Venerable television journalist Tom Brokaw admitted to a first today:
He told musician will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas that he’s never been on stage with an artist “who’s been heard on Mars.”
Brokaw, the retired NBC News anchorman, shared the stage with the musician at a Huffington Post event on “What is Working” in inspiring job creation.
The event in Charlotte, site of the Democratic National Convention, was also sponsored by NBC News and Microsoft Corp.
If you think Brokaw was joking, you’re wrong.
Will.i.am partnered with NASA to become the first artist to have a song broadcast on Mars from the rover Curiosity. The musician did it all in the name of science — to inspire students to take up scientific pursuits. His students were able to hear the song at a NASA lab.