI in New Bern, North Carolina. He also worked in Bangor for WABI-TV.CAFE (media company)
CAFE is a new media company that covers and pokes fun at news, issues, public figures and institutions of the day.Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud, which is created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, is a spin-off of the American game show Family Feud. Similarly to the primetime All-Star Specials featured during the late 1970s and early 1980s, the episodes feature teams of celebrities playing for charity rather than normal contestants.
The first incarnation of the spin-off was broadcast in 2008 by NBC as part of a block of summer reality series it branded as All-American Summer. Instead of featuring the host of the syndicated version at the time, John O'Hurley (who was hosting Secret Talents of the Stars for another network that summer), the NBC celebrity version was hosted by Al Roker of the Today Show. Five-player teams composed of a celebrity captain and four friends and/or relatives competed against each other with a $50,000 top prize to be donated to the charity of the winning team's choice.
On April 9, 2015, ABC announced that it would air six new episodes of Celebrity Family Feud over the summer, which premiered on June 21, 2015. The 2015 version is hosted by Steve Harvey, the current host of the syndicated version of Family Feud. It marked the first time that any version of Family Feud aired on ABC since the end of the original version hosted by Richard Dawson in June 1985. Unlike the current syndicated version of Feud, which was taped in Atlanta, Georgia from 2011 until 2017, this version has always been produced in Los Angeles, California, and features the return of Burton Richardson, who announced the show from 1999 to 2010, to the series. On August 4, 2016, ABC renewed Celebrity Family Feud for a fourth season. On August 6, 2017, ABC renewed Celebrity Family Feud for a fifth season and premiered on June 10, 2018. On August 7, 2018, ABC renewed Celebrity Family Feud for a sixth season set to premiere in June 2019.DEA (2008 TV series)
DEA is a reality television series that ran for fifteen, hour-long episodes in two seasons from April 2, 2008 to March 31, 2009 on the Spike television network. DEA follows the jobs of a squad of Drug Enforcement Administration special agents as they track down leads and make narcotics busts on houses suspected of selling, producing, or trafficking drugs. The first season was filmed in Detroit, Michigan and consisted of six episodes aired from April 2, 2008 to May 7, 2008. The second season in the New York/New Jersey area consisted of nine episodes aired from February 10, 2009 to March 31, 2009 and follows a group of DEA agents and Task Force officers operating out of the DEA's northern New Jersey headquarters located in Newark. The show was produced for Spike TV by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. in association with Size 12 Productions.
The first season follows DEA Group 14, while the second season follows a team of agents known as "Group 5-6", based at the DEA Newark Field Division office at 80 Mulberry Street, Newark New Jersey.The series was narrated by Lance Henriksen.Deborah Roberts
Deborah Ann Roberts (born September 20, 1960) is an American television journalist for the ABC News division of the ABC broadcast television network.Dylan Dreyer
Dylan Marie Dreyer (born August 2, 1981) is an American television meteorologist working for NBC News. She is weather anchor and rotates with Sheinelle Jones in the Orange Room on Weekend Today and MSNBC on weekends. Dreyer frequently appears on Today on weekdays as a weather correspondent and as a fill-in for Al Roker and Carson Daly. She also appears on The Weather Channel and on NBC Nightly News. Dreyer joined NBC News in September 2012 after having worked at the now former NBC station WHDH in Boston, Massachusetts since 2007.Forever (Kid Rock song)
"Forever" was the first single released from Kid Rock's 2001 album Cocky. The song was a message to critics who had panned his music. Kid Rock stated that, despite what they thought, his formula of hip hop, southern rock and punk rock would last forever. The song name checks Oprah Winfrey, Al Roker, Earl the Pearl and Betsy Ross and also references the song Hit the Road, Jack.
When the song is performed during concerts, the vocals are played over an instrumental version of "Tom Sawyer" by Rush.
The song peaked at #18 on Mainstream Rock charts and #21 on the Modern Rock Charts. It reached #27 in Australia, #52 in Germany and #75 in Sweden.
Pamela Anderson appeared in the video. "I'm a Dog," Cocky's 10th track, was released along with "Forever" on the single.
The video was released in October 2001. The song was also featured in the 2004 film Torque.Last Lunch
"Last Lunch" is the thirteenth episode of the seventh season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, the 138th overall episode, and the second part of the one-hour series finale. It was directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller and written by Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield. The episode originally aired as an hour-long episode, along with "Hogcock!", on NBC on January 31, 2013. Guest stars in this episode include Al Roker, Conan O'Brien and Alice Ripley.
In the episode, Liz Lemon (Fey) returns for the final episode of TGS and is thrown into a world of chaos: Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) has quit his job and appears to be on the verge of suicide, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) is attempting to stop the episode going ahead, because he is due a payout from the network if the episode doesn't happen, and Lutz (John Lutz) is attempting to use his turn to pick lunch for the writers as an opportunity to exact revenge on them for constantly picking on him. Meanwhile, Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) attempts to extract some genuine emotion from Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), as she readies her final song for the show.
Together, "Hogcock!" and "Last Lunch" received universal acclaim from critics. According to Nielsen Media Research, the episodes were watched by 4.88 million viewers during their original broadcast, becoming 30 Rock's highest-rated episodes for two years. It was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for "Rural Juror", ultimately winning one for Fey and Wigfield's writing. It has been listed as one of the greatest series finales in television history by numerous publications.Mancow's Morning Madhouse
Mancow’s Morning Madhouse (also called The Mancow Radio Experience or simply The Mancow Show) was an American radio show hosted by Erich “Mancow” Muller.
From the mid-1990s until the mid-2000s, it was one of the top morning shows in the Chicago media market, and earned airtime in various cities across America via syndication. The show was last broadcast exclusively on WLUP-FM 97.9 The Loop.Remember This?
Remember This? was a game show that tested contestants' knowledge of facts behind NBC News headlines. The series aired on MSNBC on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from October 25, 1996 to October 5, 1997.Today Show weatherman Al Roker hosted the program, his first game show. Sande Stewart (son of Bob Stewart) and Robert Mayer were executive producers.
Remember This? was MSNBC's only game show.Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special is a three-and-a-half-hour prime-time special that aired on Sunday, February 15, 2015, on NBC, celebrating Saturday Night Live's 40th year on the air, having premiered on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC's Saturday Night. This special generated 23.1 million viewers, becoming NBC's most-watched prime-time, non-sports, entertainment telecast (excluding Super Bowl lead-outs) since the Friends series finale in 2004. It is the third such anniversary special to be broadcast, with celebratory episodes also held during the 15th and 25th seasons.
The special was preceded on NBC by an hour-long SNL 40th Red Carpet Live, hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Carson Daly and Al Roker, who interviewed past hosts, current and previous cast members, and musical legends who had previously performed on the show.Savannah Guthrie
Savannah Clark Guthrie (born December 27, 1971) is an American broadcast journalist and attorney. She is a main co-anchor of the NBC News morning show Today, a position she has held since July 2012.Guthrie joined NBC News in September 2007 as a legal analyst and correspondent, regularly reporting on trials throughout the country. After serving as a White House correspondent between 2008 and 2011 and as co-anchor of the MSNBC program The Daily Rundown in 2010 and 2011, Guthrie was announced as the co-host of Today's third hour alongside Natalie Morales and Al Roker. In that role, she substituted as news anchor and main co-host and appeared as the chief legal analyst across all NBC platforms. Guthrie ceased to be the third hour co-host and chief legal analyst in 2012 when she replaced Ann Curry as co-anchor of Today.Sheinelle Jones
Sheinelle Marie Jones (born April 19, 1978) is an American journalist and news anchor working for NBC News. She is co-anchor of the Saturday editions of Weekend Today, a co-host of #3rdHourToday weekdays, and a correspondent for all platforms of NBC News. Jones currently works 6 days a week. While NBC News has yet to officially name Jones, along with Dylan Dreyer, Craig Melvin, and Al Roker as co-hosts of the 9am hour, they have appeared together since January. It is unclear if this is only temporary which is why Jones and Dreyer remain on Saturday’s . She previously served as news anchor for Weekend Today.Stephanie Abrams
Stephanie Abrams (born October 27, 1978) is an American television meteorologist, currently working for The Weather Channel (TWC). She currently co-hosts AMHQ with Jennifer Carfagno and Jim Cantore from 6AM to 9AM Eastern Standard Time on weekdays. She has also done live reporting for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.The Cigar Store Indian
"The Cigar Store Indian" is the 74th episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. It is the tenth episode of the fifth season, and first aired on December 9, 1993.Today (U.S. TV program)
Today, also called The Today Show, is an American news and talk morning television show that airs on NBC. The program debuted on January 14, 1952. It was the first of its genre on American television and in the world, and after 67 years of broadcasting it is the fifth-longest-running American television series.
Originally a weekday two-hour program from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., it expanded to Sundays in 1987 and Saturdays in 1992. The weekday broadcast expanded to three hours in 2000, and to four hours in 2007 (though over time, the third and fourth hours became distinct entities). Today's dominance was virtually unchallenged by the other networks until the late 1980s, when it was overtaken by ABC's Good Morning America. Today retook the Nielsen ratings lead the week of December 11, 1995, and held onto that position for 852 consecutive weeks until the week of April 9, 2012, when Good Morning America topped it again. Today maintained its No. 2 status behind GMA from the summer of 2012 until it regained the lead in the aftermath of anchor Matt Lauer's departure in November 2017. In 2002, Today was ranked No. 17 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.The entertainment magazine Variety reported the 2016 advertising revenue during the first two hours of the show was $508.8 million.United Stations Radio Networks
United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) is a radio network providing a wide range of programs and programming services for radio stations across the US and elsewhere. It is based in New York City.
Some of its most popular offerings are Rewind with Gary Bryan, Nights With Alice Cooper, The House of Hair, various programs hosted by Tom Kent, Lex and Terry, HardDrive/HardDriveXL with Lou Brutus, Absolutely 80s with Nina Blackwood, Open House Party, Dick Bartley's Rock & Roll's Greatest Hits, The Classic Countdown Show, Bloomberg Radio, the Pulse of Radio morning prep service, Rick Jackson's Country Classics (added 2012), and reruns of Dick Clark's Rock, Roll & Remember and the daily Music Calendar. The network also co-manages, along with iHeartMedia, the Your Smooth Jazz network provided by Broadcast Architecture. United Stations also specializes in comedy services for radio. The station also provides a weather network; since 2009, the company has distributed Accuweather's forecasts (taking over the distribution from Westwood One). Previously, Al Roker and John Wetherbee ran USRN's weather division. The company also distributes Touchdown Radio Productions' college football broadcasts.
The company was founded in February 1994 by pop icon Dick Clark, and radio veterans Nick Verbitsky and Ed Salamon. Verbitsky continues to serve as the company's CEO, and Andy Denemark serves as the Vice President of Programming, and plays a large role in company contributions.
The similarly named "United Stations Radio Network" (singular), also founded by Clark, Verbitsky and Salamon in 1980, bought the RKO Radio Networks in 1985 and eventually merged with CBS Radio and Westwood One.Weekend Today
Weekend Today is the unofficial title of the Saturday and Sunday editions of Today, an American morning news and talk program that airs daily on NBC. Weekend editions of Today began with the launch of the Sunday edition of the program on September 20, 1987.
The Saturday edition of the program airs in alignment with the weekday editions of Today from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. ET, although some affiliates chose to tape-delay the program, though some Central Time Zone affiliates may choose to air it live at 6:00 a.m. Central Time. The Saturday edition airs on some NBC stations in earlier timeslots than the weekday editions; stations in the western half of the country choose to air it at 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. local time. The Sunday edition, meanwhile, airs from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. ET. Most NBC affiliates choose to air two separate hour-long blocks of their local morning newscasts around the Sunday edition, and in some markets, the Saturday edition, with the first hour of the local newscast airing before and the second hour airing after the program. Some affiliates preempt part of the broadcast or preempt the entire program outright.
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