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Al Roker launching three “shows” with video streaming service Meerkat


Al Roker has always been one of America’s most technologically advanced weathermen, from the great strides he made in being able to see what’s happening in your neck of the woods to the time he pooped his pants at the White House and (presumably) used a Men In Black-style memory eraser to make it so we were all cool with that. Now, according to Variety, he’s taking his high-tech talents to Meerkat, the live-video-streaming app that is not Periscope.

This week, Roker will be launching three new “shows” on Meerkat, though none of them are about weather (or meerkats, for that matter). Instead, the shows will be about cooking, with the first—an interview with Plated CEO Nick Taranto—premiering, well, over an hour ago. So you missed it. In order to actually catch these Meerkat streams, you’ll have to be on Twitter when Roker posts the link, otherwise you’ll be left behind like some kind of foolish betamax/HD DVD/Periscope user. Luckily, we know when Roker will host his next streams: Tomorrow at 4 p.m. eastern will be Food Al Fresco, an open discussion with a group of food bloggers. Then, at 1 p.m. eastern on Wednesday, Roker will talk to a pastry chef with a big YouTube following.


Alright, so he’s not performing Shakespeare or pulling off sick BMX tricks or whatever, but we don’t see you putting your famous weatherman career on the line for a series of online cooking videos. Well, his career isn’t really on the line, since Roker even admits that the only reason he’s doing this is because “it’s not like anybody’s going to get hurt” and he thinks it’ll be fun to “be the first out there,” but still. Maybe something will go terribly wrong and nobody will trust him to report the weather anymore. Although, he did poop his pants at the White House and we all got over that, so maybe Roker is just invincible. (Weatherproof?)

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