Al Roker brings 'Today Show' to Hatcher Family Dairy
By Kerri Bartlett & Brandy Blanton
The "Today Show's" affable weatherman Al Roker broadcast his segments from Hatcher Family Dairy in College Grove, Tenn., May 8. Photos by Brandy Blanton.
Nationally known weather personality Al Roker broadcast his weather segments of NBC’s “Today Show” this morning from Hatcher Family Dairy, a family-owned farm in College Grove that’s been around since 1831.
Sharon, Charlie and Jennifer Hatcher appeared on the “Today Show” last week as finalists for the contest “Wake Up With Al,” a televised segment that sends Roker around the nation to report the weather live at different locations.
Up since at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, Charlie Hatcher said, “The whole experience and the trip to New York have been fascinating.” Although the farm has had public exposure in the past, he said, “This is on a much wider national scale.”
“I have such respect for our farmers,” Roker said. “A farm is the true representation of the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. If you’ve got a bad crop or rough spring and summer – that affects the market. It really is the circle of life.”
Roker also talked about how the nation was founded as an agrarian society and that many of our nation’s representatives have been farmers.
Roker frequently visits Tennessee to visit the godparents of his children, who live in Brentwood he said, which has familiarized him with the area including the “iconic” WSM radio tower near Concord Road and I-65, “which is a part of broadcasting history.” He said he was previously familiar with the products from Hatcher Family Dairy, having even enjoyed its milk on a previous visit.
Housing 72 cows and 80 hens, the farm provides dairy products to about 40 local stores and several restaurants.
“It’s important to appreciate where we get our food,” Roker said.
Although Roker was not involved in the selection process for locations for “Wake Up With Al,” he believed that the contest should focus on service.
“This week we are visiting a family farm, firehouse and school. All three are so important, yet probably not as appreciated,” Roker said.
Roker fed milk to a calf as part of his appearance.
Sharon (pink shirt) and Charlie Hatcher (black shirt), owners of Hatcher Family Dairy, talk with Roker.
Posted on: 5/8/2013