OSWEGO — Al Roker, SUNY Oswego’s most visible alumnus, plans to bring his NBC “Today” show segments to campus Oct. 16.
Long an ardent and generous supporter of his alma mater, the “Today” co-anchor and weather and feature anchor also plans to take part in the college’s 10th annual Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Marano Campus Center arena and convocation hall.
“We’re thrilled that Al Roker will be broadcasting live from our campus to the millions of ‘Today’ show viewers on this important day in the life of our college,” said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. “And the excitement and enthusiasm of our students that day will make for a very special homecoming for Al.”
Arrangements are in progress for broadcast of Roker’s “Today” show segments from Oswego’s campus.
For those who wish to come to campus before dawn to watch live, the college will announce parking arrangements closer to the date.
Roker last brought the show live to his alma mater in October 2007 when the Campus Center was new. He broadcast seven live remotes, four of them with fans looking on.
This appearance would be the latest in a long list of ways the television superstar has supported SUNY Oswego, from frequent mentions on his “Today” set to a gift to support the O’Donnell Media Summit and the student-run television studio now named in Roker’s honor in the Marano Campus Center.
Raised in Queens, Roker received his bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Oswego in 1976 and a SUNY honorary doctorate at Oswego’s 1998 commencement ceremony.
Roker began his broadcasting career while still at SUNY Oswego, landing a job as weekend weather anchor with WTVH-TV in Syracuse. He joined “Today” as weather and feature anchor in January 1996, after having worked for NBC affiliates since 1983.
Always prepared to broadcast from weather hotspots, Roker counts among his 10 Emmy Awards a Daytime Emmy as part of NBC’s recognition for best morning newscast in 2010, the year he broadcast live from the earthquake in Haiti and from New Orleans on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
The co-host of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade founded multimedia development and production company Al Roker Entertainment in 1994.
He is the author of five books, including “Don’t Make Me Stop This Car: Adventures in Fatherhood” and “Al Roker’s Big Bad Book of Barbecue.”