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Weatherman Al Roker will broadcast from monument in attempt to set world record

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FARMINGTON — When viewers of the "Today" show on NBC tune in on Nov. 9, they will see weather forecaster Al Roker broadcasting from the Four Corners Monument.

The Navajo Parks and Recreation Department announced last week that Roker will broadcast the weather from the monument as part of his attempt to set a world record.

Roker is seeking a Guinness World Records title for the fastest time to report a weather forecast from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The challenge, named “Rokerthon 2: Taking America By Storm,” will start Friday when Roker broadcasts from Honolulu.

He will then travel by planes, trains and automobiles to broadcast from cities and towns across the country, ending at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on Nov. 13, according to an NBC press release.

The Nov. 9 broadcast will be from 5 to 7 a.m., according to a press release from the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department, which operates the monument.

The taping will be open to the public, said Megan Kopf Stackhouse, vice president of public relations for the “Today” show, in an email.

“It’s a great location and it covers four states in a short amount of time, which helps Al in his attempt at the record,” Stackhouse said.

Stackhouse referred questions about when the public can arrive to monument to the tribal department, which did not provide a response by deadline.

The monument marks the boundaries of four states, as well as the boundaries of the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.

Stackhouse said both tribes were consulted about the visit before it was announced, and performers from each tribe will be part of the live broadcast.

Martin Begaye, department manager for the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department, said in the press release that the tribe looks forward to sharing the Navajo culture with the world.

“We are also very grateful that NBC selected Four Corners Monument as a place to televise Mr. Roker’s weather forecast,” Begaye said.

In addition to attempting to set a record, the event will support Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks that address the issue of hunger in the United States.

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

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