What is his story? He does not seem particularly skilled at anything.
|by Ann Curry||reply 22||11/23/2012|
I remember when he was the second tier weatherman on WNBC in New York. He was promoted when the station finally threw in the towel as to the No. 1 guy, Frank Field--they had issues going way back, including corporate's banning on-air appearances of Frank's bulldog puppy, Winston.
So here came (then) roly-poly Al, on at 6 and 11, doing the weather. Then he graduated to weekend Today, which then rotated local weathermen in talent try-outs for bigger things. Al apparently filled the bill (in more ways than one), graduating to weekday Today and pushing out Willard Scott, who was long past his expiration date.
Al has assets--great for diversity, but he talks white; is pleasant but not boring, since every so often he gives great snark like his recent "thrown under the bus" remark; and best of all for the corporate suits, he's not offensive. Even though he's now thin, viewers can sense the jolly fat man that's still a part of his on-air persona.
|by Ann Curry||reply 1||08/21/2012|
He's no longer a fat tub of lard but he's hardly thin.
|by Ann Curry||reply 2||08/24/2012|
He has a weekend home in my town here in Columbia County- 2 hours north of the city. He and his family are in town ALOT- but he sends the wife into stores while he sits in the big black SUV- a bit shy and more than a bit cranky- he does book signings at the local, mom and pop bookstore every time he has a book come out and puts on the charm then, but catch him off guard and he comes off a bit mean and irritated...
|by Ann Curry||reply 3||08/24/2012|
It's too bad on a lot of fronts.
Frank was very old style NBC & my guess was that Al was being 'used' for the 'Buppies'.
None of this really matters, does it? NBC is NOTHING like it used to be, which is a shame. Al will be replaced by someone who'll gossip about him & so it goes as Ellerbee would say.
BTW, I loved Winston & was upset that when he was offered to me by Frank's family, 1 of my parents would not allow me to have him.
|by Ann Curry||reply 4||11/23/2012|
I remember Al Roker when he used to do the weather on some Cleveland station back in the 80s. He was perfectly pleasant but I would never have guessed he would end up on the Today show.
|by Ann Curry||reply 5||11/23/2012|
He can burp the alphabet.
|by Ann Curry||reply 6||11/23/2012|
He lost 80 pounds.
|by Ann Curry||reply 7||11/23/2012|
R5, gotta post a 'me too'. He was an okay weatherguy, but if you'd told me he'd be on the Today show in just a few years I'd have thought you were nuts.
|by Ann Curry||reply 8||11/23/2012|
Neither do any of the "fuckable" newsreaders, weatherfags and "reporters" yet I don't see you bitching about them.
|by Ann Curry||reply 9||11/23/2012|
There are a lot of talented anchors, journalists and weathermen who never make it to the national stage. It is largely because they are not as attractive.
|by Ann Curry||reply 10||11/23/2012|
Isn't he married to some soap actress? Or an ABC reporter?
|by Ann Curry||reply 11||11/23/2012|
He's married to ABC 20/20 correspondent Deborah Roberts, who is apparently quite nice.
Have a friend who had dinner at their place in Columbia County and Al was in a foul mood and was screaming at his kid throughout dinner. It was pretty uncomfortable for their guests.
|by Ann Curry||reply 12||11/23/2012|
He was a likeable foil for Sue Simmons. Sorry to hear about his crankiness. He talks "white"? Name a national anchor who speaks with an accent or regionalisms? It's not whiteness, it's proper E nglish and professionalism.
|by Ann Curry||reply 13||11/23/2012|
|by Ann Curry||reply 14||11/23/2012|
[quote]What is his story? He does not seem particularly skilled at anything.
Fuck off and die, you racist queen. Of course no Black people seem skilled to the likes of you, you inbred piece of shit.
|by Ann Curry||reply 15||11/23/2012|
It's that the viewers like him and want to see him. Nothing more really. How else can you explain the success of people like Willard Scott?
|by Ann Curry||reply 16||11/23/2012|
Al is the kind of on air personality we can all relate to and he can get away with things many others are unable to. Thinking about his shameless hustle of Barbara Bush during some parade she and George Walker were riding in. I don't recall the details but Al asked and got an answer where no other journalist could. All courts need their jesters and Al is willing to do anything, go anywhere, sell anything
|by Ann Curry||reply 17||11/23/2012|
Jeez, R15. Put down the pipe! Don't see any reference to his race in OP's post. S/he's actually correct.
|by Ann Curry||reply 18||11/23/2012|
Fuck you R18, OP didn't need to call Al the N-word or refer to his race. The bigotry was implied and you know it as well as me.
|by Ann Curry||reply 19||11/23/2012|
Roxie Romer's (Jefferson's Helen Willis and Lenny Kravitz's mother) cousin.
|by Ann Curry||reply 20||11/23/2012|
He is one of those "safe" negroes that is nice, well spoken and wont upset the white people that watch. When he starts getting out of place, he will be gone.
|by Ann Curry||reply 21||11/23/2012|
What r1 said
|by Ann Curry||reply 22||11/23/2012|