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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
By United Press International
Al Roker's face featured in corn maze

Al Roker's face featured in corn maze

ATKINS, Iowa, Aug. 16 (UPI) --Iowa farm carves Al Roker's face into corn field maze.
Danielle Haynes
Tara Reid, Ian Ziering star in first trailer for 'Sharknado 2'

Tara Reid, Ian Ziering star in first trailer for 'Sharknado 2'

NEW YORK, July 9 (UPI) --Tara Reid and Ian Ziering return to battle man-eating sharks, this time in New York City, in SyFy channel's followup to "Sharknado."
Annie Martin
Al Roker and Matt Lauer will make cameos in 'Sharknado 2'

Al Roker and Matt Lauer will make cameos in 'Sharknado 2'

April 2 (UPI) -- Al Roker and Matt Lauer will make cameo appearances in the upcoming film "Sharknado 2."
Annie Martn
Savannah Guthrie announces pregnancy at wedding

Savannah Guthrie announces pregnancy at wedding

March 17 (UPI) -- Savannah Guthrie and new husband Mike Feldman are expecting their baby to be born in late summer.
Danielle Haynes
'Today' show stars go barefaced for 'Love Your Selfie' series

'Today' show stars go barefaced for 'Love Your Selfie' series

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- "Today" hosts Matt Lauer, Kathy Lee and Al Roker, among others, appeared on camera without makeup for No Makeup Monday during Love Your Selfie week.
Annie Martin
Roker apologizes for predicting Blasio will be one-term NYC mayor

Roker apologizes for predicting Blasio will be one-term NYC mayor

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- "Today" show personality Al Roker apologized for blasting New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for not canceling school for a snowstorm.
Al Roker slams Mayor de Blasio for refusing to give NYC schools a snow day

Al Roker slams Mayor de Blasio for refusing to give NYC schools a snow day

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The "Today" show forecaster is not happy with how Bill de Blasio is handling this weather situation.
Kate Stanton

Beyonce, Wonder grace Michelle Obama's 50th birthday bash

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party was an A-list affair with Beyonce and Stevie Wonder providing the musical vibe, guests said Sunday.
DirecTV drops The Weather Channel

DirecTV drops The Weather Channel

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. satellite television provider DirecTV has dropped The Weather Channel from its subscription service due to a contract dispute.
Sam Champion leaves GMA for Weather Channel

Sam Champion leaves GMA for Weather Channel

Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Sam Champion, who has been the weather anchor on "Good Morning America" for the past seven years, is leaving ABC to get his own morning show on the Weather Channel.
Gabrielle Levy

GE creates 3-D Printing Day and gift contest

NEW YORK, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- General Electric Co. has designated Tuesday as 3-D Printing Day, hoping to add to the technology's hype with 3-D-printed gifts designed by U.S. celebrities.
Al Roker, Hoda Kotb to host Rose Parade in Pasadena

Al Roker, Hoda Kotb to host Rose Parade in Pasadena

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Al Roker of the "Today" show and Hoda Kotb are to anchor NBC's coverage of the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, the network announced.
Blige, Carey and Braxton to sing at Rockefeller Center tree lighting

Blige, Carey and Braxton to sing at Rockefeller Center tree lighting

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson are to perform at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting in New York, NBC said Tuesday.
Matt Lauer and Al Roker get prostate exams on 'Today'

Matt Lauer and Al Roker get prostate exams on 'Today'

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Matt Lauer and Al Roker took the "Today" show cameras with them when they underwent prostate exams at a New York hospital.
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Al Roker arrives for the 16th Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on October 23, 2006. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Albert Lincoln "Al" Roker, Jr. (born August 20, 1954) is an American television meteorologist as well as an actor and book author. He is best known as being the weather anchor on NBC's Today. On Monday, July 20, 2009, he began co-hosting his new morning show, Wake Up with Al, on The Weather Channel, which airs weekdays from 6am to 7am ET, one hour earlier than Today. He holds an expired American Meteorological Society Television Seal, #238. He is the author of a murder mystery, entitled The Morning Show Murders, about a celebrity chef and morning television show host drawn into international intrigue and mayhem.

Roker was born in Queens, NY, the son of Isabel, of Jamaican descent, and Albert Lincoln Roker, Sr., a labor relations negotiator, bus driver and dispatcher 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 double-majored in graphic design and broadcasting/journalism. Roker is a cousin of actress Roxie Roker, who is most notable for her role on the sitcom The Jeffersons and the mother of popular rock musician Lenny Kravitz.

Before the national recognition, Roker worked as a weather anchor for CBS affiliate WHEN-TV (now WTVH) in Syracuse, New York from 1974 until 1976, while he was still enrolled at SUNY Oswego. Following the completion of his collegiate 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.

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