Al Roker made a dramatic announcement this morning on “Today”: NBC’s affiliate in Honolulu had “been knocked off air.”
KHNL went into extended breaking news mode throughout the night and into the morning as the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center announced that a tsunami, stemming from the earthquake off the coast of Japan, could hit the islands of Hawaii in the early hours of Friday morning.
TVSpy confirmed with KHNL that they were never knocked off the air this morning so what happened on “Today”? It turns out that Roker had misunderstood notes that had been handed to him, a spokesperson for “Today” told TVSpy.
Roker’s flub was especially odd considering that it came right after “Today” ran video of a placid Hawaiian shoreline.