NBC's 'Today" live broadcast draws 1,500 in Juneau

The Associated PressJuly 12, 2014 

— Juneau residents came out in droves this week to see some live television.

About 1,500 residents were on hand Thursday as NBC's "Today" did a live segment from Mendenhall Glacier.

Since the segment was live for East Coast audiences, that meant the show started at 3 a.m. local time in Alaska's capital.

Officials say people started lining up at the visitor center pavilion about 1:30 a.m., and the parking lot opened 30 minutes later.

The travel tourism segment was hosted by the show's Natalie Morales who spent two days in Juneau kayaking on Mendenhall Lake, ice climbing and flying in a helicopter above the glacier.

She also dined at local restaurants, and acknowledged to the Juneau Empire (http://is.gd/Oqodv6) that she did sample an Alaskan Amber at the Red Dog Saloon.

Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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