Rokerthon takes Tennessee by storm

NBC's Al Roker Broadcasts Live from Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tenn.

UNION CITY, Tenn - NBC's Al Roker highlighted one of Tennessee's most dynamic attractions during a live TODAY Show broadcast this morning from Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tenn. during "Rokerthon 2, Taking America By Storm."

The famous weatherman is making history by broadcasting weather from 50 states in one week in an attempt for The Guinness World Records. Roker is traveling by planes, trains and automobiles and will end his tour live Nov. 13 on Rockefeller Plaza.

During his appearance at DPA, Roker was welcomed by over 400 friends of DPA who gathered at the 50 acre park wearing their Tennessee volunteer colors, orange and white. In signature Tennessee style, Roker was offered a musical welcome as the Union City Tornados, a local 130-piece marching band, performed "Rocky Top" in his honor.

Continuing the musical hospitality, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development presented Roker with a bundle of vinyl records representing each genre of music born in Tennessee: blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, and soul.

"Each album was recorded in Tennessee, pressed in Tennessee, and purchased in Tennessee," said Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Kevin Triplett. "We wanted to provide a gift truly symbolizing what our state is: the 'Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.'"

Throughout Rokerthon 2, Roker's weather reports will air across additional NBC platforms including NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, NBC's local affiliate newscasts, and other programming. Rokerthon 2 will livestream on during portions of the day. Viewers can submit questions and request their hometown forecasts by tweeting @alroker using #Rokerthon. Follow @TODAYshow for live updates. Follow Tennessee Tourism @tnvacation using #madeintn.

NBC's TODAY is the news program that informs, entertains, inspires and sets the agenda each morning for Americans. Airing live 7-11 a.m. ET, TODAY reaches more than 5 million people every day through its broadcast, and millions more through, the TODAY app, and social media platforms. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Tamron Hall, Carson Daly, Hoda Kotb, and Kathie Lee Gifford are the anchors and hosts, Noah Oppenheim is the SVP and executive in charge and Don Nash is the executive producer.

The complete live stream of Roker at Discovery Park can be seen on or view a complete album of photos on Discovery Park's Facebook page. For more information about Discovery Park of America, visit the website at

Rokerthon takes Tennessee by stormAl Roker took a minute out of his busy trek across America to accept a gift from the State of Tennessee Tuesday at Discovery Park of America in Union City. Roker is attempting to set a Guinness World Record by broadcasting the weather live from 50 states with Tennessee being one of the ten states he visited on Tuesday. Pictured from left are: Kathy Dillon, Union City Manager; Jim Rippy, Discovery Park of America CEO; Roker; Jenny Kirkland, Discovery Park Foundation; Cindy Dupree, PR Director for the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development; and Terry Hailey, Union City Mayor. The famous "goat" from the Roker promo was in the crowd, with handler, Kacey King, as well as the Union City Marching Tornado Band. The band escorted Roker away from Discovery Park to the tune of "Rocky Top."