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Chris Wragge Is Out of His Mind

chris-wragge_8-24.jpgThis 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
4:30AM Car arrives
4:45AM Arrive at studio, begin prep
7:00AM Host “The Early Show”

9:30AM Post-wrap meeting
10:15AM Out of studio
10:30AM Home
10:45AM-12:30PM Nap
1:45PM Back in office; lunch at desk
2:00PM Meeting
2:45PM In studio shoots and prep
5:00PM WCBS News
6:00PM Break for dinner or nap
7:00PM Prep for tomorrow
9:30PM Prep for evening news
11:00PM Evening News
12:00AM Home
12:30AM Asleep
Repeat.
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