This week, CBS’ Chris Wragge is starting his day at 3:45am as he fills in for Harry Smith on “The Early Show.” Wragge ends his day after anchoring the 11 O’Clock news for WCBS-TV in New York, and smack in the middle he anchors the hour-long 5pm news.
TVNewser caught up with him during a few spare minutes to see how he’s holding up. “I’ve done this a couple of times for just a few days,” he said. “But this time it’s a little bit much.”
For the rest of this week, Wragge will be doing all three programs along with various other duties he’s been assigned: “This week is a little bit different. I have to shoot a promo for The Barclays for CBS on the golf course tomorrow. So I’ll probably sleep in the car. Wednesday, I have a CBS News shoot that’s September 11th related. (Sighs) We’ll get through it.”
We asked him how he does it. Diet and exercise appear to be key: “Gotta have a good diet. I start building up the week before like a runner training for a marathon or Lance Armstrong for the Tour De France.”
“I gotta tell you, this is a tremendous opportunity and I’m extremely flattered,” he adds. Wragge is very aware of the fortune he has. “It takes me two-three weeks to recover, but no one else in the country has that kind of opportunity. Especially when you consider what’s happening to a lot of people in this industry.”
After the jump, you can actually see a breakdown of Wragge’s entire day and it’s enough to make us want to pass out just reading it.
|3:45AM||Alarm goes off|
|4:45AM||Arrive at studio, begin prep|
|7:00AM||Host “The Early Show”|
|10:15AM||Out of studio|
|1:45PM||Back in office; lunch at desk|
|2:45PM||In studio shoots and prep|
|6:00PM||Break for dinner or nap|
|7:00PM||Prep for tomorrow|
|9:30PM||Prep for evening news|