‘Today’ converts small side room to studio for 34 hour forecast

One of NBC News‘ big sweeps stunts is a (hopefully) recording breaking 34-hour long weather forecast presented by Al Roker.

For the forecast, the “Today Show” converted a small room off of the Studio 1A‘s Orange Room into a studio for Roker.

The room has a narrow wall of windows that overlooks Rockefeller Plaza, allowing the show’s trademark crowd to be seen (though not very well at times due to some lighting issues).

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Around this window, printed graphics featuring the Rokerthon (as “Today” is calling it) branding.

A single camera and temporary lighting were adding to the area, along with a freestanding flat screen for weather maps and graphics. Beneath the monitor, a digital clock counts out the elapsed time above the Guinness Book of World Records and Rokerthon logo.

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During a “Today” segment Thursday, anchor Tamron Hall made a mad dash from the Orange Room’s back entrance, which is often visible on air, through a narrow hallway and a crowd of crew members to join Roker. Roker also got caught relieving himself on air during the event thanks to a hot mic.

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