Volunteers needed for 'Today' show broadcast

Noel Lyn Smith
Al Roker

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau is looking for 50 volunteers to represent Farmington and San Juan County as Al Roker does a live weather broadcast on Monday morning at the Four Corners Monument.

Roker will broadcast the weather on the “Today” show from the monument as part of his attempt to set a Guinness World Records title for the fastest time to report a weather forecast from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The broadcast will start at 5 a.m. and end at 7:15 a.m., said Megan Kopf Stackhouse, vice president of public relations for the “Today” show, in an email.

The taping will be open to the public, and the monument will open at 4:30 a.m., Stackhouse said.

The Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau is partnering with the New Mexico Tourism Department and San Juan College to organize travel to and from the monument.

Volunteers will meet at 2:15 a.m. Monday at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St., and depart by motor coach at 2:30 a.m., according to the bureau.

The bureau advises volunteers dress warmly, and the state tourism department will provide New Mexico True T-shirts for participants to wear over their clothing.

Additional apparel, such as hats, that display Farmington or San Juan County and signs that highlight the city or the county are welcomed.

The bureau is also looking for two individuals who are between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall to wear a red chile costume and a green chile costume, both of which will be provided.

Anyone interested in volunteering can email Tonya Stinson, executive director of the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, at Tonya@FarmingtonNM.org.

Roker started his trip to set a world record on Friday in Honolulu. He was scheduled to visit Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday.

His schedule for Sunday listed him broadcasting from Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, California, Nevada and Wyoming.

In addition to the Four Corners Monument, Roker is set to visit Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

His trip is scheduled to end Friday in New York City.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-546-4636.