Al Roker narrates SUNY Oswego documentary chapter

SUNY Oswego alumnus Al Roker, co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, separates fact from fiction in “Laker Lore,” the latest installment in the college’s sesquicentennial video series.

In the short film, viewable at, the 1976 Oswego graduate narrates an exploration of common and curious campus legends, such as stories of an old car buried on the college grounds, ropes to keep pedestrians from blowing away, a bathtub belonging to a U.S. president and the origins of Romney Field House.

In addition to his “Today” role, Roker has put his broadcasting degree from Oswego to use in many projects, including running Al Roker Entertainment, which produces shows for Court TV, the Food Channel, the History Channel, MSNBC, Spike TV and other networks. The winner of nine Emmy Awards has hosted many series and specials across the broadcast spectrum, including NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center and Rose Bowl Parade. Roker also has written several best-selling books.

SUNY Oswego’s eight-part documentary series, produced by New York Network, unveils a new installment every month. Other chapters, narrated by notable SUNY Oswego alumni, focus on topics such as the life and work of college founder Edward Austin Sheldon, changes in academics, athletics, student life and the college’s relation to world events.

The college’s sesquicentennial site,, features links to an interactive photo timeline, a “Then and Now” series comparing historic and contemporary images, video reminiscences from alumni, information on the college’s oldest buildings and more.

The college on the shore of Lake Ontario is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its 1861 founding as the Oswego Primary Teachers’ Training School. The first class of nine teachers-in-training met in a cloakroom in a school on Oswego’s West Fourth Street. Today SUNY Oswego enrolls more than 8,000 students on its nearly 700-acre lakeside campus, SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center, and SUNY Oswego Metro Center located in downtown Syracuse.

(Posted: Feb 03, 2012)

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