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Stephanie Abrams: Space Camp Hall of Famer

The Weather Channel meteorologist and “Wake Up With Al” co-host Stephanie Abrams received quite a surprise on the program, as she found out she was being inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame.

Al Roker brought on the director of education for Space Camp, as well as a former Space Shuttle commander, to break the news.

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Matt Lauer Cracks The Time 100

Fresh off of his new contract with NBCUniversal, “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer is named one of the “Time 100″ most influential  people. As is customary for Time’s list, Lauer was profiled by a well-known colleague, in this case, “America’s Got Talent” judge, radio host and fellow Hamptons-dweller Howard Stern.

We all wondered, Was it over? It’s over, it’s over, he’s losing his hair! It’s got to be over! But we were wrong! The strength was still there, perhaps stronger still, crashing pillars to earth with innate strength and charm and class — Matt Lauer, 54, the anti-Samson, going up against pretty guys and girls, the hairy people. He was still the smartest, the strongest, the classiest. How? Why? This is a guy who never gives up! Why? How? ‘Cause he works his ass off and cares about everything he does. Adversity, begone! Katie leaves. Meredith leaves. Knuckleheads come and go. Matt is there and stronger still. Our leader, diving into treacherous TV morning waters unscathed by sharks, unstung by stingrays, impossible to harm ’cause our Matt is cool and relaxed and so we’re cool and relaxed and we can deal with the complexities of a presidential interview, a great sports event or the wacko.

Later on, Stern gets inappropriate, as he is want to do. Read the rest here, and see the rest of the “Time 100″ here.

Lauer also stopped by the Weather Channel’s morning show “Wake Up with Al,” yesterday, welcoming co-anchor Stephanie Abrams to New York.

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Weather Channel Shaking Up ‘Wake Up With Al’

Starting in mid-April, The Weather Channel’s “Wake Up with Al” will have a decidedly different vibe, as the show originates from New York, rather than Weather’s Atlanta headquarters.

Co-host Al Roker usually hosts the show from New York, with his colleague Stephanie Abrams joining him via video from Atlanta. For the next few months however Abrams will be joining Roker in New York. A Weather Channel tipster tells us that the move is a “tryout,” designed to see how the chemistry looks when Roker and Abrams are in the same room rather than in different states. If the results are positive, the show may originate from New York permanently.

To go along with her temporary move, Abrams will also be hosting “Your Weather Today” from New York.

Synergy! NBCUniversal Brings In NBC News, E!, Weather Channel and More For NFL Kickoff

This Thursday, the 2011-2012 NFL season kicks off with the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers taking on the New Orleans Saints. The game will be broadcast on NBC, so naturally the network is making full use of its corporate siblings to promote the event.

NBC News, CNBC, Weather Channel, E! and other networks will all have football-related programming this week, leading up to Thursday’s big game.

Media companies such as NBCUniversal and News Corp. pay big money to secure sports rights, so they make sure that they leverage their other resources to maximize tune-in. For example, earlier this Summer Fox News sent a number of hosts and producers to Arizona during the MLB All-Star Game, and featured baseball in a number of segments that might have otherwise focused on different news.

So what does NBC have planned?

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Hurricane Irene Keeps Reporters & Forecasters on the Move

TV news anchors, correspondents and meteorologists may not have to go far from their New York headquarters to cover Hurricane Irene as the Category 3 storm barrels toward the East Coast.

With the 11amET advisory, the storm continues its catastrophic path toward North Carolina, the DelMarVa peninsula and the coasts of New Jersey, New York and New England.

The Weather Channel just added an “EXTREME” threat level category from eastern North Carolina to southern New England.

NBC’s Al Roker is in the appropriately named Duck, NC alongside his Weather Channel colleague Stephanie
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. “We’ll stay here through tomorrow then head to either coastal New Jersey or New York,” Roker tells TVNewser between liveshots on MSNBC.

ABC’s Matt Gutman, CBS’s Mark Strassman, NBC’s Kerry Sanders, CNN’s John Zarrella and FNC’s John

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Jenn Sterger Lands Ringside Reporter Gig For Fuel TV

Former New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger will serve as a ringside reporter for Fuel TV’s upcoming Hometown Throwdown.

Sterger interviewed amateur fighters during the pair of one-hour specials taped early last month in LaCrosse, Wis.

Hometown Throwdown is set to air in June and contestants are competing for the Hometown Hero title.

It marks the first job for Sterger since The Daily Line on Versus was canceled last November.

Sterger’s agent, Mark Turner, told the New York Post that “Jenn has also had discussions with a number of media companies and has been in talks about a variety of opportunities.”

 

 

Education Nation Soaked

Downpours in New York City this morning soaked Day 2 of NBC News’s Education Nation. The conference, some of which has been carried on MSNBC and NBC, is being held on Rockefeller Plaza, including a tented space over the area that is the skating rink in the Winter months.

The worst of it began around 8:50amET. NBC crews, concerned about safety of participants, evacuated the area bringing a halt to the conference for about 45 minutes just as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was about to speak.

Bloomberg went on with the speech from MSNBC’s studio, giving the mayor 14 minutes of national airtime to talk about his city’s education initiatives. The cable channel then aired a discussion with Tom Brokaw and Newark, NJ major Cory Booker, whose city schools just received $100M from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The rest of the day’s panel discussions have been moved to studios inside the GE building. The Weather Channel’s Stephanie Abrams, anchoring her show from New York, covered the news via Twitter (picture above):

Had to stop show, because they are worried about the Education Nation tents leaking! Headed to tent to chk it out!!!

Education Nation continues tomorrow, and there is more rain in the forecast.

Today’s Forecast: Sunny, with a Chance of Muzak

An unusual occurrence this morning on NBC’s “Today.” Stephanie Abrams was filling in for Al Roker, or at least she was supposed to.

Abrams ended up getting stuck in an elevator with her hair and makeup team coming down to the “Today” studio, so she delivered the first forecast of the morning via cell phone:

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Luckily, she was able to make it to the studio for the second forecast, but that didn’t stop Matt Lauer from cracking a joke at her expense in the elevator:

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Brian Williams ‘Congratulates’ Al Roker on One Year of ‘Wake Up with Al’

One year ago, on July 20, 2009, The Weather Channel debuted a new morning show, “Wake Up with Al,” hosted by Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams.

In the video clip above, “NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams offers his heartfelt congratulations to Roker, who Williams assures us is “rolling in it,” money-wise:

Researchers in Sweden have just identified an hour of the day when Al Roker is not on television… As you expand your reach to four AM, three am then two then one, the global outreach that is Al Roker, the fortune you have built up over the years, the rest of us can just stand in awe of you my friend.

TVNewser on the Morning Media Menu

On today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu, TVNewser talked with the hosts, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven, about some of the week’s big TV news stories including ABC’s $200,000 footage for the “Family Secrets” special, Jake Tapper‘s Mark Sanford emails, Sonia Sotomayor hearing coverage, and even our chat with Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams about their new show “Wake Up With Al.” Plus: some other stuff.

Check it out below. You can listen to all the past podcasts at Blog Talk Radio and call in at 646-929-0321.



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