Wake Up With Al
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|Wake Up With Al|
|Presented by||Stephanie Abrams
|Country of origin||United States|
New York City, New York
|Original channel||The Weather Channel|
|Picture format||480i (SD)
|Original run||July 20, 2009– present|
Wake Up With Al is a weekday morning weather program on The Weather Channel with live weather updates mixed with recorded segments from the original broadcast. It hosted by Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams.
The program is co-hosted by Today weather anchor Al Roker and The Weather Channel meteorologist Stephanie Abrams. Roker hosts from the Today Show studio in New York City with a large touchscreen for presenting weather, Abrams is also in studio with Roker. MSNBC anchors provide news headlines for Wake Up with Al from MSNBC world headquarters in Manhattan. In addition to weather forecasts, a celebrity interview usually is aired during the program, in a manner similar to Today.
In rare instances however, the initial 6 a.m. broadcast was extended to two hours from 5-7 a.m. ET (effectively pushing back the start time of lead-in First Outlook by one hour), and the 10 a.m. ET rebroadcast was and still may be replaced or preempted with an entirely live telecast in the event an ongoing significant weather event occurs (e.g., severe weather outbreak, winter storm, hurricane threatening the United States). Weather Channel fans have criticized the show for focusing more on entertainment than weather.
On April 16, 2012, the show was "relaunched" with a new opening title sequence and graphics introduced. In addition, Stephanie Abrams would begin co-hosting the program from the New York City studio for three months to see how the chemistry is when Roker and Abrams are in the same studio. According to insiders, if this was successful, this switch would be permanent.
When Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams are on assignment, Mike Bettes will anchor with Maria LaRosa during the 6 and 10 a.m. ET editions from The Weather Channel's Atlanta studios.
When Al Roker went to cover the 2012 Summer Olympics in London alongside Jim Cantore, Stephanie Abrams returned to the Atlanta studios and she and Mike Bettes resumed co-hosting all three hours of Your Weather Today. However, when Roker returned to New York from covering the Olympics, Abrams also returned to New York and hosted Your Weather Today from there permanently. Richard Lui hosted the MSNBC weather headlines from the Wake Up With Al studio.
The Weather Channel announced a massive programming change to all shows. Wake Up With Al now airs 5:30-7 a.m. ET as part of the morning changes, which occurred November 12, 2012. With it, WUWA debuted new graphics after six months.
If there is an ongoing, significant weather event (severe weather outbreak, winter storm, hurricane threatening the U.S.), Wake up with Al will air from 5-7 a.m. ET, and the 10-11 a.m. ET version will be pre-empted by an additional hour of Morning Rush. Also, Wake Up With Al may air on the weekends from 5-7 a.m. ET as well, dependent on how major the weather event is.
When Roker is off, Maria LaRosa or Mike Bettes would fill-in and when Abrams is off, Jen Carfagno or Maria LaRosa would fill-in.
- Stephanie Abrams (2009–present)
- Al Roker (2009–present)
- Mike Bettes - fill-in and segment correspondent (2009–present)
- Maria LaRosa - fill-in and segment correspondent (2011–present)
- Jen Carfagno – fill-in
- Richard Lui and other MSNBC anchors - MSNBC news headlines segment
- 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