ABC’s “Good Morning America” weatherman Tony Perkins was coached by locals on how to pronounce Nevada before he took to the airwaves Wednesday from downtown Reno to showcase the city and its annual Hot August Nights event.
About 1,000 people turned out in the pre-dawn darkness to cheer and show off their classic cars as Perkins presented the day’s national weather forecast.
The segments were filmed beginning at 4 a.m. PDT, to correspond with GMA’s 7 a.m. airing on the East Coast.
Carlos Fauna, a meteorologist at KOLO-TV, Reno’s ABC affiliate, said he talked with Perkins before the show and coached him how to say Nevada.
Many Easterners tend to pronounce the state’s name neh-VAH-dah, much to the chagrin of longtime Nevadans, who insist it’s pronounced neh-VAD’-ah.
Perkins noted the lesson in his broadcast — and pronounced the name like a native throughout the show.
Hot August Nights is Reno’s tribute to classic cars and rock ’n’ roll from the 50s and 60s.
Thousands of people are in town for the annual weeklong event that features cruising parades, show-n-shines, sock hops and concerts.