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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
Abrams
. “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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Al Roker Now Getting Up Even Earlier

TVNewser caught up with Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams today as they promote their new morning show on The Weather Channel. “Wake Up With Al” (or “WUWA!!!” as the two seem really excited about referring to it) will start airing on July 20th weekdays 6-7amET with a reair at 10amET(7amPT) for the West Coast. The new show will cover weather, news, and entertainment and will feature headlines from MSNBC and CNBC. Al will be doing the new show from New York and then hustling over to his regular post at “Today.”

We were able to grab Al and Stephanie for a moment to discuss the new show, the early hours they keep, and Al’s ongoing feud with Chris Cuomo. There isn’t enough caffeine in the world that could help us keep up with these two.

Al Roker To Host Daily Show on The Weather Channel

Roker_4.29.jpgIn the first big cross-network programming initiative, Al Roker announced this morning that he will be hosting a new daily program on the Weather Channel, one hour before the Today show begins. “Wake up With Al” will be hosted by Roker and co-hosted by The Weather Channel’s Stephanie Abrams weekday mornings at 6amET. “We’ll be doing it here in New York live and down at The Weather Channel,” said Roker as he broke the news during the Today show this morning.

“I’m so excited to be working with you,” said Abrams adding, “We’ll go live to the field to all the big weather events happening all around the country. Most importantly, we’ll have a lot of fun with the weather. The weather doesn’t always have to be so serious,” she said.

The show will premiere this summer with no firm launch date given.

NBCU, along with private equity firms Blackstone Group and Bain Capital acquired The Weather Channel last July.

Press release after the jump…

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