Wake Up With Al
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|Wake Up With Al|
Logo used since November 12, 2013
|Presented by||Stephanie Abrams
|Country of origin||United States|
New York City, New York
|Running time||90 minutes (60 minutes, rebroadcast)|
|Original channel||The Weather Channel|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original run||July 20, 2009– present|
Wake Up With Al is a American morning television program on The Weather Channel. Airing Monday through Fridays from 5:30-7 a.m. Eastern Time (with a rebroadcast airing from 10-11 a.m., featuring live weather updates mixed with recorded segments from the original broadcast), the program features a mix of weather forecasts, news headlines and feature segments. The program debuted on July 20, 2009.
The program is co-hosted by Al Roker, longtime weather anchor of the NBC morning program Today, and The Weather Channel meteorologist Stephanie Abrams. Roker hosts from Studio 6E one of NBC's "newsnooks" at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City; a large touchscreen is used during the broadcast at the studio to illustrate current and predicted weather conditions. MSNBC anchors provide news headlines during a segment produced out of MSNBC's headquarters at Rockefeller Center. In addition to weather forecasts, a celebrity interview usually is aired during the program, in a manner similar to those featured on Today; this has led to criticism from some viewers on the perception that Wake Up With Al focuses more on entertainment than providing weather forecasts.
In the event of a pending or ongoing significant weather event occurring that day (such as a severe weather outbreak, winter storm or a hurricane threatening the United States), a special two-hour live edition of Wake Up with Al will occasionally air from 5-7 a.m. Eastern (effectively pushing back the start time of its lead-ins – previously First Outlook and First Forecast, and currently Weather Center Live – by one hour). The 10 a.m. ET rebroadcast was originally replaced or preempted with a special live telecast; the rebroadcast is now pre-empted in such cases by an additional hour of Morning Rush. A special edition of Wake Up With Al may also air on weekend mornings from 5-7 a.m. Eastern during significant weather events.
On April 16, 2012, the show was "relaunched" with the introduction of a new opening title sequence and graphics package. In addition, Abrams would begin co-hosting the program from the New York City studio for a three-month trial run, which would become permanent should it be successful. On July 30, 2012, Abrams returned to the Atlanta studio as Roker traveled to London to cover the 2012 Summer Olympics for Today and The Weather Channel (with Jim Cantore also covering the event for the channel), Abrams returned to the channel's main Atlanta studios; by this point, she and Mike Bettes resumed co-hosting the entire three-hour broadcast of Your Weather Today. After Roker returned to New York City following the Olympics, Stephanie Abrams moved to the New York City studio full-time starting August 13, 2012 (in effect, resulting in a permanent split city format for Your Weather Today (now Morning Rush), which Abrams had also co-anchored since 2009). By this point, Richard Lui anchored the weather news headlines segment from MSNBC out of the Wake Up With Al studio.
On November 12, 2012, as part of a massive programming revamp at The Weather Channel, Wake Up With Al was expanded to 90 minutes, running from 5:30-7 a.m. Eastern. With the expansion, the program once again debuted a new graphics package after six months.
Wake Up With Al is anchored by Al Roker & Stephanie Abrams, with Reynolds Wolf and Jen Carfagno as segment correspondents and fill-ins and news reports from MSNBC anchors, Richard Lui, Frances Rivera and Alex Witt. When Al & Stephanie are off Jen Carfagno or Reynolds Wolf will come to NYC and fill-in.
- Stephanie Abrams – (2009–present)
- Al Roker – (2009–present)
- Jen Carfagno – (2009–present) segment correspondent and fill-in anchor
- Reynolds Wolf – (2014–present) segment correspondent and fill-in anchor
- MSNBC anchors
MSNBC news headlines segment
- Richard Lui – alternate
- Betty Nguyen – alternate
- Frances Rivera – alternate
- Alex Witt – fill-in/alternate
Former on-air staff
- Coast to Coast
- Weather Now
- Weather in the News
- Bus Stop Forecast
- MSNBC News Headlines
- CNBC Business Barometer
- Celebrity Forecast
- WUWA Rewind
- WUWA Access
- Al's Top 3
- The Weather Ripple Effect
- On The Road & In The Air
- Farmers Forecast
- Tropical Update