Details on 'Today' show's stop in Tampa
The good folks at the Today show have passed along more information about their stop next Tuesday in Tampa, planned as part of a week of live shots from states which will be hotly contested "swing states in the presidential election.
Anchors Matt Lauer and Al Roker will be broadcasting from the University of Tampa's new Student Center. Gov. Charlie Crist is expected to appear, along with one of the candidates, and the show will unveil a new NBC News poll focusing on Florida issues.
They're also expecting to chat with a Florida humorist, and Roker will interview Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ronde Barber, joined live via satellite from New York City by Ronde's twin brother, NBC personality Tiki Barber. Roker also will do a cooking segment with some local chefs and hang with the University of Tampa's pep band. Additionally, Michelle Kosinski will be live from Fort Myers looking at the real estate crash there.
Sounds like they've got a lot on tap. The show, as always, kicks off at 7 a.m.
Click below for more details . . .
'TODAY' TAKES ON THE BATTLEGROUND STATES
The Four-Day Series Begins Monday, September 22, the Week of the First Presidential Debate
NEW YORK - September 8, 2008 - - Amid one of the most extraordinary and hard-fought presidential campaigns in history, NBC News' "Today" will take the show on the road and broadcast live from crucial "battleground states" where the White House may be lost or won. Over four straight days, starting Monday, September 22nd, "Today" will zero in on the deep divisions and cultural chasms that have turned these states into hotbeds of political combat. Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry and Al Roker will focus on all of the flashpoints, and "Today" will take a battlefield-level look at how the McCain and Obama camps are fighting it out on the ground.
America's number-one morning program will kick off "'Today Takes on the Battleground States" live from Philadelphia on Monday, September 22. The show will then travel to Tampa, Florida for Tuesday's broadcast, continuing to Williamsburg, Virginia on Wednesday. The series will conclude in Detroit on Thursday, the day before the presidential debate in Oxford, Mississippi.
Jim Bell is the executive producer of "Today" (Mon.-Fri., 7-11 a.m.). Noah Kotch is the senior producer responsible for "'Today' Takes on the Battleground States."